A computer security researcher has discovered a vast marketing database containing 340 million records on U.S. consumers. The database is the latest in a long line of databases to have been left exposed to the internet without authentication, thus putting people's personal data at risk.
"This is not a crazy state; this is a rational state pursuing rational objectives." So said Robert Hannigan, former head of Britain's GCHQ intelligence service, when describing North Korea in a wide-ranging talk at the Infosecurity Europe conference that also touched on Russian hacking and cybercrime.
Reality Leigh Winner, 26, a former contractor for the NSA, has pleaded guilty to leaking a "top secret" five page document that describes Russian meddling with U.S. voting systems. She's agreed to a plea deal that calls for her to serve a 63-months prison sentence.
Privacy rights groups are calling on the Court of Justice of the European Union to clamp down on at least 17 EU governments that require domestic telecommunications firms to store all communications data, despite the court having ruled that such mass surveillance practices are illegal.
Helping victims know their passwords have been exposed in a data breach is half the battle in the fight to improve password security. To help, Mozilla and 1Password are integrating into their products a feature from the popular "Have I Been Pwned" breach notification service.
Many phishing campaigns are very targeted against specific types of users inside an organization, says Ironscale's Brendon Rod, who notes that "70 percent of attacks are targeting just 10 mailboxes or less and around 30 percent are just targeting one mailbox."
Australia's large online medical booking platform, HealthEngine, has become embroiled in a privacy controversy after it reportedly passed personal medical details to a personal injury law firm. HealthEngine maintains it obtained users' consent, but the revelation appears to have caught many by surprise.
Europe's General Data Protection Regulation is reshaping the way organizations handle data. That's going to have an impact on the sharing of threat intelligence. But the Anti-Phishing Working Group hopes the law will provide legal clarity that will make more organizations comfortable with sharing threat data.
The EU's GDPR is already having an impact on how organizations approach data breach detection and remediation, leading many to rely more strongly on security orchestration and automation, says Allen Rogers of IBM Resilient.
Organizations are increasingly turning to devices and the cloud to foster better collaboration and access to essential data. But as they do so, "the number one blocker for enabling digital transformation is security," warns BlackBerry's Florian Bienvenu.
Organizations are increasingly tapping behavioral analytics to help incident responders "correlate data from multiple sources and save time in the response workflow" - in other words, to more quickly detect and mitigate breaches, says Nick Bilogorskiy at Juniper Networks.
Attackers continue to shift their tactics to help evade improvements in defenses, says Rick McElroy, security strategist for Carbon Black. Recent trends include fileless attacks, shifting from PowerShell to WMI, plus cryptojacking and credential harvesting.
To increase the effectiveness of security information and event management tools, while lowering the rate of false positives, organizations need to bring in more context about user behavior, says Derek Lin of Exabeam.
Michael Jones of Domain Tools says that studying domain ownership information gives organizations "contextual data around domains that may be attacking them," thus allowing them to better block attacks, avoid malicious sites and combat phishing campaigns.