Equifax ex-CEO Richard Smith asserts that a single employee's failure to heed a security alert led to the company failing to install a patch on a critical system, which was subsequently exploited by hackers. But his claim calls into question whether poor patch practices and management failures were the norm.
When Yahoo first disclosed a massive 2013 breach last year, it said 1 billion accounts appeared to have been compromised. But the search giant, now owned by Verizon, says "new intelligence" has revealed that the breach compromised every single Yahoo account, affecting 3 billion users in total.
Gartner's Avivah Litan, a featured speaker at ISMG's Fraud and Breach Prevention Summit in New York on Aug. 8, says hacker attribution is taking on new importance, as traditional methods of determining attack risk and detection linked to indicators of compromise are no longer effective.
Organizations can take steps in advance to help ensure that forensic investigations into data breaches and cyberattacks are successful, says security expert John "Drew" Hamilton, a professor at Mississippi State University.
The cybersecurity epitaph of the fired FBI director could read: "He showed courage to take on Apple." Comey publicly battled Apple CEO Tim Cook over unlocking the iPhone of the San Bernardino shooter, becoming the face of the proponents who seek ways to bypass encryption on mobile devices.
Police are investigating an anonymous email threat against Indian IT company Wipro as a potential "act of terror." On May 5, the company received an anonymous email threatening a massive attack with the poison Ricin on all its offices in Bangalore if it didn't pay a bitcoin ransom.
Travel industry software giant Sabre has alerted hotels that its software-as-a-service SynXis Central Reservations system - used by more than 36,000 properties - was breached and payment card data and customers' personal details may have been stolen.
Adam Mudd has been sentenced to a two-year prison term after he pleaded guilty to developing and selling "Titanium Stresser," an on-demand DDoS attack tool tied to over 1.7 million attacks worldwide. Separately, Britain's high court ruled that Lauri Love can fight a U.S. extradition request.
A man who allegedly used a smartphone with a Tor proxy and VPN client to hide his online activities has been arrested and charged with narcotics distribution after U.S. Postal Service employees spotted him mailing large numbers of envelopes while wearing latex gloves.
FireEye's Mandiant investigative unit is seeing a revival in tried-and-true hacking techniques, ranging from social engineering to the snatching of OAuth tokens. Why are these old techniques still working?
Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer will lose her cash bonus after an independent investigation into security breaches at the search giant found that the company's senior executives and legal team failed to properly comprehend or investigate the severity of the attacks.
College student Zachary Shames, who's pleaded guilty to developing and selling Limitless Logger spyware, was outed to the FBI by security firm Trend Micro after Shames failed to compartmentalize his online activities. Turns out hiding your identity online is harder than it might appear.
Sen. Marco Rubio: Don't think of the Russian-government breach of Democratic Party computers as merely an attempt to influence the presidential election, but rather as a sophisticated campaign aimed to spread disarray through the government and society.
Because cyberattackers are now using memory-resident malware that leave no trace on the disk, forensics experts using traditional methods will face a challenge, says Christopher Novak, director of Verizon's global investigative response unit.
The lack of a smoking gun - absolute certainty - has some security experts not entirely convinced that the Russians or their backers hacked Democratic Party computers in an attempt to sway the U.S. presidential election.