The section chief of the FBI's Cyber Division says "the FBI does not condone payment of ransom," in part because it enables criminals to victimize others. Instead, the bureau continues to urge all potential victims to get their IT house in order.
Like last year's breach of the online dating site Ashley Madison - tagline: "Life is Short. Have an Affair." - this year's release of the "Panama Papers" is holding individuals accountable for actions which, if not always illegal, in many cases appear to have at least been unethical.
Epic Systems' successful lawsuit against India's Tata Consultancy Services raises many security questions. For example, why did Epic find out about the allegedly inappropriate downloading of trade secrets from an external whistleblower, rather than as a result of internal detection efforts?
What could be worse than a ransomware infection? How about getting infected by "torture ransomware" that uses a sadistic puppet to taunt you, slowly deleting your encrypted files while increasing the ransom demand until you pay?
Apple's QuickTime media player and web browser plug-in should be immediately expunged from all Windows systems, security experts warn, in a reminder of the dangers of using outdated software - especially web browser plug-ins.
The scant - if not conflicting - details and sourcing attached to a recent news report on how the FBI cracked an iPhone 5c have left information security experts questioning both technical details and related agendas.
The continuing success of attackers stealing billions of dollars from organizations, often through simple business email compromise scams, is a sad commentary on the state of corporate security practices as well as our collective lack of cybersecurity smarts.
Tools and techniques need to be identified to aid law enforcement in gathering evidence from devices, such as smartphones, while safeguarding the security and privacy of individuals. Can stakeholders find that middle ground?
The nonstop pace of "Apple vs. FBI" updates and related crypto debates seemed to exceed both the U.S. government's and the information security industry's advanced persistent spin-cycles at this year's RSA Conference.
It's springtime in San Francisco: cue the annual RSA Conference. Here are some notable trends that have already emerged from the event, ranging from ransomware and phishing attacks to hacker self-promotion and Facebook fakery.
To the list of vulnerable, Internet-connected devices - from routers and home alarms to baby monitors and toys - now add the world's most popular electric car: the Nissan LEAF. Nissan says a full fix is forthcoming.
As a result of high-profile breaches, emerging malware threats and increased regulatory scrutiny, CISOs at financial institutions are under more pressure than ever to develop innovative strategies for enhancing cybersecurity. And the CISO's evolving role will be a hot topic at RSA Conference 2016.