The latest ISMG Security Report leads off with a look at the growing industry of mobile spyware designed exclusively for governments, but often misused to track citizens and activists. Also, Australia's push to get allies to adopt tools to counter encryption.
Worried about the use of encryption by terrorists, Australia plans to lobby its key signal intelligence partners at a meeting in Canada for the creation of new legal powers that would allow access to scrambled communications. But Australia says it doesn't want backdoors. So what does it want?
The European Parliament and European Commission are pushing for mandatory end-to-end encrypted communications, and banning backdoors, as part of the EU's rebooted e-privacy regulation. But the move runs counter to anti-crypto rhetoric being spouted by government ministers in Britain and France.
Victims of Jaff and EncrypTile ransomware can take advantage of two new free tools from security firms that exploit weaknesses in the malware crypto to forcibly crack encrypted files on demand - no potential ransom-payment required.
In the wake of the London Bridge attacks, Stella Rimington opened the Infosecurity Europe conference in London with lessons learned from her tenure as director general of Britain's domestic security service, MI5.
The WannaCry Ransomware is undoubtedly one of the worst cyber disasters to strike global businesses in years, crippling transportation and hospitals globally.
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Target has reached a record settlement agreement with 47 states' attorneys general over its 2013 data breach. The breach resulted in hackers compromising 41 million customers' payment card details and contact details for more than 60 million customers being exposed.
Good news for many victims of WannaCry: Free tools developed by a trio of French security researchers can be used to decrypt some PCs that were forcibly encrypted by the ransomware, if the prime numbers used to build the crypto keys remain in Windows memory.
WannaCry ransomware victims who haven't backed up their files have a tough choice: take a risk paying the ransom or just accept the loss. But there's a slim glimmer of hope: French researchers have figured out a way to decrypt files without paying, although their tools won't work for everyone.
The cybersecurity epitaph of the fired FBI director could read: "He showed courage to take on Apple." Comey publicly battled Apple CEO Tim Cook over unlocking the iPhone of the San Bernardino shooter, becoming the face of the proponents who seek ways to bypass encryption on mobile devices.
Two men have pleaded guilty to hacking London-based telecommunications giant TalkTalk in 2015. Police say one of the men boasted in social media account chats about wiping and encrypting his hard drives, as well as taking part in the hack attack.
The drop in value of stolen payment cards caused cyber criminals to adopt new tools, foremost among them ransomware. Having already caused a financial drain of $209,000,000 in just one quarter, organizations of all sizes are at risk.
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Intercontinental Hotels Group says that in addition to 12 hotels that it directly manages suffering a point-of-sale malware outbreak that began in 2016, 1,200 IHG-branded franchise hotel locations in the United States were also affected.
An analysis of British Home Secretary Amber Rudd's call for law enforcement to gain access to encrypted communications services, such as WhatsApp, leads the latest edition of the ISMG Security Report. Also, a preview of ISMG's Fraud and Breach Prevention Summit in San Francisco.