Facebook dismisses reports that a brief Jan. 26 outage was triggered by either U.S. blizzard conditions or the hacking group Lizard Squad. The social network blames the hour-long outage on an internal, technical problem.
As the East Coast braces for a blizzard, information security experts say organizations in the path of the storm should be preparing to launch their business continuity plans - including making arrangements for those forced to work at home.
After heavy criticism from privacy watchdogs, the Department of Health and Human Services has made a number of fixes to the HealthCare.gov website for Obamacare to scale back the release of consumer data to third-party commercial sites.
The Malaysia Airlines website was the victim of an apparent DNS settings attack on Jan. 26, for which the hacking group Lizard Squad claimed credit. The hacking group began leaking some travelers' itineraries.
As the number of major health data breaches continues to climb, federal regulators are taking steps to make the process of reporting breaches using online tools more efficient, hoping that will help ease the launching of investigations.
The Department of Homeland Security's inspector general is protesting redactions made by the Transportation Security Administration to a security audit of DHS information systems at New York's JFK airport.
Nearly a year after issuing a first draft, NIST has released a substantially revised proposal for changing the way it develops cryptographic standards. The effort was launched after the NSA was accused of tampering with a NIST cryptographic algorithm.
As a result of President Obama's "Buy Secure" initiative, the federal government this month is kicking off its chip-and-PIN rollout. Fraud experts now debate what impact the move will have on banks' EMV chip-card strategies.
If 2014 was a harbinger of things to come, 2015 will be a banner year for IT security employment. Government statistics show that employment in one segment of the IT security workforce - information security analysts - soared by 42 percent in 2014.
Adobe confirms that a zero-day flaw exists in its Flash browser plug-in and promises to soon release Windows, Mac and Linux fixes for affected versions of Flash Player. The vulnerability is reportedly already being targeted by in-the-wild attacks.
The OpenSSL Heartbleed bug hasn't died, with recent scans still finding 250,000 Internet-connected systems that remain vulnerable. Security experts recommend enterprises expand their patching efforts to find devices with embedded firmware that contain the flaw.
In the ongoing fight against Medicare fraud, federal authorities are turning to fingerprint-based criminal background checks for certain healthcare providers and vendors. Find out who is being screened, and why.