The KillDisk disk-wiping malware, previously tied to espionage operations, has been updated with crypto-locking capabilities and now targets Linux as well as Windows systems. But security experts warn that attackers using the Linux variant have no way to furnish a decryption key.
A task force led by two lawmakers and a former U.S. CIO recommends the new administration should jettison outdated ways the federal government tackles cybersecurity, saying in a just-issued report: "Once-powerful ideas have been transformed into clichés."
An analysis of a National Institute of Standards and Technology initiative to identify algorithms that could defend encryption against attacks from quantum computers leads the latest edition of the ISMG Security Report. Also featured: An update on new FDA guidance on cybersecurity for medical devices.
This edition of the ISMG Security Report features an analysis of recommendations by a U.S. House Encryption Working Group that Congress should not enact legislation that requires technology companies to help law enforcement authorities bypass encryption on the devices they manufacture.
Three Romanian men accused of running a cybercrime ring that used custom-built "Bayrob" malware and money mules to steal at least $4 million from victims have been extradited to face charges in the United States.
Many members of Britain's Parliament regularly use technology - and tech firms - as a scapegoat for intractable social issues or failed government policies. Does the country's new mass surveillance law now enshrine technology scapegoating into law?
The mobile workforce has arrived, and employees everywhere are leveraging the convenience of their smartphones and tablets. But while workers enjoy the freedom of being slightly less tethered to their desks, IT minds the security risks.
Mobile device management (MDM) lets IT be the voice of reason while granting...
When physicians and nurses use their own mobile devices to access clinical information and communicate with patients, an advanced form of encryption can help ensure all sensitive data remains secure, Jonathan Cohen of Synchronoss explains in this video interview.
The ransomware-as-a-service operation known as Cerber is earning at least $200,000 per month via ransoms paid by victims, says Check Point Software Technologies' Gadi Naveh. In an audio interview, he explains that bitcoins and high levels of automation are key to the operation's success.
Russian hackers may think twice before traveling outside the country for a vacation in light of the arrest of alleged 2012 LinkedIn hacker "Yevgeniy N." by Czech police at a restaurant in Prague earlier this month.
The latest edition of the ISMG Security Report leads off with an analysis of the PCI Security Standards Council's new requirements that are designed to help thwart attempts to defeat encryption in point-of-sale devices.
To better mitigate the breach risks tied to the growing use of mobile devices, organizations need to adopt enterprise digital rights management as a way to improve data security, says Gartner's John Girard.
In a video interview, Troy Leach, CTO of the PCI Security Standards Council, explains enhanced standards designed to help ensure that POS vendors can stay ahead of new attacks aimed at defeating encryption.