Leading the latest edition of the ISMG Security Report: The Department of Justice indicts Russians for allegedly running an industrialized troll factory designed to influence U.S. politics. Also, a feature in Australia's new real-time payment system could be abused by identity thieves.
Want to meddle with a democracy? Just use its social media outlets against it to amplify already existing social divisions. That's the quick take on the indictment recently unsealed by Special Counsel Robert Mueller that accuses Russians of running an "active measures" campaign against the United States.
After a U.S. indictment charged Russians with running a troll factory that interfered in U.S. elections, groups tracking online disinformation campaigns warn that Russian bots are now debating the school shooting in Parkland, Florida. The White House is facing questions over what it's doing to deter Moscow.
Australia's real-time payments platform, which launched last week, includes a feature designed to reduce fraud and erroneous payments. Ironically, the feature may also expose users to social engineering attacks.
Intel faces 32 lawsuits filed over the trio of flaws in its CPUs known as Meltdown and Spectre, seeking damages for the security vulnerabilities as well as alleged insider trading. The flaws have also been cited in lawsuits against chipmakers AMD and ARM, as well as against Apple.
Is U.S. computer crime justice draconian? That's one obvious question following England's Court of Appeal ruling that suspected hacker Lauri Love would not be extradited to the United States, in part, because they said the U.S. justice system could not be trusted to treat Love humanely.
Attackers recently snuck cryptomining code onto thousands of websites by inserting it into a third-party accessibility plug-in called Browsealoud. Web specifications designed to guard against these types of rogue actions by third-party code libraries already exist. Why aren't more sites using them?
The top U.S. intelligence official has warned Congress that Russia will attempt to meddle in the this year's U.S. midterm elections, a repeat of the country's alleged 2016 U.S. presidential election interference.
After suffering one of the worst data breaches in history, in which 145.5 million U.S. consumers' personal details were stolen, credit bureau Equifax has hired Jamil Farshchi to serve as its new CISO. Farshchi joins from Home Depot, which hired him after suffering a massive data breach.
Following the online attack against the opening ceremonies of the Olympic Winter Games in South Korea, some pundits were quick to guess that Russia was involved. But some attribution experts call the rush to attribute any cyberattack premature or even "irresponsible."
Hackers crashed the Winter Olympics, apparently by using destructive malware dubbed "Olympic Destroyer." The attack resulted in the Pyeonchang 2018 website being offline for 12 hours and WiFi unavailable during the opening ceremony, but organizers say no competitions were disrupted.
Equifax says that its digital forensic investigators have found that while its tally of 145.5 million U.S. breach victims hasn't changed, more of them had their email addresses, tax identification numbers and driver's license information exfiltrated.
More than 4,200 websites, some belonging to the U.S., U.K. and Australian governments, have been turning their visitors' computers into mining machines to harvest the virtual currency Monero. The security lapse continues the recent trend of cryptocurrency mining malware overtaking ransomware.
Singapore's new cybersecurity law passed earlier this week mandates that owners of critical information and infrastructure report cybersecurity incidents to the Cybersecurity Agency. Security experts discuss organizations' readiness to comply.