The participation of Microsoft and other software vendors in an operation to take down 1,400 Citadel botnets illustrates why more public-private collaboration is needed to tackle emerging cybercrimes, operation participants say.
National Security Agency Director Keith Alexander declined to say that the agency would stop using contractors in top secret IT positions to prevent a leak such as the one that exposed NSA programs to collect metadata on American citizens.
Another organized cyber-attack and subsequent cash-out scheme illustrates increasing risks to the U.S. payments chain. One fraud expert says this trend "is of grave concern" for banking institutions and their accountholders.
Having the right log and access management tools in place - and not all tools are used by all agencies at all times - doesn't mean that the proper authorities are alerted in a timely manner to activities that could jeopardize the nation's security.
The UK Information Commissioner's Office has fined the Glasgow City Council in Scotland Â£150,000 after the theft of two unencrypted laptops, one of which contained personal information on more than 20,000 individuals.
In this week's breach roundup, read about the latest incidents, including Drupal.org resetting passwords after the open-source content management framework provider discovered unauthorized access to account information.
An organization's security is only as strong as that of its partners, says Mandiant Director Charles Carmakal, who offers insight on common attack trends emerging from recent data breach investigations.