A strategic security analyst from Mandiant, the company that's examining recent hacks from the inside, explains why such cyber-assaults will likely intensify under the leadership of China's new president, Xi Jinping.
The compromise of hundreds of payment cards, apparently tied to fraud worldwide, has been linked to a network hack affecting an Arizona supermarket chain. And the attack involved a new kind of malware, the chain says.
"Cyber represents as big a threat to this country as any significant threat," Chuck Hagel says at his confirmation hearing to be defense secretary. "It's insidious, a quiet kind of threat we haven't quite seen before. It can paralyze a nation in a second."
Although a hacktivist group says it has suspended distributed-denial-of-service attacks on U.S. banking institutions, banking and security leaders aren't convinced. "Banks should certainly remain on guard," says Gartner's Avivah Litan.
A Montreal computer science student accessed, without authorization, an IT system to check if a software vulnerability he discovered had been remedied. This case raises the question: When, if ever, is such unauthorized action justified?
Managing advanced persistent threats will be a priority throughout 2013, says RSA CISO Eddie Schwartz. How should organizations defend themselves against APTs and the year's other top security threats?
Some critics feel the Obama administration is giving the Department of Homeland Security too much authority on leading cybersecurity initiatives. DHS's deputy undersecretary for cybersecurity explains why he thinks that view is wrong.
"This is a business that should have known better," U.K. Deputy Information Commissioner David Smith says. "There's no doubt in my mind that they had access to both the technical knowledge and the resources to keep this information safe."
Hacktivists on Jan. 22 threatened more DDoS attacks against U.S. banks and claimed they recently hit three institutions. Despite banks' improvements in staving off online outages, the longevity of the attacks is concerning, experts say.