It's no surprise that virus-wielding hackers are exploiting Internet of Things devices. Blame too many device manufacturers rushing products to market, skimping on secure development practices and failing to audit the third-party code they use.
This year's Infosecurity Europe conference in London is offering a top-notch range of sessions, ranging from how to battle cybercrime and social engineering to building a better security culture and workforce. Here's my list of must-see sessions.
Britain's computer emergency response team - CERT-UK - reports that malware remains the dominant mode of online attack for cybercriminals, and Zeus their most preferred tool of choice. But the team is promoting a free information-alert service to help.
An army of 40,000 small office/home office routers have been exploited by automated malware. But who's responsible for devices being vulnerable: vendors for using well-known defaults; or distributors and IT managers for not locking them down?
Caffeine junkies are up in arms over reports that criminals have been targeting their Starbucks account balances. But the real story is poor password-picking practices by consumers, and Starbucks' lack of multi-factor authentication.
Wanted: Hackers for hire. Or in British government parlance: "Committed and responsible individuals who have the potential to carry out computer network operations to keep the U.K. safe." Ready to apply?
The FBI is offering a big-stakes reward for an alleged criminal who ranks at the top of its "cyber most wanted" list. But one cybercrime expert asks: "Would you cross the Russian mafia or some organized crime gang for $3 million?"
Fraudsters have been hacking into and draining Starbucks accounts, customers report. Security experts say attackers appear to be guessing weak account passwords, then using funds to fill up gift cards destined for the black market.
Much of today's crime is "cyber-enabled," warns cybercrime expert Raj Samani, and successfully blocking such attacks increasingly demands not just better technology and public-private collaboration, but also an understanding of psychology.
A judge's decision to allow MasterCard's settlement with Target to stand isn't likely to be appealed and could discourage banking institutions, some experts say, from continuing to pursue a breach-related class-action lawsuit they filed against the retailer.
It's unlikely that the same hackers that hit Sally Beauty in 2014 struck the company a second time this year, several threat intelligence experts say. Find out the latest theories about what may have led to the apparent second breach of the retailer.
Partners HealthCare System is the latest healthcare organizations to suffer a data breach following a phishing attack. But why did Partners wait five months to issue a breach notification, when HIPAA requires notifications within 60 days?
Security firms report a sharp rise in the quantity of attacks that use macro code - designed to automate tasks - to trigger malware downloads, often for the purpose of stealing people's online banking credentials.