Spanish police arrested Russian computer programmer Pyotr Levashov, apparently while he was vacationing with his family. Authorities say his arrest relates to alleged Kelihos spam botnet and pump-and-dump stock campaigns, not to Russia's alleged interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election.
A zero-day flaw in Microsoft Office is being targeted via in-the-wild attacks, security firms warn, including by the notorious Dridex botnet. While there is a workaround, Microsoft says it plans to issue a full fix this week as part of its regularly scheduled security updates.
Twitter has dropped a federal lawsuit that sought to quash an administrative summons, which the government subsequently withdrew, seeking records for an account that's critical of U.S. policy. It's one of many accounts suspected to have been created by disgruntled government employees.
A Texas-based pediatric practice is the latest healthcare entity to report a major data breach following a recent ransomware attack, despite the organization's efforts to mitigate the incident quickly.
A North Korean IP address has turned up in an investigation by Kaspersky Lab into attacks against banks' SWIFT systems. The finding is a strong indication that the Lazarus hacking group may be run by North Korea.
The latest edition of the ISMG Security Report leads off with an interview with the co-editor of a new book, Inside Threat, who uses examples from the physical world that can be applied to the virtual world. Also, organizations fall short on offering identity protection services.
The FCC is warning that a scam focuses on tricking people into saying the word "yes" on the phone, which fraudsters record and later reuse as a voice signature in an attempt to make fraudulent charges on utility or credit card accounts.
The FBI recently warned that hackers are targeting FTP servers run by healthcare organizations in order to obtain medical records. New statistics show more than 750,000 FTP servers can be accessed anonymously worldwide.
Following the Westminster attack in London, Britain's home secretary scapegoated social networks and end-to-end encryption communications. Is it possible her government has a messy domestic political issue that it's trying to avoid discussing?
A scareware campaign has been locking iOS devices with faux ransomware, demanding a payoff via virtual iTunes gift cards, security researchers warn. A fix for the exploited iOS flaw is included in a massive batch of product patches and updates released by Apple.
Not too fast, not too slow. Notwithstanding regulations and contractual obligations, that's legal and security experts' consensus on how quickly organizations that suspect they've been breached should notify individuals whose information may have been exposed.
Microsoft's docs.com service has been an open window to viewing people's personal data. The company appears to have taken some steps to contain the exposure, but those watching closely say sensitive data can still be found via search engines.
The U.S. Justice Department is reportedly preparing to charge multiple "Chinese middlemen" with helping to orchestrate the $81 million Bangladesh Bank heist on behalf of North Korea. Security experts have long been reporting that the attack code and tactics appear to trace to North Korea.
Cloud services firm Coupa is one of the latest business email compromise victims, after a fraudster pretending to be its CEO faked out the HR department and stole all of its 2016 employees' W-2 forms. Security experts say rigorous training remains the only viable defense.