The latest edition of the ISMG Security Report analyzes Twitter's repurposing of user phone numbers for targeted advertising. Plus: A discussion of 5G security issues and findings of the Internet Organized Crime Threat Assessment.
Online attack threats continue to intensify, with criminals preferring ransomware, DDoS attacks and business email compromises, warns Europol, the EU's law enforcement intelligence agency. After numerous successful disruptions by police, criminals have responded by launching increasingly complex attacks.
As part of a multi-city tour, ISMG and Sonatype visited Atlanta recently for an engaging discussion on how to mitigate risks introduced by open source code. Here's a conversation with DevOps advocate Derek Weeks.
Amidst a multi-city tour, ISMG and Sonatype visited Boston for an engaging discussion on how to mitigate risks introduced by open source software. Sonatype CMO Matt Howard discusses how the conversation highlights the offense vs. defense approaches to securing critical applications.
Nation-state attackers have been targeting known flaws that customers have yet to patch in their Pulse Secure, Palo Alto and Fortinet VPN servers, Britain's National Cyber Security Center warns, adding that any organization that didn't immediately apply patches should review logs for signs of hacking.
Banking Trojans and cryptocurrency mining malware continue to be among the most-seen types of malicious code used for nontargeted attacks. But cybercrime attackers are increasingly running targeted campaigns, security researchers warn.
More than 600 ransomware attacks pummelled local governments, schools districts and healthcare providers across the U.S. in the first three quarters of this year, according to a study by security firm Emsisoft. Meanwhile, the FBI this week issued a fresh warning about the threat.
British police have auctioned off bitcoins and other cryptocurrencies seized from a U.K. teenager who participated in the hack of the London-based telecommunications firm TalkTalk in 2015. The auction netted $294,000, which will be used by law enforcement to help fund crime-fighting efforts.
The U.S. imposed fresh sanctions on a close ally of Russian President Vladimir Putin and six employees of a notorious propaganda agency, who have all been accused of using social media to try and influence the 2018 midterm elections. The U.S. government hopes the sanctions will deter further attempts.
"Cyberattacks are one of the unfortunate realities of doing business today," reads gaming company Zynga's data breach notification, thus breaking the first rule of crisis management: Own your mistakes. Hacker Gnosticplayers claims the company was still storing passwords using outdated SHA1.
The city of Baltimore's ransomware outbreak - $18 million in costs and counting - led to many crypto-locked files being lost forever, because no IT policy mandated centralized file backups. But effective IT solutions exist to help solve this challenge, provided they're deployed in advance of an attack.
More proof that when it comes to crime, there's nothing new under the sun: Federal prosecutors have charged two men with attempting to extort cryptocurrency worth more than $12 million from a startup firm planning to undertake an initial coin offering, in part via physical intimidation.
Two Kazakhstan nationals have pleaded guilty to charges stemming from their role in helping to run a $29 million online advertising fraud scheme that the FBI worked with several security firms to shut down in 2018.