Voting in the United States carries a huge privacy cost: states give away or sell voters' personal information to anyone who wants it. In this era of content micro-targeting, rampant misinformation and identity theft schemes, this trade in voters' personal data is both dangerous and irresponsible.
The notorious Romanian hacker known as Guccifer, who revealed the existence of Hillary Clinton's private email server and admitted to hacking numerous email and social media accounts, has been extradited from Romania to begin serving his 52-month U.S. prison sentence.
HSBC Bank is warning some of its U.S. customers that their personal data was compromised in a breach, although it says it's detected no signs of fraud following the "unauthorized entry." Security experts say the heist has all the hallmarks of a credential-stuffing attack campaign.
Australian police have charged a woman in the theft of AU$450,000 (US$318,000) worth of the virtual currency XRP, also known as Ripple, in one of the largest cryptocurrency thefts from a single victim. The case highlights how basic security messaging on protecting cryptocurrency isn't getting through.
More evidence that running cybercrime schemes remains inexpensive and accessible to anyone with criminal intent: To send spam emails, admitted botnet herder Peter Levashov quoted customers $500 for 1 million emails. And that was just his 2016 pricing.
U.K. health and beauty retailer Superdrug Stores is warning customers that attackers may have compromised some of their personal information, apparently because they'd reused their credentials on other sites that were hacked. While Superdrug quickly notified victims, it stumbled in three notable ways.
It's déjà vu "FBI vs. Apple" all over again, as Reuters reports that the Justice Department is seeking to compel Facebook to build a backdoor into its Messenger app to help the FBI monitor an MS-13 suspect's voice communications.
A cryptocurrency investor is suing AT&T for $240 million, alleging he lost $24 million in virtual currency after the carrier failed to stop two separate attacks where his phone number was commandeered by attackers. The incident highlights the dangers of using a phone number as an authentication channel.
In the wake of so many mega-breaches, new account fraud is easier to perpetrate than account takeovers. This puts new pressure on enterprises to know their digital customers, as well as to authenticate their identities and activities, says Shaked Vax of IBM Security.
Spear phishing attacks are in the news again following the Justice Department's indictment of Russian military intelligence officers for alleged attacks against U.S. politicians and county and state election boards. Here's how to play better phishing defense.
To stop fraudsters, iovation's John Marsden wants organizations not just to ask customers to verify their personal details. He also wants organizations to take a good, hard look at the devices that alleged customers are using.
Numerous technology firms now offer facial biometrics recognition search tools for big data sets. But information security expert Alan Woodward warns that these big data sets must be "considered and regulated very heavily" or else we'll be "living in 1984 without knowing it."
Email attacks continue to bite businesses, with organizations reporting not only a steady stream of ransomware, but also increasingly targeted social engineering attacks and account takeovers for cloud service users, says Barracuda's Hatem Naguib.
Nearly three weeks after human resources software vendor PageUp discovered malware on its system, the tally of what data was exposed remains unclear, although successful job applicants appear to have been hardest hit.
The geneology service MyHeritage says a security researcher found 92 million email addresses and hashed passwords for its users on a private external server. The company, however, says there's no evidence of abnormal account activity or indications family trees or DNA results were affected.