Hackers have breached the Australian Parliament's network, although investigators say they have found no evidence that attackers stole any data. But Parliament's presiding officers said all users have been ordered to reset their passwords as a precaution.
The latest edition of the ISMG Security Report features a summary of alarming new findings about the ability of the U.S. to counter a nation-state malware attack. Plus, a discussion of "fusion centers" at banks and an update on the targeting of Webstresser subscribers.
Hundreds of suspected customers of Webstresser, a DDoS stresser/booter site that was disrupted last year, are being visited by law enforcement agents and may see jail time. The police message: Using darknet cybercrime services doesn't guarantee anonymity, even if you pay with bitcoin.
Germany's competition authority, the Bundeskartellamt, has prohibited Facebook from combining user data from different sources unless users consent, and it has also prohibited Facebook from blocking users who do not provide this consent. Facebook has one month to appeal the antitrust decision.
Since the EU's GDPR went into full effect, European data protection authorities have received over 59,000 data breach reports, with the Netherlands, Germany and the U.K. receiving the greatest number of notifications, according to the law firm DLA Piper.
Without improved coordination, the U.S. government and private companies could be caught flat-footed if a nation-state hit the software supply chain with malware or a worm, according to a new report that echoes conclusions made over the last decade and calls for closer industry-government ties.
As cybersecurity threats in the healthcare sector evolve, medical device manufacturer ICU Medical is taking a number of steps to help safeguard its products. Chaitanya Srinivasamurthy and Marshall Fryman of the company describe these security initiatives.
Banks need to work toward improving collaboration between their cybersecurity and fraud management departments to boost efforts to mitigate cyberthreats, say Scott Walters and Eric Reddel of the consultancy Booz Allen Hamilton.
A U.K. bank says no customers lost money after cyberattackers attempted account takeovers by rerouting one-time passcodes, Motherboard reports. Such attacks involve unauthorized tampering with Signaling System #7, the protocol used to route mobile phone calls worldwide.
In 2018, the Identity Theft Resource Center counted 1,244 U.S. data breaches - involving the likes of Facebook, Marriott and Exactis - that exposed 447 million sensitive records, such as Social Security numbers, medical diagnoses and payment card data.
Ransomware victims who opted to pay for the promise of a decryption key forked over an average of $6,733 in the fourth quarter of 2018, according to ransomware incident response firm Coveware. It says strains such as SamSam and Ryuk, which demand higher-than-average ransoms, are increasingly common.
Bangladesh Bank, supported by the New York Fed, has filed a lawsuit in U.S. federal court to try to recover $81 million stolen via one of the biggest online bank heists in history. But the Philippine bank the lawsuit targets has dismissed the case as a "political stunt" designed to shift blame.