As smartphone usage grows, so do emerging threats of mobile malware. When it comes to mobile banking security, financial institutions can only do so much. Security solutions will have to come from mobile vendors, says ENISA's Giles Hogben.
The breach earlier this month of certificate authority DigiNotar could prove to be the worst security event ever to happen on the Internet because it threatens, at its core, a fundamental principle of Internet transactions - economic and social - trust.
The Dutch company that was deceived by hackers into issuing fraudulent digital certificates is liquidating its assets under the protection of a bankruptcy court in the Netherlands after failing to recover from the attack.
Nessa Feddis of the ABA says increased investments in technology at the bank and consumer levels have fueled confidence in online banking. "I think the reason you see an uptick in use here is because the channel is more secure."
A repentant SparkyBlaze wants to go legit, leaving behind the hacktivism he helped foster as a member of Anonymous and start a career in the U.S. as a ethical hacker. As proof, he's offering advice to protect IT from hackers.
The Finnish security provider F-Secure concludes the attack e-mail doesn't look too complicated. In fact, it's very simple. But the exploit inside Excel was a zero-day attack at the time and RSA couldn't have protected against it by patching its systems.
The bright spot is that 36 percent of the takeover incidents reported in 2010 were stopped before fraudulent funds transfers were approved. That's an improvement from 2009, when only 20 percent were thwarted.
"We face a broad threat ... and each consumer has to understand that their part in protecting both their own finances and the financial infrastructure, together, is a very large part," says Ian Harper, Pentagon Federal Credit Union.
As banks and credit unions assess online risk, in light of the updated guidance from the FFIEC, financial fraud analyst Tom Wills says they should consider mobile as a viable layer for out-of-band authentication.
A new twist in the ongoing online security battle between banks and their commercial customers was reported this week after a corporate account in Omaha, Neb., was hit with thousands in fraudulent ACH transactions.