It's springtime in San Francisco: cue the annual RSA Conference. Here are some notable trends that have already emerged from the event, ranging from ransomware and phishing attacks to hacker self-promotion and Facebook fakery.
The United States and Israel hacked into Iran's military and civilian infrastructure as part of a secret program code-named "Nitro Zeus" that was designed to disable the country's critical infrastructure on demand, claims the new documentary film "Zero Days."
Hong Kong toymaker VTech has revised its end-user license agreement to make clear that it can't be held legally responsible for any data breaches. Many security experts have reacted with fury. But is VTech's move unusual?
Here's more evidence of how a data breach can have a major financial impact. The bill for U.K. telecom giant TalkTalk's October 2015 data breach could be as much as $94 million, and the incident resulted in the loss of 95,000 customers.
Cyber-extortion attacks, especially those involving DDoS gangs that threaten disruptions unless the targeted organization pays a bitcoin ransom, are on the rise. Experts describe how organizations should respond to - and resist - these attacks.
Security experts are warning that Chinese networking product manufacturer TP-Link has been shipping routers with a WiFi password that's based on their MAC address, thus making their passwords easy for would-be attackers to sniff.
Extortion campaigns waged by cybercriminals are expected to become more damaging in 2016, putting additional pressure on CISOs to enhance protection of internal networks and educate employees about extortionists' techniques, says iSight Partner's John Miller.
Tracing bitcoin transactions, some security experts suspect multiple gangs have each amassed more than $1 billion, making them the equivalent of "unicorns" - a term venture capitalists apply to extremely successful startup firms. In case there was any doubt, cybercrime really does pay.
European police have arrested a "main target" as part of a previously undisclosed law enforcement effort, dubbed Operation Pleiades, against the distributed denial-of-service attack gang called DD4BC, or "DDoS for Bitcoin."
While DDoS attacks were once deemed primarily a nuisance, experts now say they're becoming a routine strategy cybercriminals use as part of a campaign to commit fraud or extortion. What are the four key attack trends to watch out for in 2016?
Slamming a Ukrainian energy provider for recently falling victim to a spear-phishing email and Excel macro attack might be easy. But security experts recommend all organizations use the incident to ensure they won't fall victim to copycat attacks.
In the wake of Juniper Networks finding "unauthorized code" in its firewall firmware that could be used to remotely access devices and encrypted communications, Cisco is reviewing its own code for signs of tampering. Will other vendors follow suit?
A U.S. House committee recently passed legislation that's aimed at helping law enforcement bring to justice cybercriminals from other nations who buy and sell payment card data stolen from U.S. citizens. But would it really help the global fight against cybercrime?
Three Greek banks are the latest DDoS shakedown targets of online attackers, who demanded a payment of 20,000 bitcoins ($7.2 million) to cease their attempted banking site disruptions. Security experts say such attacks are on the rise.