A Hollywood hospital acknowledges paying ransom to unlock data seized by attackers. But while experts generally caution against paying extortionists, some organizations do indeed fold under the pressure to get their critical data back quickly.
Jeff Shaffer, a former Secret Service agent, has investigated cybercrime for more than 25 years. Now a manager at PricewaterhouseCoopers, he discusses how organizations can protect their assets better by understanding their attackers' MO.
An alleged hacktivist suspected of launching a DDoS attack on a children's hospital has been arrested and charged after he and his wife were rescued at sea by a Disney cruise ship off the coast of Cuba. Will this case have a storybook ending?
Apple CEO Tim Cook has blasted a U.S. federal judge's Feb. 16 order compelling Apple to help bypass the encryption on an iPhone seized by the FBI, saying the crypto backdoor would set a "dangerous" precedent.
The United States and Israel hacked into Iran's military and civilian infrastructure as part of a secret program code-named "Nitro Zeus" that was designed to disable the country's critical infrastructure on demand, claims the new documentary film "Zero Days."
Multiple hospitals from Hollywood to Germany have been hit recently by ransomware attacks. It's a reminder that no organization is immune to outbreaks of malware that's designed to forcibly encrypt all data stored on PCs and servers.
The U.S. and U.K. government push to "backdoor" strong crypto - used to secure everything from online banking and e-commerce to patient health records and consumer communications - wouldn't stop most criminals or terrorists, researchers warn.
Federal regulators have issued new guidance to clarify scenarios where HIPAA privacy and security regulation might apply, including for mobile health applications and electronic data exchange. Why are some organizations still so confused?
U.K. police have arrested a teenager on suspicion of having perpetrated a series of high-profile hacks and pranks against senior U.S. officials, including the director of the CIA, plus the recent release of nearly 30,000 DHS and FBI employees' contact details.
How will federal banking regulators respond to growing criticism of the FFIEC's Cybersecurity Assessment Tool? A new FDIC publication leads some experts to believe no new guidance is forthcoming. Here's why.
With the U.S. accelerating its adoption of the EMV chip, encryption and tokenization, life is going to get tougher for fraudsters, and card-not-present fraud will rise, says PCI Council Director Jeremy King. Regions with poor data security must beware.
Hong Kong toymaker VTech has revised its end-user license agreement to make clear that it can't be held legally responsible for any data breaches. Many security experts have reacted with fury. But is VTech's move unusual?
President Obama is creating a federal CISO post as part of a multifaceted initiative aimed at strengthening the nation's IT security. His plan includes forming a public-private Commission on Enhancing National Cybersecurity and boosting government cybersecurity spending by 35 percent.
The U.S. government is probing an apparent cybersecurity lapse that allowed a hacker to obtain and release contact information for more than 20,000 FBI employees and 9,000 other Department of Homeland Security employees.
Here's more evidence of how a data breach can have a major financial impact. The bill for U.K. telecom giant TalkTalk's October 2015 data breach could be as much as $94 million, and the incident resulted in the loss of 95,000 customers.