Equifax ex-CEO Richard Smith asserts that a single employee's failure to heed a security alert led to the company failing to install a patch on a critical system, which was subsequently exploited by hackers. But his claim calls into question whether poor patch practices and management failures were the norm.
A federal judge Tuesday dismissed three of six counts in a complaint filed by the U.S. Federal Trade Commission against IoT manufacturer D-Link that alleges its sloppy security practices deceived consumers. The FTC has until Oct. 20 to amend the complaint.
Many recent data breaches, including the Equifax incident, show that "applications are really the vulnerable entry point into organizations and ultimately to organizations' data," says Alex Mosher of CA Technologies.
Equifax has yet to describe how its site was breached, except to blame a vague "U.S. website application vulnerability." But some security experts suspect that an unpatched flaw in Apache Struts, fixed by Apache in March, might have been exploited.
There's another option for governments trying to overcome the end-to-end encryption barrier: buy a zero-day software exploit. One prominent zero-day broker, Zerodium, has added encrypted messaging apps to its bounty list.
A senior Russian government official warned that Moscow will retaliate if the Senate moves to ban the use of Kaspersky Lab software by government agencies. Meanwhile, CEO Eugene Kaspersky has repeated his offer to allow U.S. officials to review the company's source code.
Flaws in Subaru's telematics software, discovered by a security researcher, could have been exploited to unlock the doors or provide remote access to a car's location history. The problems - now fixed by Subaru - underscore carmakers' ongoing cybersecurity challenges.
Hot sessions at this week's OWASP AppSec Europe 2017 conference in Belfast, Northern Ireland, cover everything from the EU's General Data Protection Regulation and fostering better SecDevOps uptake, to quantum-computing resistant crypto and ransomware economics.
President Donald Trump last week failed to meet a self-imposed, 90-day deadline to issue a report on "hacking defenses." But let's not nit-pick. After all, cybersecurity is complex - something the president is likely discovering along with healthcare and tax reform.
Warning: Drop everything and patch all the Windows things now. That's the alert being sounded by security researchers in the wake of attackers adopting Equation Group attack tools designed to exploit an SMB flaw and install DoublePulsar backdoor.