The 2016 U.S. presidential election served as a wake-up call for lawmakers and the public about the threat that cyberattackers can pose to the country's democracy, CISA Director Christopher Krebs said at the RSA 2020 conference. Election security and ransomware remain his agency's two biggest concerns.
The Reserve Bank of India's plans to create a self-regulatory organization by April to help oversee the digital payments system could help reduce the complexity of RBI's efforts to help ensure payments security, some security experts say.
Since the $81 million Bangladesh Bank online heist in 2016, the nation's banks have made some progress in cybersecurity, but they still have a long way to go, says Prabeer Sarkar, CEO of Dhaka Distributions, a local cybersecurity company, who sizes up what work still needs to be done.
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Cybercriminals targeted mobile banking users by sending malicious SMS messages to their smartphones as part of a phishing campaign to steal account holders' information, including usernames and passwords, according to the cybersecurity firm Lookout.
Israel's voter registration database - comprising close to 6.5 million people - was exposed to the internet because of an elementary coding flaw in an election application. It's unclear how long the exposure lasted or if bad actors accessed the data.
Canada's privacy commissioner is taking Facebook to court to try to force the social network to make specific changes to its privacy practices. The regulator has no power to issue fines or binding orders, meaning it must petition the federal court to force Facebook to make changes.
India's proposed 2020-2021 budget includes several initiatives that would support data security efforts. Those include investments in quantum computing research, "data center parks" for local secure storage of data and digital forensics skills development, Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman revealed.
The government of India is testing a new instant messaging service for government officials to help ensure the confidentiality of official communications and prevent the leaking of sensitive information.
Iowa prosecutors have dropped all charges against two penetration testers who were contracted to test the electronic and physical security of three judicial facilities, only to be arrested for trespassing. The case highlights how a lack of communication before penetration tests can have serious consequences.
Apple previously scuttled plans to add end-to-end encryption to iCloud backups, Reuters reports, noting that such a move would have complicated law enforcement investigations. But the apparent olive branch hasn't caused the U.S. government to stop vilifying strong encryption and the technology giants that provide it.
Microsoft says it's prepping a patch to fix a memory corruption flaw in multiple versions of Internet Explorer that is being exploited by in-the-wild attackers, and it's issued mitigation guidance. Security firm Qihoo 360 says the zero-day flaw has been exploited by the DarkHotel APT gang.