cybersecurity

January 18, 2017

Heads up, Gmail users: a new phishing attack is making the rounds and it's fooling even technically-savvy, security-conscious users. The ruse aims to steal usernames and passwords for Gmail and other services, and "is being used right now with a high success rate," according to Mark Maunder, CEO of WordPress security plugin Wordfence, who described the campaign in detail.

January 13, 2017

A long-term national strategy needs to be formulated by the United States government, along with consulting the private sector, to facilitate the advancement of the Internet of Things (IoT), and minimise chances of privacy and security-related harm, the US Department of Commerce has said in a report on Thursday.

January 11, 2017

The Homeland Security Department warned Tuesday about an unusual cybersecurity flaw for one manufacturer's implantable heart devices that it said could allow hackers to remotely take control of a person's defibrillator or pacemaker.

January 05, 2017

With the sheer velocity of how the distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks spread through common household items such as DVR players, makes this sector scary from a security standpoint. “Today, firms are developing IoT firmware with open source components in a rush to market. Unfortunately, many are delivering these IoT solutions without good plans for updates, leaving them open to not only vulnerabilities but vulnerabilities security teams cannot remediate quickly,” write Forrester analysts.

January 01, 2017

The technology that went into China’s new J-20 jet fighter was stolen and diverted from export licenses the Commerce Department issued over a decade ago despite Defense Department objections, former Pentagon official Michael Maloof told RT’s Ed Schultz. The US, Russia and China are in an expensive technological race to achieve global air superiority.

December 21, 2016

Larger enterprises have the resources to not only afford the technology needed to grow in the digital age, but they also have the budget and manpower to build security into their overall ecosystems. Does the K-12 education sector have the means to do the same? As the use of technology becomes more prevalent in public schools, will collecting more data potentially increase the cybersecurity risks for the K-12 sector?

December 19, 2016

While the rise of secure digital communications necessitates that law enforcement have additional authority to successfully investigate crimes and combat terrorism, expanding government hacking power needs to be done in a careful and deliberate manner. Given the scope and importance of these rules, Congress should oversee the changes to ensure they respect civil liberties, do not weaken cybersecurity, and achieve the desired results for law enforcement.

December 18, 2016

When Intel and the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) surveyed 775 IT decision makers, 82 percent expressed a concern for the cybersecurity skills shortage.

December 16, 2016

Some might think that hackers only target high-profile groups such as politicians and banks – but that’s a mistake. Schools, both K-12 and higher education, have been victims, too. More than 780 breaches in schools, resulting in the disclosure of more than 14,790,000 records, have been reported since 2005, according to the Privacy Rights Clearinghouse, a California-based nonprofit consumer advocate.

December 15, 2016

Yahoo has discovered a 3-year-old security breach that enabled a hacker to compromise more than 1 billion user accounts, breaking the company's own humiliating record for the biggest security breach in history. The digital heist disclosed Wednesday occurred in August 2013, more than a year before a separate hack that Yahoo announced nearly three months ago .

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