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.
Twitter has fixed a bug that sometimes sent a user's direct messages not only to the specified recipient, but also to unrelated external developers. The social networking service is notifying more than 3 million affected users and has requested that unintended recipients delete the messages.
Massive, well-resourced companies are still using live customer data - including their plaintext passwords - in testing environments, violating not just good development practices but also privacy laws. That's yet another security failure takeaway from last year's massive Equifax breach.
One mystery with the recently discovered payment card sniffing attacks against such organizations as British Airways and Newegg has been how attackers might have first gained access to the victims' networks. But a number of cybercrime markets sell such access, in some cases for as little as 50 cents.
Scotland's Arran Brewery fell victim to a Dharma Bip ransomware attack that infected its Windows domain controller and crypto-locked files and local backups, leading to the loss of three months' worth of sales data. The brewery refused to pay the attackers' two bitcoin ransom demand.
Seeking better operational efficiency and ROI, many enterprises have begun significant software automation and orchestration efforts without accounting for the inherent security risks they may bring, says Jeffery Kok of CyberArk.
Researchers say hackers are increasingly using Indian government websites to mine cryptocurrencies. Security experts urge government authorities to take steps to mitigate the risks of cryptojacking, which can cause performance problems.
Credit bureau Equifax has been hit with the maximum possible fine under U.K. law for "multiple failures" that contributed to its massive 2017 data breach, including its failure to act on a critical vulnerability alert issued by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.
Online retailer Newegg is investigating a malware attack that may have stolen customers' payment card details for more than a month. Security firms have traced the heist to Magecart, a loose affiliation of cybercrime gangs also tied to payment card data breaches at British Airways and Ticketmaster.
Criminals operating online continue to target cryptocurrencies, leverage phishing and other social engineering attacks, as well as tweak age-old scams - including Nigerian prince emails - for the modern age. So warns Europol in its latest Internet Organized Crime Threat Assessment.
If you're going to hack, why not go for the gold? That appears to have been the impetus behind an unusual data breach at the government-owned Perth Mint in Western Australia, which says personal details for 3,200 customers stored in an old database were compromised.