The CIA has attributed last year's outbreak of NotPetya wiper malware to Russia's GRU military intelligence unit, The Washington Post reports. Other intelligence agencies and information security experts have reached similar conclusions, warning that Russia's hybrid warfare campaigns are intensifying.
This edition of the ISMG Security Report takes a look at how ready healthcare organizations are for GDPR compliance. Also featured: comments from Alberto Yepez of Trident Capital on the 2018 outlook for information security companies and a summary of the latest financial fraud trends.
The cyber espionage group that executed a campaign against the Democratic Party has been gearing up to attack the U.S. Senate, cybersecurity firm Trend Micro warns. Separately, a Senate report demands that the White House do more to prevent the 2018 and 2020 U.S. elections from being disrupted.
The browser is the window to the web. But what's going in the background during that browsing is opaque to most users. A new experiment shows how the computing power of tens of thousands of computers could be unknowingly harnessed to crack passwords, harvest cryptocurrencies or conduct DDoS attacks.
There are roughly 3,000 cybersecurity vendors in the market today, and former FireEye CEO Dave DeWalt says conditions are right for even greater market growth. How does he see the marketplace evolving in 2018?
An attacker who gains physical access to a corporate PC with an Intel chip could exploit the built-in Active Management Technology to backdoor the system in about 30 seconds, unless default AMT credentials have been changed, Finnish security firm F-Secure warns.
In a reversal, chipmaker AMD is now warning that its chips are susceptible to the speculative execution flaws in microprocessors known as Spectre, but not to the Meltdown. Separately, Intel has confirmed that its firmware updates have led to stability problems for older Broadwell and Haswell chipsets.
Fresh research into mobile apps designed to control ICS systems from afar has unearthed unnerving findings. More than 20 percent of mobile ICS apps have issues that could allow an attacker to influence an industrial system.
An analysis of FBI Director Christopher Wray's comments about how encryption poses complications for law enforcement officials leads the latest edition of the ISMG Security Report. Also featured: The former CISO of the state of Michigan sizes up cybersecurity forecasts.
Following the alert over Meltdown and Spectre vulnerabilities, the U.K. Information Commissioner's Office is warning that failures to patch today could be punished with fines under GDPR once enforcement of the data protection law begins later this year.
Fixes for the Meltdown and Spectre vulnerabilities are leading to decreased processor performance, triggering cloud service and data center slowdowns. All Windows servers - plus older PCs - as well as Linux servers appear to be experiencing noticeable slowdowns.
Security practitioners in India and Asia, heeding warnings from vendors and government agencies, are grappling with security challenges posed by the two critical vulnerabilities dubbed Meltdown and Spectre that are affecting desktop computers, smartphones, tablets and cloud services.
Patch or perish to protect against Meltdown and Spectre attacks, and prepare to keep patching as Intel, AMD and ARM, as well as makers of devices running Apple, Google and Windows operating systems, including Apple iOS and Android smartphones and tablets, continue to refine their fixes.
Microsoft has paused issuing security updates to some Windows PCs with AMD chipsets after at least one update - meant to add some Meltdown and Spectre mitigations - has left some systems unbootable. Microsoft blamed the problem on AMD failing to properly document its firmware.
One of the most alarming breaches of 2015, involving Hong Kong toymaker VTech, has resulted in a $650,000 settlement with the U.S. Federal Trade Commission. It's a warning that internet of things security shortcomings - especially involving children's personal data - will have business consequences.