Once again, a supposedly secure service allegedly marketed to criminals has proven to have limits. Dutch police have busted a "cryptophone" operation, allowing them to decrypt more than 258,000 encrypted chat messages, leading to a drug lab bust, 14 arrests and the seizure of cash, drugs and weapons.
The Reserve Bank of India's new guidelines on interoperability of prepaid payment instruments will lead to better management of cybersecurity and security audits. But many questions are yet to be answered.
With at least 20 billion new consumer devices set to be internet-connected by 2020, initiatives in the U.K. and California are trying to ensure that as many IoT devices as possible will be out-of-the-box secure, for starters by not shipping with default passwords.
Heathrow, the U.K.'s largest airport, has been fined by the country's privacy watchdog for a series of data security missteps that led to a USB memory drive containing highly sensitive information being lost by an airport security trainer on a London city street, where it was found by a passerby.
In Australia, it can take as few as 15 minutes to steal someone's phone number, a type of attack known as SIM hijacking. Such attacks are rising, but mobile operators have no plans to change the authentication required around number porting, which can be set in motion online with minimal personal information.
The new India Post Payments Bank will take banking to the doorstep by using India's mammoth network of post offices. Postmen will perform digital transactions on their phones. That's raising concern among security leaders, who recommend adopting defense-in-depth security.
Air Canada is forcing 1.7 million mobile app account users to reset their passwords after it detected unusual login behavior that it says may have exposed 20,000 accounts, including passport information. But the company is enforcing password complexity rules that experts advise against.
It's déjà vu "FBI vs. Apple" all over again, as Reuters reports that the Justice Department is seeking to compel Facebook to build a backdoor into its Messenger app to help the FBI monitor an MS-13 suspect's voice communications.
Leading the latest edition of the ISMG Security Report: Chris Morales of the cybersecurity firm Vectra discusses how the industrial internet of things is changing the nature of industrial espionage and disruption.
Many medical device makers appear to building better cybersecurity into their products, but some manufacturers are still avoiding fixing vulnerabilities in legacy devices that pose potential safety risks, says security researcher Billy Rios, who discusses the latest flaws in some Medtronic cardiac devices.
As the HIPAA security rule turns 20, it's time for regulators to make updates reflecting the changing cyberthreat landscape and technological evolution that's happened over the past two decades, says security expert Tom Walsh.
Hubris has a new name: Bitfi. The cryptocurrency wallet-building company, backed by technology eccentric John McAfee, earned this year's not-so-coveted Pwnies Award for "Lamest Vendor Response" for how it mishandled security researchers' vulnerability disclosures. Bitfi has promised to do better.
UIDAI again found itself embroiled in a controversy when it was revealed that its helpline was being automatically added in the contact lists of mobile phones. But Google acknowledged that its coding error led to the mishap. Why was Google involved in getting a phone number for UIDAI preloaded on phones?
Sometimes efforts to prove a system is secure can really backfire. TRAI Chairman R.S. Sharma's attempt to demonstrate Aadhaar security by tweeting his Aadhaar number on Saturday and inviting anyone to attempt to use it to access his personal information reportedly led to data access by ethical hackers.
The Reserve Bank of India issued a notice to all cooperative banks advising them to apply caution while deploying third-party core banking applications and check for appropriate security standards. The move came after credential theft incidents at some banks. But will banks heed the advice?