Leading the latest edition of the ISMG Security Report: The Department of Justice indicts Russians for allegedly running an industrialized troll factory designed to influence U.S. politics. Also, a feature in Australia's new real-time payment system could be abused by identity thieves.
Australia's real-time payments platform, which launched last week, includes a feature designed to reduce fraud and erroneous payments. Ironically, the feature may also expose users to social engineering attacks.
WhatsApp, the global messaging app that has more than 200 million monthly active users in India, has leveraged National Payment Corporation of India's Unified Payment Interface platform to launch its beta payment service that will allow users to send money to other WhatsApp users, excluding merchant accounts.
Criminals in Europe are annually laundering at least $4 billion - and growing - via cryptocurrencies, warns Europol. The agency is calling on regulators and legislators to regulate cryptocurrencies to help battle money laundering and protect consumers.
Australia is the latest country to roll out real-time payments, where funds from an account at one bank reach an account at another bank in seconds. While convenient, the system poses fresh fraud challenges and consumer protection concerns.
After suffering one of the worst data breaches in history, in which 145.5 million U.S. consumers' personal details were stolen, credit bureau Equifax has hired Jamil Farshchi to serve as its new CISO. Farshchi joins from Home Depot, which hired him after suffering a massive data breach.
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.
As banks in the U.S. and Australia grapple with how to effectively launch faster payments, more will turn to big data and machine learning to help better manage expected upticks in fraud, says cybersecurity specialist John O'Neill Jr. of DarkTower.
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.
The booming interest and sometimes surging values of cryptocurrencies are drawing the interest of cybercriminals on a scale never seen before - including attacks aimed at trying to steal computing power to mine cryptocurrency.
An analysis of FBI Director Christopher Wray's comments about how encryption poses complications for law enforcement officials leads the latest edition of the ISMG Security Report. Also featured: The former CISO of the state of Michigan sizes up cybersecurity forecasts.
Dave DeWalt, former CEO of McAfee and FireEye, identifies the next generation of cybersecurity threats in the latest edition of the ISMG Security Report. Also featured: an analysis of the recent news of the Meltdown and Spectre microprocessor flaws and the POS malware attack on retailer Forever 21.
Apparel retailer Forever 21 says point-of-sale systems in some stores were infected by malware for up to seven months, leading to the theft of customers' payment card data. The retailer says deactivated encryption technology on some POS devices exacerbated the severity of its breach.
Simulated attacks by an information security testing firm have found that fresh WannaCry, NotPetya and EternalRocks would still rip through many an enterprise network. Here's how organizations must respond.