With ransomware attackers having already launched attack code with themes ranging from horror movies and Pokemon to Hitler to cats, it was only a matter of time before they decided to beam Star Trek's Kirk and Spock direct to would-be victims' PCs.
A look at President Donald Trump's budget blueprint to boost cybersecurity spending in fiscal year 2018 leads the latest ISMG Security Report. Also, Russian agents charged with Yahoo hack; new White House cybersecurity adviser Rob Joyce profiled.
With apologies to Troy Hunt, the last thing you want to see in the morning as you're having your first cup of coffee and scanning the interwebz for cat videos is a notice from his "Have I Been Pwned" breach-alert service.
Britain's GCHQ intelligence agency dismissed as "utterly ridiculous" claims that it conducted surveillance on then-candidate Donald Trump at the request of President Obama. The White House reportedly apologized to the British government for its comments.
As effective as ransomware has proven to be in attacks against so many organizations across regions and sectors, certain characteristics actually can help defenders gain an edge in detecting malware. Lastline's Engin Kirda explains how.
If Yahoo's 2014 breach had been the result of an in-house Russian intelligence project, the hack probably would not have triggered a U.S. indictment. But Russia has landed in a muddy puddle after apparently tapping freelance talent with an interest in criminal gain.
Hackers have been targeting the likes of AOL and Yahoo, in part, because a certain generation of users - including many senior U.S. officials - continue to use the services to send and store state secrets. Let's make sure future generations don't make similar mistakes.
Two of the four individuals indicted for hacking Yahoo in 2014, exposing 500 million user accounts, work for a Russian intelligence service unit that the FBI collaborates with on international cybercrime investigations.
Don't trust the internet of things to maintain common-sense boundaries - or your privacy - as evidenced by a lawsuit against "sensual lifestyle products" manufacturer We-Vibe, alleging that its products tracked customers' usage patterns, indexed by their email addresses.
Thousands of high-profile Twitter accounts have been spewing swastikas and spam following the hack of a popular third-party Twitter service called Counter. Sites tied to Amnesty International, the BBC and even tennis star Boris Becker were affected.
FireEye's Mandiant investigative unit is seeing a revival in tried-and-true hacking techniques, ranging from social engineering to the snatching of OAuth tokens. Why are these old techniques still working?
U.S. prosecutors are expected to soon issue indictments charging four individuals with launching hack attacks against Yahoo, Bloomberg reports. But it's unclear to which of the two massive Yahoo breaches the charges might relate.
The latest ISMG Security Report leads with a profile of Rob Joyce, the National Security Agency operative who is reportedly under consideration to be President Donald Trump's top cybersecurity adviser. Also, cybercriminal ties with Russian intelligence and the lifespan of zero-day vulnerabilities.
The ability of artificial intelligence to look for patterns in vast data - including large collections of unstructured data - is presenting new potential applications for bolstering the security of patient information, says Navin Budhiraja of Infosys.