The malware-infected IoT army that disrupted domain name server provider Dyn was composed of, at most, 100,000 devices, the company estimates in an after-action report. But claims that the attacks peaked at 1.2 Tbps remain unconfirmed.
The compromise of details on more than 3.2 million debit cards in India should serve as a call to action for the banking industry to ramp up its security efforts, experts say. They share immediate and long-term recommendations to forestall similar incidents.
Chinese manufacturer Xiongmai will recall up to 10,000 webcams in the wake of the IoT-powered DDoS attacks that pummeled DNS provider Dyn. But information security experts say that only a more resilient internet will blunt future attacks.
Internet of things security takeaway: Save yourself, and by doing so, maybe help save the rest of us too. That's the obvious takeaway from the rise of low-tech, high-impact Mirai malware, which has been tied to the record-setting Oct. 21 DDoS attack against Dyn.
Chinese manufacturer Xiongmai has promised to replace or patch some IoT components that attackers are using to build massive internet of things Mirai botnets to wage DDoS attacks, such as the Oct. 21 disruption of DNS provider Dyn. But security experts question whether these moves will blunt future IoT attacks.
There are two Yahoo conspiracy theories: It was hacked by a "state-sponsored actor," and it disabled email forwarding to prevent a post-breach exodus. Although neither scenario appears to be true, that doesn't mean the badly breached search giant is in the clear.
Neutering the army of web-connected devices used in the large internet attack that hampered access to major sites - including Amazon, PayPal, Spotify and Twitter - is technically possible. But no option offers either a great or near-term fix.
Widespread website outages beginning early Oct. 21 are suspected to have been caused by a massive distributed denial-of-service attack against DNS service provider Dyn. Numerous sites, including Amazon and Twitter, were sporadically unavailable.
Some 3.2 million Indian debit cards may have been compromised, according to the National Payments Council of India. While investigations are ongoing and several banks have reissued at-risk cards, the source of the card exposure has not been officially confirmed.
Former NSA contractor Harold T. Martin III., who is accused of pilfering mass quantities of highly classified information, will remain in jail until his trial. Martin engaged in "a course of felonious conduct that is breathtaking in its longevity and scale," prosecutors say.
In an interview, former U.S. government cybersecurity official Mark Weatherford discusses why the desire to obtain cybersecurity insurance could be a strong catalyst for Asian enterprises to take security more seriously.