Coming soon to an internet service provider near you: routers infected by IoT device botnet-building malware such as Mirai. The latest victim is ISP TalkTalk, which is updating routers to block DDoS attackers who have been seizing control of the devices.
A just-issued report from President Obama's Commission on Enhancing National Cybersecurity outlines challenges the next administration should address. Observations from one of the panel's commissioners highlight the latest episode of the ISMG Security Report.
Today's ISMG Security Report leads off with House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Michael McCaul and DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson lamenting about the congressional bureaucracy that hinders passage of needed cybersecurity legislation.
Cyber espionage and other increasingly sophisticated nation-state cyberattacks will escalate into what amounts to "cyberwar" in 2017, predicts security expert Michael Bruemmer of Experian Data Breach Resolution.
Many members of Britain's Parliament regularly use technology - and tech firms - as a scapegoat for intractable social issues or failed government policies. Does the country's new mass surveillance law now enshrine technology scapegoating into law?
The Internet Archive, a pioneering 20-petabyte digital repository, is raising funds to replicate its data in Canada. The group's founder fears that the election of Donald Trump as the next U.S. president portends an uncertain privacy rights future.
Deutsche Telekom says 900,000 customers were unable to access the internet after their routers were infected with malware. Researchers say it's a modified version of Mirai - code for building an internet-of-things botnet.
Facebook says it hasn't seen ransomware spreading through its Messenger instant messaging platform despite recent reports from researchers saying that the file-encrypting Locky may have slipped through.
The latest ISMG Security Report leads with a look at the ransomware attack against San Francisco's light rail agency. Also featured is an analysis of the ongoing fallout from Australia's online census project.
Score one for preparation: In the wake of a ransomware attack that infected 900 workstations, the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency says it's restoring affected systems, vowing to not give the attackers a single bitcoin of their ransom demand.
Local police are investigating ATM skimming attacks at four New York hospitals. Security experts warn that fraudsters will likely continue to target locations, including hospitals, where ATMs are not closely monitored and around-the-clock access to the terminals is available.