The Trump administration is leading a broadside against Chinese telecommunications giants Huawei and ZTE. But concerns that Chinese networking gear could be used as backdoors for facilitating state-sponsored surveillance or disrupting critical infrastructure are not limited to America.
Cryptocurrency exchanges are seeing fraudsters submit doctored photos in an attempt to reset two-step verification on accounts. The ruse appears to have some degree of success, underscoring the difficulties around verifying identity on the internet.
Apple has issued an iOS update that patches two flaws being exploited in the wild by attackers as well as the "FalmPalm" bug in Group FaceTime. Apple says it compensated the teenager who reported the FaceTime flaw and gave him an extra gift toward his tuition.
Hackers have breached the Australian Parliament's network, although investigators say they have found no evidence that attackers stole any data. But Parliament's presiding officers said all users have been ordered to reset their passwords as a precaution.
Hundreds of suspected customers of Webstresser, a DDoS stresser/booter site that was disrupted last year, are being visited by law enforcement agents and may see jail time. The police message: Using darknet cybercrime services doesn't guarantee anonymity, even if you pay with bitcoin.
Germany's competition authority, the Bundeskartellamt, has prohibited Facebook from combining user data from different sources unless users consent, and it has also prohibited Facebook from blocking users who do not provide this consent. Facebook has one month to appeal the antitrust decision.
Since the EU's GDPR went into full effect, European data protection authorities have received over 59,000 data breach reports, with the Netherlands, Germany and the U.K. receiving the greatest number of notifications, according to the law firm DLA Piper.
Without improved coordination, the U.S. government and private companies could be caught flat-footed if a nation-state hit the software supply chain with malware or a worm, according to a new report that echoes conclusions made over the last decade and calls for closer industry-government ties.
A U.K. bank says no customers lost money after cyberattackers attempted account takeovers by rerouting one-time passcodes, Motherboard reports. Such attacks involve unauthorized tampering with Signaling System #7, the protocol used to route mobile phone calls worldwide.
In 2018, the Identity Theft Resource Center counted 1,244 U.S. data breaches - involving the likes of Facebook, Marriott and Exactis - that exposed 447 million sensitive records, such as Social Security numbers, medical diagnoses and payment card data.
Ransomware victims who opted to pay for the promise of a decryption key forked over an average of $6,733 in the fourth quarter of 2018, according to ransomware incident response firm Coveware. It says strains such as SamSam and Ryuk, which demand higher-than-average ransoms, are increasingly common.
Bangladesh Bank, supported by the New York Fed, has filed a lawsuit in U.S. federal court to try to recover $81 million stolen via one of the biggest online bank heists in history. But the Philippine bank the lawsuit targets has dismissed the case as a "political stunt" designed to shift blame.
Apple says it has engineered a server-side fix for a flaw in its FaceTime messaging app and plans to issue a patch for clients this week. The patches will resolve a situation jokingly dubbed "FacePalm" that revealed a bug-reporting gap.