Bad news: A developer has released the source code for Mirai malware, which is designed to automatically find and hack internet of things devices, turning them into DDoS cannons. The malware has been tied to recent record-smashing DDoS attacks.
Don't leap to conclusions on the basis of a new report that suggests Yahoo is preparing to warn the world that it was hacked and lost hundreds of millions of users' account credentials. Someone may simply have harvested passwords reused on other sites.
A developer warns that Dropbox gains wide-ranging access to Apple's OS X operating system using a SQL trick that some equate to hacking users' systems. Here's why giving a desktop app unusual access to Apple's privacy settings poses a security risk.
B. Vindell Washington, M.D., the new head of the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT, pledges that the agency's top priority of advancing standards-based interoperable, secure health data exchange will continue under his leadership. But what will happen once a new president is elected?
SWIFT screwed up. That's the takeaway from a new report into the Brussels-based cooperative, which alleges that the organization overlooked serious concerns relating to smaller banks' security and the risks they posed to the health of its entire network.
The U.S. Office of Personnel Management - besmirched by a 2015 breach that exposed the personal information of 21.5 million individuals - turns to the military for its new chief information officer. He's DoD Principal Deputy CIO David DeVries.
The next president of the United States should establish a cabinet position focused on cybersecurity, and Congress should create a more focused approach to funding and authorizing IT security initiatives, says Larry Clinton, who heads the Internet Security Alliance.
Delta is warning that a power failure lead to system outages, resulting in numerous flight cancellations or delays. As more airline-related processes get computerized, experts are asking why the airline's systems aren't more resilient.
In the largest HIPAA settlement to date, federal regulators have smacked Chicago-based Advocate Health Care with a $5.5 million fine in the wake of an investigation into three 2013 breaches. The settlement is HHS's tenth HIPAA enforcement action this year.
Imagine the security implications of a world in which millions of people have a physical impairment that leaves them internet-connected. Say hello to the promise - and peril - of internet-connected hearing aids, says Global Cyber Alliance's Phil Reitinger.
The nation's HIPAA enforcement agency has dramatically ramped up its issuance of breach-related financial penalties. In the ninth enforcement action of 2016, it slapped University of Mississippi Medical Center with a $2.75 million fine after a breach investigation revealed big security woes.
The GOP platform - adopted at the convention that nominated Donald Trump for president - doesn't mention the term 'hack back' but states: "We ... make clear that users have a self-defense right to deal with hackers as they see fit." Some cybersecurity experts claim the platform encourages "cowboy" justice.
The federal agency that enforces HIPAA has been very busy lately, taking numerous steps to reiterate the importance of safeguarding patient data and stressing the need to prepare a breach response plan. But the agency still needs to improve transparency on breaches involving business associates.
Would access to better information pertaining to encryption help Congress pass good crypto-related laws? That's the impetus behind a "Digital Security Commission" and a related report being hawked by some lawmakers.