Security probes into IoT vulnerabilities too often swerve into creepy territory. Take security researchers at Check Point who discovered they could seize control of an internet-connected LG vacuum cleaner's camera, allowing them to turn a roving robotic cleaner into a spy cam.
Want to infect systems used by a large swath of cybersecurity professionals in one go? Then use a malicious decoy document to target potential attendees of a NATO and U.S. Army conference on "The Future of Cyber Conflict" being held in Washington.
Summit Credit Union of Wisconsin is seeking class-action status for a lawsuit against credit bureau Equifax. The credit union contends it will have to bear the fraud costs resulting from Equifax exposing a massive amount of U.S. consumer data in one of the worst data breaches ever seen.
A 10-digit PIN used by consumers to freeze access to credit reports with Equifax is based on dates and times, several observers have noticed. Equifax says it plans to change how the PIN is generated, but experts say it's another troubling development for a troubled company.
Beyond the emotion, the arrest of security researcher Marcus Hutchins last month on charges that he developed and sold banking malware has thrust information security researchers into the legal limelight and highlighted just how much law enforcement agencies rely on them.
Security vendors are known to sprinkle hyperbole among their claims. But the strategy has backfired for DirectDefense, which mistakenly cast endpoint protection vendor Carbon Black as a contributor to the "world's largest pay-for-play data exfiltration botnet."
New details have emerged relating to the 2015 hack attack against French broadcaster TV5Monde, which resulted in multiple television channels going dark as well as social media channels run by the broadcaster being hijacked and used to spew purported jihadist propaganda.
Two security researchers are attempting to crowdfund a recurring subscription fee to Shadow Brokers' monthly exploit dump club in hopes of helping to prevent or blunt future outbreaks of the WannaCry variety. Cue ethical debate.
Score another one for social engineering: A phishing campaign used a bogus "Google Docs" app to trick people into surrendering full access to their Google accounts and contacts. Before Google squashed the campaign, up to 1 million of its users may have fallen victim.
Businesses that fail to block former employees' server access or spot any other unauthorized access are asking for trouble. While the vast majority of ex-employees will behave scrupulously, why leave such matters to chance?
Many media outlets have suggested that the recent arrest of a Russian computer programmer ties to the 2016 U.S. presidential election meddling blamed on Russia. But the only source for this supposed connection traces to a Russian propaganda arm that's been blamed for participating in said meddling.