Leading the latest edition of the ISMG Security Report: The Department of Justice indicts Russians for allegedly running an industrialized troll factory designed to influence U.S. politics. Also, a feature in Australia's new real-time payment system could be abused by identity thieves.
A government watchdog agency alleges that insurer Health Net of California has refused to cooperate in a security audit called for under a federal contract. Similar disputes often arise when healthcare organizations attempt to scrutinize the security practices of their vendors, some security experts point out.
Want to meddle with a democracy? Just use its social media outlets against it to amplify already existing social divisions. That's the quick take on the indictment recently unsealed by Special Counsel Robert Mueller that accuses Russians of running an "active measures" campaign against the United States.
After a U.S. indictment charged Russians with running a troll factory that interfered in U.S. elections, groups tracking online disinformation campaigns warn that Russian bots are now debating the school shooting in Parkland, Florida. The White House is facing questions over what it's doing to deter Moscow.
Australia's real-time payments platform, which launched last week, includes a feature designed to reduce fraud and erroneous payments. Ironically, the feature may also expose users to social engineering attacks.
The Supreme Court has declined to review the data breach case involving CareFirst, and so now the class action lawsuit against the health insurer is headed back to a Washington federal trial court. The breach case would have been the first of its kind considered by the nation's highest court.
In the wake of Special Counsel Robert Mueller unsealing an indictment charging Russian individuals and organizations with running a troll factory that interfered in U.S. politics, secretaries of state from many states sought information warfare defenses to defend their electoral integrity.
Google has begun activating a new feature in Chrome that will block 12 types of intrusive advertisements. But some security experts say the online advertising industry needs to solve the malware and privacy problems that have caused users to turn to ad-blocking and anti-tracking tools.
Federal agencies recently gave medical research organizations and others an extra six months to comply with most provisions of the updated "Common Rule" regulations that aim to protect human subjects in research, including ensuring their privacy. What's the impact of the delay?
Intel faces 32 lawsuits filed over the trio of flaws in its CPUs known as Meltdown and Spectre, seeking damages for the security vulnerabilities as well as alleged insider trading. The flaws have also been cited in lawsuits against chipmakers AMD and ARM, as well as against Apple.
Microsoft has been working to reduce the ability of attackers who use the PowerShell scripting language to "live off the land" in enterprise networks, in part via machine learning. But IT administrators should also have these three essential malicious PowerShell script defenses in place.
Is U.S. computer crime justice draconian? That's one obvious question following England's Court of Appeal ruling that suspected hacker Lauri Love would not be extradited to the United States, in part, because they said the U.S. justice system could not be trusted to treat Love humanely.
A U.S. grand jury has taken the extraordinary step of indicting 13 Russian nationals and three Russian companies for allegedly interfering with the U.S. political system, including the 2016 presidential election, in what the Justice Department portrays as "information warfare against the United States."