Many organizations use Active Directory as their domain network management tool of choice. But security experts warn that without locking down and regularly auditing AD, the ease of use that it provides to network administrators can also be tapped by hackers. Start here for essential defenses.
Louisiana's governor issued an emergency declaration on Wednesday in response to a rash of malware infections, hitting some of the state's public schools. The move will allow the state to marshal more resources to deal with the incidents.
Warning: Attackers are abusing poorly secured and managed implementations of Microsoft Windows Active Directory to hack organizations and distribute ransomware. Fewer old operating systems and greater Active Directory security knowledge are helping mitigate the threat. But experts say more must be done.
FIN8, a hacker group that targeted POS devices in the hospitality and retail sectors, is back on the scene with new malware, including the Badhatch backdoor that's designed to steal payment card data, according to researchers with Gigamon's threat detection unit.
Credit reporting giant Equifax has negotiated a proposed settlement that could reach $700 million to resolve federal and state probes into its massive 2017 data breach, as well as a nationwide class action lawsuit. The company's total post-breach tab is likely to exceed $2 billion.
Bulgaria's national cybercrime unit has arrested a 20-year-old local man for his alleged role in breaching the country's tax servers and exposing the financial details and other personal data of nearly 5 million citizens, according to news media reports.
Fraudsters continue to get new tricks up their sleeves. Criminals are increasingly using Apple Pay, setting up mobile call centers to socially engineer victims as well as tricking consumers via fake e-commerce sites that never fulfill orders, fraud-fighting experts warn.
In the run-up to Amazon Prime Day, some of the company's customers were being targeted by a phishing kit called 16Shop, according to McAfee researchers. The campaign is similar to an earlier attack that focused on Apple users.
Britain's privacy watchdog has proposed a record-breaking $230 million fine against British Airways for violating the EU's General Data Protection Regulation due to "poor security arrangements" that attackers exploited to steal 500,000 individuals' payment card data and other personal details.
HSBC paid a record $1.92 billion fine for money laundering violations in 2012. But no one ever went to jail for the crimes. Whistleblower Everett Stern discusses lessons learned from the case and the concept of "too big to jail."
Britain's biggest provider of forensic services, Eurofins, has paid a ransom to attackers who crypto-locked its systems with ransomware, the BBC reports. Experts say it's part of an alarming trend that seems sure to further embolden ransomware-wielding criminals.
Déjà vu basic cybersecurity challenge all over again: With the U.S. government warning that geopolitical tensions could trigger wiper-attack reprisals, security experts review the basic anti-wiper - and anti-ransomware - defenses organizations should already have in place.