Malware researcher Ivan Kwiatkowski unleashed ransomware on tech-support scammers after his parents stumbled across a site warning they'd been infected by Zeus. Despite the feel-good factor, however, security experts advise against hacking back.
Australia's census debacle has prompted questions over whether main contractor IBM made errors, and if the Australian Bureau of Statistics underestimated the resources it needed to successfully power a busy, online service.
Unlike other malware, ransomware practically screams and shouts at victims, and that distinct behavior holds promise for helping to better detect and block ransomware infections, according to Northeastern University security researchers.
The Australian Bureau of Statistics took its online census submission form offline after several distributed denial-of-service attacks, a move that is likely to only fuel worries over privacy and data safety.
An unexpected outrage over a mundane project - the national census - is causing a fierce debate over privacy rights. One observer says: "This, without doubt, is the most significant invasion of privacy ever perpetrated on Australians by the ABS."
Russia, which some have blamed for attacks against the Democratic Party in the U.S., has offered a detailed description of coordinated cyberattacks against its scientific, public authority and military institutions. Is the announcement a tit-for-tat move after the charges of Russian involvement in U.S. hacks?
The Democratic Party platform calls for balancing privacy and security concerns, and vice presidential nominee Tim Kaine endorses the formation of a commission to advise Congress on developing digital security and encryption laws.
CEO fraud campaigns are becoming far more common. A recent attack against our company was deflected because of the alertness of a staff member who received a fraudulent wire transfer request, illustrating why well-informed employees truly are the best lines of defense against these schemes.
As the Pokémon Go craze continues to take off, it's clear that when it comes to chasing virtual creatures through real-world locations, too many people fail to keep some common sense guidelines in mind.
France's data protection watchdog has slammed Microsoft Windows 10 for collecting excessive amounts of personal data and failing to use strong security controls. Under the country's data protection laws, Microsoft may now face up to $1.7 million in fines.
As Pokémon Go launches in Japan, the government's cybersecurity organization has issued a nine-point safety guide reminding players to beware of real-world and cybersecurity hazards when playing the augmented reality game.
An analysis of the record of the U.K.'s new prime minister, Theresa May, on cybersecurity and online privacy and a report on efforts to create an antidote to ransomware highlight this edition of the ISMG Security Report.
Businesses on both sides of the Atlantic are lauding the new U.S.-EU Privacy Shield, which gives them a legal way to handle Europeans' personal data. But privacy rights groups have criticized the agreement for falling short of the EU's own privacy protections.