Illegal transactions on the internet have long been conducted in the cryptocurrency bitcoin. But underground vendors are accepting new kinds of virtual currency that may be safer to store and offer more privacy protections, according to a new study of 150 dark web markets and forums.
Google is prepping its Chrome browser to brand as "not secure" every site a user tries to visit that does not use HTTPS encryption by default. The move is meant to push more sites to use HTTPS to secure communications and help block eavesdropping and man-in-the-middle attacks.
Concerns are already being raised about a law passed by Singapore's parliament Monday that establishes an information sharing platform by appointing a commissioner of cybersecurity to obtain confidential information from owners of critical information infrastructure about their security postures.
Apple and Cisco say they've partnered with insurers Aon and Allianz to offer cyber insurance policies for organizations that meet best security practices and use products from the technology companies. The partnership follows increasing interest in cyber insurance as a hedge against hacking risks.
More organizations in the APAC region that are taking advantage of cloud-based services are demanding cloud security access brokers capabilities for better visibility and data security, says Sid Deshpande, principal analyst at Gartner.
Blockchain technology already underpins the boom in cryptocurrencies, but it is also being rigorously tested and developed for other applications, including identity and access management. Such projects could make personal data easier to secure and less vulnerable to data breaches.
Orwell got it wrong: People are less likely to surrender their privacy to a totalitarian state than to the lure of sharing holiday snaps, cat videos or the route and time they took for their latest cycling, jogging or kiteboarding outing, as captured by a wearable fitness device.
As a long-time security leader, Qualys CISO Mark Butler has watched the evolution of security tools and platforms. The best-of-breed approach still has value, but also has failed us, he says. How can automation and orchestration provide new business value?
In a budget speech, India's finance minister announced the launch of a "cyberspace mission" and an effort to promote the use of several new technologies, including blockchain, to bolster the nation's data security. Security experts offer mixed reviews of the announcements.
On cybercrime forums and darknet marketplaces, there's an abundant supply of cybercrime products and services and lots of demand, plus prices remain low, says Flashpoint's Liv Rowley. All that's needed to leverage the products and services to make a profit, she says, is a bit of knowledge.
As RBI reports an increase in transactional fraud in India, the government is reviewing the financial sector's security posture in light of the nation's move toward a cashless economy. Security experts discuss the methods for effective fraud control.
Fitness app and website developer Strava has landed in hot water after publishing a global heat map that shows users' workout routes in aggregate. By doing so, the firm has inadvertently revealed military installation layouts and other sensitive information.
How effective are nation-backed trolls at influencing individuals via social media? An analysis of Russian trolls' accounts suggests they're designed for "causing havoc by pushing ideas, engaging other users or even taking both sides of controversial online discussions."