More than 4,200 websites, some belonging to the U.S., U.K. and Australian governments, have been turning their visitors' computers into mining machines to harvest the virtual currency Monero. The security lapse continues the recent trend of cryptocurrency mining malware overtaking ransomware.
Leading the latest edition of the ISMG Security Report: England's Court of Appeal rejects U.S. extradition request for suspected hacker Laurie Love. Also, what took Uber and Partners Health so long to come clean about their respective data breaches?
Illegal transactions on the internet have long been conducted in the cryptocurrency bitcoin. But underground vendors are accepting new kinds of virtual currency that may be safer to store and offer more privacy protections, according to a new study of 150 dark web markets and forums.
Google is prepping its Chrome browser to brand as "not secure" every site a user tries to visit that does not use HTTPS encryption by default. The move is meant to push more sites to use HTTPS to secure communications and help block eavesdropping and man-in-the-middle attacks.
Do healthcare entities face a growing risk of being hit with cryptocurrency mining attacks, which have become more common in other sectors? A Tennessee hospital may be the first victim in the sector, and some security experts predict many more such incidents.
Uber CISO John Flynn tells a U.S. Senate subcommittee that the company should have told the public sooner about its 2016 data breach. He says the company's attempt to position its $100,000 payoff to hackers as a bug bounty was not appropriate.
A malware incident at Partners HealthCare that was detected last spring but was only recently determined to have exposed patient data illustrates that confirming a data breach through a forensics investigation can be difficult and time-consuming.
A hacking team dubbed "Group 123" with apparent ties to the government of North Korea has been exploiting a zero-day vulnerability in the Flash browser plug-in, likely to hack high-value targets. Adobe has released an emergency Flash update with security fixes. Or organizations could simply stop using Flash.
The Department of Justice has charged two men, arrested in Connecticut near the scene of a jackpotting attack against a drive-up ATM, with bank fraud stemming from a malware attack. Police say they recovered $9,000 in $20 bills, as well a black box and other equipment from the suspects' car.
Apple and Cisco say they've partnered with insurers Aon and Allianz to offer cyber insurance policies for organizations that meet best security practices and use products from the technology companies. The partnership follows increasing interest in cyber insurance as a hedge against hacking risks.
Healthcare entities are increasingly considering user and entity behavioral analytics tools because their previous breach prevention and detection efforts have fallen short, says security expert Mac McMillan.
Lauri Love, a British man accused of 2012 and 2013 hack attacks against U.S. government computers - including systems operated by the Federal Reserve, U.S. Army and NASA - has won his legal bid to quash a U.S. extradition request. But he still faces a potential trial in England.
Blockchain technology already underpins the boom in cryptocurrencies, but it is also being rigorously tested and developed for other applications, including identity and access management. Such projects could make personal data easier to secure and less vulnerable to data breaches.
Orwell got it wrong: People are less likely to surrender their privacy to a totalitarian state than to the lure of sharing holiday snaps, cat videos or the route and time they took for their latest cycling, jogging or kiteboarding outing, as captured by a wearable fitness device.