This edition of the ISMG Security Report features Elvis Chan, a supervisory special agent at the FBI, discussing ongoing efforts to thwart Russian interference in the U.S. midterm election this fall, and Alberto Yepez of ForgePoint Capital addressing cryptocurrency security issues.
Facebook has promised to bring machine learning to bear on the problem of hate speech and information warfare via its platform. But insiders have been urging the company to pursue a major cultural change, including prioritizing not doing anything "creepy" over the quest for short-term gain.
Early experiments are demonstrating how blockchain, the distributed and immutable ledger behind virtual currencies, potentially could play an important role in identity management, says Avivah Litan, a Gartner Research analyst who will be a featured speaker at ISMG's Security Summit Aug. 14-15 in New York.
Alberto Yepez of ForgePoint Capital says cryptocurrency poses new challenges for accommodating the "know your customer" process of confirming that you're "doing business with the people that you want to be doing business with."
Spear phishing attacks are in the news again following the Justice Department's indictment of Russian military intelligence officers for alleged attacks against U.S. politicians and county and state election boards. Here's how to play better phishing defense.
Hackers stole at least $920,000 from Russia's PIR Bank after they successfully compromised an outdated, unsupported Cisco router at a bank branch office and used it to tunnel into the bank's local network, reports incident response firm Group-IB.
RoboCent, a company that specializes in robocalling voters, left nearly 3,000 files containing detailed data about Virginia voters online by mistake. The data has been secured, but the incident points again to ongoing problems of security misconfigurations in repositories and lack of end-to-end encryption.
Why are attacks so successful? Legacy endpoint security products are creating more problems than they solve. There is too much cost and complexity, defenses aren't keeping up, and security staff is stretched thin.
Silicon Valley employees are increasingly calling on executives to restrict the use of facial recognition technology, mobilized in part by the U.S. government's previous policy of separating children from parents at the border. Experts say facial recognition regulations are needed - and quickly.
Blockchain, the digital ledger used for cryptocurrency, can serve as an effective identity management platform, asserts Chris Boscolo, CEO of ZNO Labs, who describes an approach he calls "self-sovereign identity."
The hacking of an email account of a medical clinic employee during travels overseas demonstrates the risks posed to data when workers travel. Security experts offer insights on mitigating those risks.
Timehop, the social media app that resurfaces older social media posts for entertainment, says its ongoing investigation has revealed that an attacker may have compromised more personal information than it previously suspected over the course of a breach that lasted at least seven months.
An Australian company that issues identity cards for access to airports has been notifying applicants and cardholders that their personal information may have been compromised, according to a news report. Australian federal police are investigating.