Uber paid hackers $100,000 to keep quiet about a 2016 breach that exposed 57 million accounts belonging to customers and drivers, Bloomberg reports. But was the payment a bug bounty, as Uber has suggested, or really an extortion payoff and hush money?
U.S. prosecutors have unsealed an indictment against an Iranian man charged with trying to extort entertainment company HBO for $6 million in bitcoins. The case marks a rare public naming of someone accused of cyber extortion, which poses an increasing risk for all organizations.
HealthcareInfoSecurity Executive Editor Marianne Kolbasuk McGee reflects on the just-concluded Healthcare Security Summit in New York in the latest edition of the ISMG Security Report. Also, PCI Security Standards Council CTO Troy Leach addresses ransomware risks.
A British man who was initially arrested on suspicion of hacking English socialite Pippa Middleton's iCloud account has been sentenced to serve a three-year prison sentence after he pleaded guilty to unrelated fraud and blackmail crimes. But he may also have ties to The Dark Overlord extortion gang.
A veteran security researcher has become entangled in a conflict with Chinese drone manufacturer DJI over his security vulnerability report, which initially qualified for the manufacturer's bug bounty program. The researcher says communications broke down after he refused to sign a legal agreement.
Kaspersky Lab says it "inadvertently" scooped up classified U.S. documents and code from an NSA analyst's home computer, but suggests it wasn't the conduit by which the material ended up in Russian hands. It claims that the computer was riddled with malware.
Since last year, North Korean hackers have been targeting businesses in the financial services, aerospace and telecommunications sectors by exploiting a remote administration tool, or RAT, according to an alert issued Tuesday by the United States Computer Emergency Response Team.
In the year ahead, cyber threats to the healthcare sector will continue to evolve from attacks primarily involving the theft of health data to assaults aimed at disrupting organizations' operations, predicts Sean Murphy, CISO of health insurer Premera Blue Cross.
With the aim of protecting data privacy, the government of Singapore is considering taking steps to greatly reduce the use of the National Registration Identity Card numbers for verifying consumers' identities.
The latest ISMG Security Reports leads with a top DHS cybersecurity leader, Jeanette Manfra, providing a case study on how information sharing helped mitigate the WannaCry attack in the U.S. Also, the SEC mulls toughening its cyber risk reporting requirements.
The face-off between security researchers and biometric authentication continues, with a group from Vietnam claiming to have fooled the facial-recognition system, called Face ID, that's built into Apple's latest iPhone by using a handmade mask that includes 3D printouts and a silicone nose.
Rare, massive data breaches don't necessarily pose the greatest risk to organizations, according to a new study co-authored by Google researchers. Also beware of quiet pedestrian schemes - think phishing, keyloggers - and attack tactics unchanged since the mid-2000s.
All U.S. publicly traded companies should review how they internally disseminate breach information and expect to see revised cybersecurity guidance, says William Hinman, the director of corporation finance for the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.