If the Equifax breach turns out like every other massive data breach we've seen for more than a decade, after a big brouhaha - from Congress, state attorneys general, consumer rights groups and class-action lawsuits - nothing will change, because that would require Congress to give Americans more privacy rights.
A 10-digit PIN used by consumers to freeze access to credit reports with Equifax is based on dates and times, several observers have noticed. Equifax says it plans to change how the PIN is generated, but experts say it's another troubling development for a troubled company.
Leading the latest edition of the ISMG Security Report: Observations about America's standing as a global cybersecurity leader from Christopher Painter, who until earlier this summer served as the United States' top cyber diplomat. Also, threats posed by IoT devices.
Hackers that U.S. officials believe are linked to Russia have upped their activity against energy providers in the U.S., Turkey and Switzerland. The group has likely developed the expertise to shut down systems, security company Symantec warned Wednesday.
PrincessLocker ransomware is back, although it's less demanding than it used to be, with attackers decreasing the quantity of bitcoins they require to unlock forcibly encrypted files. Unusually, the ransomware is being spread by the RIG exploit kit.
A massive Locky ransomware campaign has been infecting devices via malware-laced spam messages as well as through fake Dropbox phishing pages. More than 23 million Locky spam email have been seen in just one 24-hour period.
Hospitals in Lanarkshire, Scotland, are continuing to recover following an outbreak involving a new variant of Bitpaymer ransomware. Security experts say the malware often gets spread via brute-force attacks against endpoints running remote desktop protocol software.
Admitted Mirai malware attacker Daniel Kaye has been extradited from Germany to the United Kingdom, where he faces charges that he launched DDoS attacks and extortion attempts against the U.K.'s Lloyds Banking Group and Barclays banks.
Verizon has made a strong case for continual PCI DSS awareness with its new study of payment card data security. But like many vendors that conduct their own studies supporting their business cases, Verizon makes suspect logical stretches.
Password security guidance: Do block users from picking commonly used passwords. But to avoid a usability nightmare, don't block users from picking any password that's ever been seen in a data breach, security experts advise.
A list of weak credentials for vulnerable Internet of Things devices has prompted a new effort to notify their owners. The fear is of another mass, IoT-fueled DDoS attack along the lines of last year's Mirai attacks.
Yes, malware commonly targets the Windows operating system. But if you limit malware analysis to Windows OS, you're leaving gaping vulnerabilities, says Christopher Kruegel of Lastline Inc. Here's how to maximize your analysis.
The FBI has arrested Chinese national Yu Pingan on charges that he was a "malware broker" for a remote-access Trojan called Sakula that was used in the massive breaches of Anthem and the U.S. Office of Personnel Management, among other organizations.
Analyzing Donald Trump's cybersecurity policy seven months into his administration highlights the latest edition of the ISMG Security Report. Also, Cybersecurity Coordinator Rob Joyce disses Kaspersky Lab on network TV.