Hundreds of millions of PCs are at risk of being remotely exploited, after a security researcher released proof-of-concept exploit code for separate, newly discovered flaws in software preinstalled on systems by Dell, Lenovo and Toshiba.
President Obama's remarks urging "high-tech and law enforcement leaders to make it harder for terrorists to use technology to escape from justice" are being interpreted by some to mean that government and Silicon Valley should collaborate to create a backdoor to circumvent encryption on devices used by terrorists.
Following the shootings in San Bernardino, Calif., which left 14 people dead, President Obama used an Oval Office address to call on technology firms to help law enforcement agencies better monitor "the flow of extremist ideology."
Dorkbot - one of the world's most prevalent crimeware toolkits - has been disrupted by an international law enforcement and security research firm effort. But similar previous disruptions have failed to eradicate the malware.
Turns out electronic learning products can be bad for children's privacy - and for their parents too. The VTech breach highlights how, despite repeated warnings, too many manufacturers continue to not take security seriously.
Malware: How does it work, who built it and what - or who - is it designed to target? Answering these types of questions is a job for Marion Marschalek of Cyphort, who reverse-engineers malicious code for a living.
The security of Internet-connected toys is in the limelight after toymaker VTech acknowledged suffering a data breach that affects 5 million accounts and personal information and photographs relating to more than 200,000 children.
Ireland's Cyber Crime Conference in Dublin drew a capacity crowd for a full day of security briefings, networking, hotly contested capture-the-flag and secure-coding challenges, as well as a chance to sharpen one's lock-picking skills.
The FBI is pursuing a suspected Russian hacker who reportedly amassed a trove of 1.2 billion stolen online credentials, plus payment card data and Social Security numbers, and who's offered access to hacked Facebook and Twitter accounts.
Attorneys general in nine states say card issuers should move to chip-and-PIN, rather than chip-and-signature, as they roll out EMV. But are other issues, such as wider use of encryption and tokenization, more worthy of attention?
Dell is moving to patch a customer-support application preinstalled on many laptops and PCs after security researchers found that it installs a root certificate that could be abused by attackers to intercept private data.
Too many security awareness and education programs fail because they're boring, says Lance Spitzner, research and community director for the SANS Institute's "Securing the Human" program. Read his suggested fixes.
As the unfolding investigation into the Paris attacks shows, just sharing threat-related data - without adding the crucial context that turns it into actionable intelligence - won't help organizations block attacks.
Starwood Hotels and Resorts has confirmed a point-of-sale breach, but card issuers say they don't believe the Starwood breach is isolated, and that fraud patterns indicate that another, perhaps larger breach, is impacting cards across the country.