The latest ISMG Security Report leads with a profile of Rob Joyce, the National Security Agency operative who is reportedly under consideration to be President Donald Trump's top cybersecurity adviser. Also, cybercriminal ties with Russian intelligence and the lifespan of zero-day vulnerabilities.
Little is known about Evgeniy M. Bogachev, the alleged hacker and Gameover Zeus botnet mastermind. There are clues, however, that he's been helping Russian intelligence agencies, according to a new report. If true, that wouldn't be a surprise.
WikiLeaks says it leaked the "Vault 7" CIA hacking arsenal in part to stoke a debate on cyber-weapon proliferation. Here's how information security experts are reacting to WikiLeaks' claims and potential agenda, as well as the dump and information vulnerability-exploit information it contains.
A groundbreaking study from RAND Corporation quantifies the stakes around how zero-day software vulnerabilities get discovered and persist, bringing hard facts to bear on related - and contentious - debates surrounding vulnerability disclosure and public safety.
Apache Struts 2 users are being warned to upgrade immediately, after attackers began targeting a zero-day flaw in the widely used, open source Java EE platform. Some attacks deactivate firewalls on vulnerable Linux systems and install DDoS or BillGates malware, amongst other malicious code.
A look at the return of the Crypt0L0cker ransomware leads the latest edition of the ISMG Security Report. Also, assuring the security of medical devices; and U.S. federal prosecutors drop charges against a child porn suspect rather than reveal the hacking technique used to ensnare him.
When it comes to massive DDoS attacks powered by the likes of a Mirai botnet, "the sky is not falling," says ESET security researcher Cameron Camp. But organizations do need to prepare - and here's where to start.
Crypt0L0cker ransomware - originally tied to the Gameover Zeus gang - has returned, researchers warn, and in some cases is digitally signed to make it appear legitimate. Other attack campaigns are spreading Cerber and Sage Locker via spam emails sent via short-lived domain names.
With Verizon's data breach investigations team finding that 90 percent of breaches trace to a phishing or other social engineering attack, lead investigator Chris Novak says that using multifactor authentication should be a no-brainer for all organizations.
To meet the increasing customer demands for effective solutions, security vendors must ensure their products work together well, says Dr. Mike Lloyd of RedSeal. This is particularly essential to achieving "digital resilience," the ability to promptly detect and respond to network intrusions, he says.
Vice President Mike Pence used a personal AOL email account while governor of Indiana to conduct official business, and his account was hacked. Live by the private email account, die by the private email account?
For any of the tens of thousands of organization that may be smarting from this week's Amazon Web Services and Simple Storage Solution (S3) outage, take the following advice to heart: "You must kill your darlings."
Déjà vu "smart toy" information security fail: Spiral Toys, maker of internet-connected CloudPets, is under fire for exposing 821,000 user records online - now being ransomed - as well as links to 2.2 million parents' and children's voice recordings.
The Russian government appears to be doubling down on its information warfare success to date, publicly confirming that it has a "cyber army" designed to wage psychological operations and propaganda campaigns. While there are defenses, too few are using them.