With ransomware attackers having already launched attack code with themes ranging from horror movies and Pokemon to Hitler to cats, it was only a matter of time before they decided to beam Star Trek's Kirk and Spock direct to would-be victims' PCs.
With apologies to Troy Hunt, the last thing you want to see in the morning as you're having your first cup of coffee and scanning the interwebz for cat videos is a notice from his "Have I Been Pwned" breach-alert service.
As effective as ransomware has proven to be in attacks against so many organizations across regions and sectors, certain characteristics actually can help defenders gain an edge in detecting malware. Lastline's Engin Kirda explains how.
Hackers have been targeting the likes of AOL and Yahoo, in part, because a certain generation of users - including many senior U.S. officials - continue to use the services to send and store state secrets. Let's make sure future generations don't make similar mistakes.
U.S. prosecutors are expected to soon issue indictments charging four individuals with launching hack attacks against Yahoo, Bloomberg reports. But it's unclear to which of the two massive Yahoo breaches the charges might relate.
FireEye's Mandiant investigative unit is seeing a revival in tried-and-true hacking techniques, ranging from social engineering to the snatching of OAuth tokens. Why are these old techniques still working?
FBI Director James Comey worries about data corruption, and he's focused on hackers altering data. But if government leaders feed false information into computer systems, what should IT and IT security practitioners do to protect data integrity?
New ransomware circulating via BitTorrent is disguised as software that purports to allow Mac users to crack popular Adobe and Microsoft applications. Separately, new ransomware calling itself Trump Locker appears to be the previously spotted VenusLocker ransomware in disguise.
Every year, information security professionals flock to San Francisco for the annual RSA Conference. From the debut of "Trumpcryption" to cybersecurity's "greatest hits" set to hip-hop violin, here are some of the 2017 event's highlights.
Say hello to Fruitfly, the first piece of Mac malware to be discovered this year. The two-year-old malicious code is odd - it includes code that dates from the late 1990s - and appears to be designed to exploit biomedical institutions via targeted attacks.
Companies involved in mergers and acquisitions are increasingly targeted with cyberattacks that could potentially derail the deals, says Bryce Boland of FireEye, who outlines the risks and offers tips for mitigating them.
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.
Because cyberattackers are now using memory-resident malware that leave no trace on the disk, forensics experts using traditional methods will face a challenge, says Christopher Novak, director of Verizon's global investigative response unit.
Because cyber threats are becoming increasingly sophisticated, bolstering employee and customer awareness and training about ransomware, phishing and other cyber risks must be a top priority in 2017, says Curt Kwak, CIO of Proliance Surgeons.
As cybercriminals continue to wage more sophisticated, well-funded attacks, it's more urgent than ever to attract qualified professionals to careers in cybersecurity, Symantec CTO Dr. Hugh Thompson says in this audio interview.