Evaluating ways to thwart massive distributed denial-of-service attacks leads the latest edition of the ISMG Security Report. Also, explaining how "conspiracy theories" tied to an historic breach of Yahoo will have an impact on the internet company's future.
There are two Yahoo conspiracy theories: It was hacked by a "state-sponsored actor," and it disabled email forwarding to prevent a post-breach exodus. Although neither scenario appears to be true, that doesn't mean the badly breached search giant is in the clear.
Neutering the army of web-connected devices used in the large internet attack that hampered access to major sites - including Amazon, PayPal, Spotify and Twitter - is technically possible. But no option offers either a great or near-term fix.
Authorities say Yevgeniy Aleksandrovich Nikulin stole credentials from a LinkedIn employee and used them to breach the social networking firm in 2012, in which well over 100 million members' passwords were exposed.
Some 3.2 million Indian debit cards may have been compromised, according to the National Payments Council of India. While investigations are ongoing and several banks have reissued at-risk cards, the source of the card exposure has not been officially confirmed.
Former NSA contractor Harold T. Martin III., who is accused of pilfering mass quantities of highly classified information, will remain in jail until his trial. Martin engaged in "a course of felonious conduct that is breathtaking in its longevity and scale," prosecutors say.
Experts evaluating the likelihood of a hack to alter votes in this year's American presidential election highlights the latest edition of the ISMG Security Report. Also, U.S. federal regulators propose new cybersecurity rules for big banks.
Yahoo, now negotiating its sale to Verizon, has posted an increase in quarterly profits and page views, bolstering its case that its massive data breach didn't irrevocably damage its value. But with ad revenues in decline, time is running out.
Russian hackers may think twice before traveling outside the country for a vacation in light of the arrest of alleged 2012 LinkedIn hacker "Yevgeniy N." by Czech police at a restaurant in Prague earlier this month.
In the twelfth HIPAA enforcement action so far this year, federal regulators have smacked St. Joseph Health System with a $2 million penalty after investigating a breach that exposed patient information to internet searches for more than a year. And more enforcement actions tied to other breaches are on the way.
U.S. Presidential candidate Donald Trump's business organization downplayed a finding from a UK-based researcher that the organization uses, in some cases, decade-old email software, posing significant cybersecurity risks.