Mobile phone retailer Carphone Warehouse has been hit with one of the largest fines ever imposed by Britain's data privacy watchdog after an attacker breached its outdated WordPress installation, exposing 3 million customers' and 1,000 employees' personal details.
This episode of the ISMG Security Report is devoted to producer/host Eric Chabrow's recollection of the evolution of cybersecurity news and analysis during his nine years at Information Security Media Group. Chabrow is retiring after 45 years in journalism.
Exploring Samuel Visner's vision - patterned after the Manhattan Project and moonshot - for collaborating to create innovative ways to improve cybersecurity leads the latest edition of the ISMG Security Report. Also featured: a report on legislation designed to improve the security of U.S. elections.
Legislation pending in Congress that would offer protections for companies and individuals who seek to "hack back" in retaliation against cybercriminals who have attacked them is a bad idea, contends Alan Brill of Kroll.
The latest ISMG Security Report leads with a report on a malware attack on an industrial safety system that experts contend could threaten public safety. Also, legislation giving DHS's cybersecurity unit a meaningful name progresses through Congress.
A new U.S. law signed by President Donald Trump prohibits federal agencies from running anti-virus software from Moscow-based Kaspersky Lab. The company criticized the action, saying it's being singled out based solely on where its corporate headquarters is located.
A trio of Democratic senators is pushing for passage of a U.S. national data breach notification law. Data breach expert Troy Hunt tells lawmakers that data breaches will only get worse. But will Congress, which has rejected similar measures, enact this latest proposal?
Technology lawyers for Twitter, Google and Facebook vowed before a Senate subcommittee on Tuesday to implement tighter controls on their platforms after finding Russia's disinformation and propaganda efforts on social media reached far more people in the U.S. than previously thought.
At the first of three Congressional hearings slated this week to examine the Equifax mega-breach, one Republican said of the company's delay in detecting the breach: "It's like the guards of Fort Knox forgot to lock the doors and failed to notice the thieves were emptying the vaults."
The latest edition of the ISMG Security Report is devoted to a special report on how enterprises around the world should prepare for the European Union's General Data Protection Regulation, which starts being enforced in May.
Equifax is facing increased scrutiny from Congress, including a bill that would mandate free credit freezes for consumers, on demand. But a true fix would require Congress to give U.S. government consumer watchdogs more power.
If the Equifax breach turns out like every other massive data breach we've seen for more than a decade, after a big brouhaha - from Congress, state attorneys general, consumer rights groups and class-action lawsuits - nothing will change, because that would require Congress to give Americans more privacy rights.
The telecom sector in India has repeatedly been targeted by malware attacks, raising serious concerns about vulnerabilities in one of the largest local business sectors. As a result, some security experts are calling for stronger enforcement of regulations and more frequent security audits.
Australia's mandatory data breach notification law, which goes into effect next February, brings a host of new requirements. Gordon Hughes, an attorney and data protection expert, discusses what organizations need to be aware of ahead of its implementation.