Nothing says "you really screwed up" like receiving the Pwnie Award for "Most Epic Fail" at the annual Black Hat conference. Hence it's no surprise that in the wake of its mega breach, the win goes to the U.S. Office of Personnel Management.
Numerous services are enabled by default in Microsoft's Windows 10, and as employees connect their BYOD equipment to corporate networks, the cloud, collaboration and location tie-ins could pose enterprise security risks, experts warn.
Attributing who's behind cyberattacks is essential because it helps organizations build better defenses against future attacks, says Greg Kesner, former chief of the Federal Bureau of Investigation's Data Intercept program.
The takedown of Gameover Zeus taught law enforcement and banks many lessons, including that Trojans are being used to steal corporate secrets, not just money, says Eward Driehuis of Fox-IT, which investigated the threat actors behind the Trojan.
The Black Hat conference features presentations that have already led to very public warnings about remotely hackable flaws in everything from Jeep Cherokees and Linux-powered rifles to Android mobile devices and Mac OS X.
News that charges were filed last week against two California residents for their alleged roles in the 2011 Michaels crafts stores breach, which involved terminal tampering, is a reminder of how much hackers have improved their techniques in just four years.
The toolbar distributed by Chinese-language search engine Baidu is being targeted by opportunistic attackers and used to exfiltrate corporate secrets, warns Rob Eggebrecht, president and CEO of the security firm InteliSecure.
Attributing the Anthem, OPM and other breaches to specific attackers might be useful for government-level diplomatic efforts. But organizations must prioritize blocking all types of espionage and cybercrime attacks, says Symantec's Vikram Thakur.
The prices for stolen payment card data and other cybercrime products and services on Russian underground forums continue to fall. But the cybercrime ecosystem is more automated, effective and robust than ever, Trend Micro reports.
Just two weeks after an international, FBI-led operation disrupted the notorious hacking forum Darkode, leading to 70 arrests, a supposed site administrator has claimed the forum will reboot on the "dark Web." But security experts question those claims.
With enterprises now taking to the cloud in the APAC region, it's important to learn security lessons from western counterparts, says Cloud Security Alliance CEO Jim Reavis. He offers insights on dealing with risks and legacy IT.