Europe's biggest annual information security conference returns to London this week. Here's my pick of the top Infosec Europe sessions, with topics ranging from cybercrime and incident response to EU regulations and the Internet of Things.
Is SWIFT now playing good cop/bad cop? While it initially promised to not police the financial services industry, it's now considering training auditors and suspending banks found to have poor information security practices.
After blaming a recent spate of bank robberies on banks' poor information security practices, SWIFT has changed its tune. Now it says it wants to help financial firms spot related fraud and better share information about unfolding threats.
Anonymous has unleashed a DDoS campaign against banks, commencing with an attack against the Bank of Greece's website, followed by attacks against other bank websites. But the impact of the interruptions apparently has been minimal, continuing Anonymous' track record for attacks that fail to pack much of a punch.
Anonymous is threatening global banks with 30 days of distributed denial-of-service attack disruptions and temporarily disrupted the Bank of Greece website as a preview. Security experts say all banks should take the DDoS threat seriously.
Russian email service Mail.Ru says its users' credentials contained in data leaked to Hold Security are 99.982 percent invalid, leading it to slam the security firm for stoking "media hype." But Hold Security's CISO contends the leak contains valid email addresses that could be used for phishing and spam.
A security firm claims to have obtained from a young Russian hacker a data set that includes 272 million unique credentials for Hotmail, Gmail and Yahoo email addresses, among others. But there's no reason to panic, security experts say.
What could be worse than a ransomware infection? How about getting infected by "torture ransomware" that uses a sadistic puppet to taunt you, slowly deleting your encrypted files while increasing the ransom demand until you pay?
A jury's decision to award $940 million in damages to electronic health records software vendor Epic Systems, which had sued India's Tata Consultancy Services alleging theft of trade secrets, serves up lessons about the importance of restricting access to all sensitive data, including intellectual property.
The continuing success of attackers stealing billions of dollars from organizations, often through simple business email compromise scams, is a sad commentary on the state of corporate security practices as well as our collective lack of cybersecurity smarts.
As a result of high-profile breaches, emerging malware threats and increased regulatory scrutiny, CISOs at financial institutions are under more pressure than ever to develop innovative strategies for enhancing cybersecurity. And the CISO's evolving role will be a hot topic at RSA Conference 2016.
Here's more evidence of how a data breach can have a major financial impact. The bill for U.K. telecom giant TalkTalk's October 2015 data breach could be as much as $94 million, and the incident resulted in the loss of 95,000 customers.
Java users are being warned to only use newly released installers to avoid a nasty potential exploit. Meanwhile, a veteran bug hunter questions whether Oracle's move to ditch Java browser plug-ins will have a significant security upside.
Sometimes language barriers can be a good thing: Many malware-wielding cybercriminals have historically targeted users in North America and Europe over Japan, owing to linguistic challenges. But that's changing.