Without saying the word "backdoor," President Barack Obama used an appearance at the South by Southwest conference to argue that law enforcement agencies need weak crypto and likened strong crypto to "walking around with a Swiss bank account in [your] pocket."
Advanced attacks are out, while persistent, relatively simple attacks are in. Despite all of the APT hype in recent years, cybercriminals, and especially nation-state attackers, prefer to keep things simple. Information security experts explain why.
Credit card and other personal information was exposed in a data breach of Internet hosting provider Staminus Communications, which specializes in protection against distributed denial-of-service attacks. The company hosts the website of the Ku Klux Klan white supremacist group, which was also brought down.
The FBI calls ransomware "a prevalent, increasing threat." One recent campaign earned at least $325 million in global profits, while U.S. victims tell the FBI they paid $24 million in ransoms in 2015. And attackers are plowing profits back into improving their malicious code.
In a filing rebutting Apple's appeal of a court order requiring the company to help the FBI unlock the iPhone used by a shooter in the San Bernardino massacre, the Justice Department says Apple's rhetoric is "false" and "corrosive" to the institution that safeguards Americans' liberties and rights.
We all realize that the black hats are typically a step ahead of the white hats. But do we accept that our own security controls are contributing to the deficit? Sam Curry of Arbor Networks describes how security leaders can regain their lead in this video interview.
The volume and complexity of online attacks continue to increase, which creates a challenge for information security managers, says Darrell Burkey, director of product management for Check Point Software Technologies, in this video interview.
Hackers stole $100 million from the Bangladesh Bank after apparently obtaining payment-transfer codes and moving the money overseas in what experts say appears to be one of the largest bank heists in history.
Automated threat intelligence sharing can significantly reduce the amount of time it takes organizations to identify, assess and react to attacks, according to new research from Johns Hopkins. Mark Clancy, CEO of Soltra, says automated information sharing with government and other sectors is catching on.
The nonstop pace of "Apple vs. FBI" updates and related crypto debates seemed to exceed both the U.S. government's and the information security industry's advanced persistent spin-cycles at this year's RSA Conference.
The Internal Revenue Service has temporarily deactivated an online PIN-retrieval tool meant to prevent stolen Social Security numbers from being used to file fraudulent returns after finding that hackers had successfully subverted the system.
Blockchain technology used by bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies offers opportunities for enhanced authentication and ID management, as well as cross-border money remittances, says Ben Knieff of the consultancy Aite. But he contends it's not clear that the technology could play a role in faster payments.
The Justice Department's appeal of a court order that the government can't compel Apple to unlock an iPhone used by an accused drug dealer is significant because it sets in motion a process that could lead to a Supreme Court ruling on whether mobile device makers must give law enforcement an encryption backdoor.
For years, Wade Baker was one of the main forces behind the industry's most noted data breach investigations report. Now, as vice president of strategy and analytics at ThreatConnect, he has the chance to practice the lessons he's learned, as he explains in this video interview.
The big companies make the big headlines, but the midsized entities are really the growing attack targets, says Dick Williams, CEO of Webroot. In this video interview, he discusses how new tools and services are serving this expanding market.