Leading the latest edition of the ISMG Security Report: The Department of Justice indicts Russians for allegedly running an industrialized troll factory designed to influence U.S. politics. Also, a feature in Australia's new real-time payment system could be abused by identity thieves.
Want to meddle with a democracy? Just use its social media outlets against it to amplify already existing social divisions. That's the quick take on the indictment recently unsealed by Special Counsel Robert Mueller that accuses Russians of running an "active measures" campaign against the United States.
After a U.S. indictment charged Russians with running a troll factory that interfered in U.S. elections, groups tracking online disinformation campaigns warn that Russian bots are now debating the school shooting in Parkland, Florida. The White House is facing questions over what it's doing to deter Moscow.
Australia's real-time payments platform, which launched last week, includes a feature designed to reduce fraud and erroneous payments. Ironically, the feature may also expose users to social engineering attacks.
In the wake of Special Counsel Robert Mueller unsealing an indictment charging Russian individuals and organizations with running a troll factory that interfered in U.S. politics, secretaries of state from many states sought information warfare defenses to defend their electoral integrity.
Google has begun activating a new feature in Chrome that will block 12 types of intrusive advertisements. But some security experts say the online advertising industry needs to solve the malware and privacy problems that have caused users to turn to ad-blocking and anti-tracking tools.
Microsoft has been working to reduce the ability of attackers who use the PowerShell scripting language to "live off the land" in enterprise networks, in part via machine learning. But IT administrators should also have these three essential malicious PowerShell script defenses in place.
Is U.S. computer crime justice draconian? That's one obvious question following England's Court of Appeal ruling that suspected hacker Lauri Love would not be extradited to the United States, in part, because they said the U.S. justice system could not be trusted to treat Love humanely.
A U.S. grand jury has taken the extraordinary step of indicting 13 Russian nationals and three Russian companies for allegedly interfering with the U.S. political system, including the 2016 presidential election, in what the Justice Department portrays as "information warfare against the United States."
Cyber intelligence expert Tom Kellermann discusses the significance and impact of the announcement that 13 Russian nationals and three Russian entities were indicted Friday for allegedly meddling in the 2016 presidential election.
Leading the latest edition of the ISMG Security Report: U.S. intelligence chiefs warn Congress that Russia's information operations continue, while Europol says criminals love cryptocurrencies, both for stealing via scams as well as to launder "dirty money."
Criminals in Europe are annually laundering at least $4 billion - and growing - via cryptocurrencies, warns Europol. The agency is calling on regulators and legislators to regulate cryptocurrencies to help battle money laundering and protect consumers.
Attackers recently snuck cryptomining code onto thousands of websites by inserting it into a third-party accessibility plug-in called Browsealoud. Web specifications designed to guard against these types of rogue actions by third-party code libraries already exist. Why aren't more sites using them?
The top U.S. intelligence official has warned Congress that Russia will attempt to meddle in the this year's U.S. midterm elections, a repeat of the country's alleged 2016 U.S. presidential election interference.
Australia is the latest country to roll out real-time payments, where funds from an account at one bank reach an account at another bank in seconds. While convenient, the system poses fresh fraud challenges and consumer protection concerns.