Reporting software vulnerabilities can be legally dicey, particularly if the affected company has not previously had contact with computer security researchers. A Sydney consultant recently experienced both ends of the spectrum while investigating building management software.
The critical Active Management Technology flaw in many Intel chipsets' firmware can be remotely exploited using any password - or even no password at all - to gain full access to a system, security researchers warn. Numerous systems and even ATMs will require forthcoming firmware fixes.
The latest draft version of the Trump administration's cybersecurity executive order is similar to the previous version and lays out a plan to secure U.S. federal government and critical infrastructure IT that could have come out of the Obama White House.
The Department of Homeland Security is warning IT service providers, healthcare organizations and three other business sectors about a sophisticated cyberattack campaign that involves using stolen administrative credentials and implanting malware on critical systems.
CISOs are increasingly being asked by management and boards to predict what the cost of a breach or cyber incident might be. But most still need to develop good predictive metrics, says Benjamin Dean, president of Iconoclast Tech.
In his world travels, Steve Durbin of the Information Security Forum sees the global cybersecurity industry coming of age. But he also sees the steady maturation of cybercriminals and their schemes. How can organizations best counter the changing threat landscape?
Hackers have reportedly exploited the SS7 mobile telecommunications signaling protocol to drain money from online bank accounts used by O2 mobile phone subscribers. Despite rising security worries relating to SS7, many telcos have yet to explore related fixes.
The latest ISMG Security Report leads with an account of FBI Director James Comey's testimony before the U.S. Congress on insiders posing a cyberthreat to the American law enforcement bureau. Also, dissecting the claim that most startups fail shortly after being victimized by a cyberattack.
Security practitioners are debating the role deception technologies can play in a security strategy. But how does the latest technology actually work? Sahir Hidayatullah, CEO and co-founder of Smokescreen Technologies, offers some insights.
As fraudsters continue to improve their email spoofing with better socially engineered schemes, business email compromise attacks will become more successful, says Denyette DePierro of the American Bankers Association, who discusses how banks can help customers avoid becoming victimized.
Organizations have more endpoints today than ever, and securing those endpoints is challenging, because it's rare that any one organization is responsible for all the endpoints that touch its network and servers, says Mike Spanbauer, vice president of research and strategy at NSS Labs.
Score another one for social engineering: A phishing campaign used a bogus "Google Docs" app to trick people into surrendering full access to their Google accounts and contacts. Before Google squashed the campaign, up to 1 million of its users may have fallen victim.