A researcher claims WhatsApp has dismissed his finding that there's a backdoor in the application that could allow attackers to unlock encrypted messages. But the controversy is more nuanced - and for most of us, much less threatening - than it might first appear.
Yet another study reveals that millions of people are picking weak passwords, with "123456" remaining our collective favorite. Rules requiring stronger passwords and not forcing passwords to expire both could help boost security.
A list of "super user" passwords - and a default username - now circulating online appears to allow unauthorized access to some webcam video streams, security researchers warn. If confirmed, it would be yet another massive internet of things security failure by a device manufacturer.
A U.K. Information Commissioner's report on its investigation into a 2015 TalkTalk breach offers essential information security takeaways for any organization that wants to avoid being breached, says David Stubley of 7 Elements.
The transition to a new presidential administration makes forecasting for HIPAA enforcement activity in 2017 difficult, says privacy attorney David Holtzman of the consultancy Cynergistek, who sizes up what the HHS Office for Civil Rights might do this year.
Leading the latest edition of the ISMG Security Report: an analysis of the impact on healthcare information security and privacy of the 21st Century Cares Act, which President Obama signed into law Dec. 13. Also, a report on the spread of malvertising and an update on the Bangladesh Bank cyber heist.
Facebook, Microsoft, Twitter and YouTube have promised to contribute to a shared database containing hashes - digital fingerprints - of images and videos that promote hatred or terror to facilitate more rapid takedowns. But does the project go far enough?
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?
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.
The latest ISMG Security Report leads with a look at how to protect patient data should President-elect Donald Trump and the Republican-led Congress follow through with their promise to dismantle Obamacare. Also featured is a discussion of whether IoT security should be regulated.
A week after hackers apparently breached the websites of seven Indian embassies, one of the attackers claims to have breached an Indian consulate in the U.S. and posted data online to draw attention to vulnerabilities.
Yahoo in 2014 spotted that an attacker - later revealed to have compromised 500 million accounts - was inside its network, according to a new SEC filing. With Yahoo's $4.8 billion sale to Verizon still pending, the admission adds to the search giant's complications.