The U.S. government's idea to take the reins of the development of 5G mobile networks has been met with cynicism and criticism. But there are goods reasons the government is worried: Standards haven't been set in stone yet, and 5G will present a bevy of new security challenges. Here are some of them.
How effective are nation-backed trolls at influencing individuals via social media? An analysis of Russian trolls' accounts suggests they're designed for "causing havoc by pushing ideas, engaging other users or even taking both sides of controversial online discussions."
Coincheck, a Tokyo-based exchange, says it suffered a hack attack that led to the theft of $530 million worth of XEM cryptocurrency from its hot wallet. But the developers of XEM say they are tagging all accounts that receive the stolen funds to stop it from being converted to cash.
How bad does a third-party fix have to be for Microsoft to issue a rare, weekend update that helps IT administrators disable it? A security update from Microsoft allows users to disable a faulty Intel firmware update that can lead to frequent rebooting as well as lost or corrupted data.
Many Malwarebytes users had a busy weekend after a software update led their Windows systems to experience "out of memory" errors, loss of internet access and, in some cases, crashing. The security firm has apologized and issued detailed instructions for reversing the problems and installing its fix.
U.S. Secret Service alert: For the first time, malware-using fraudsters have been draining U.S. ATMs of their cash via what's known as a jackpotting or cash-out attack. Two older models of ATMs made by Diebold Nixdorf appear to have been targeted.
In the wake of a ransomware attack that disrupted patient care services for hundreds of Allscripts' customers, a class action lawsuit has been filed against the cloud-based electronic health records vendor for allegedly "failing to secure its systems and data from cyberattacks."
How much does it cost to buy cybercrime-enabling products or services? Just $5 and up, security researchers say. Law enforcement agencies warn that small-time players as well as "serious and organized" crime rings are using cybercrime as a service to make illicit profits.
After spiking in 2017, the volume of attacks involving ransomware has since declined, but the malware still remains a potent threat. For attackers, ransomware barriers to entry are lower than ever, thanks to highly automated ransomware-as-a-service offerings.
After settling a breach lawsuit for $17.2 million, Aetna has signed another large settlement related to privacy breaches involving mailings to its health plan members. The latest settlement with the New York state attorney general's office involves two mailings last year.
The web may be largely funded thanks to online advertising, but the threat posted by malicious advertisements continues to escalate. Indeed, the latest malvertising scheme, uncovered by security firm Confiant, served 1 billion malicious advertisements.
The usual advice for major security flaws is to patch as quickly as possible. Now Intel is calling for a full stop due to imperfect patches for a trio of chip security vulnerabilities known as Meltdown and Spectre.
In separate cases, two hackers have either pleaded guilty or been sentenced to serve jail time in part for launching or facilitating DDoS attacks. One defendant, John Kelsey Gammell, was unmasked after taunting a former employer over the "ongoing IT issues" his DDoS attacks were causing.
A ransomware attack on electronic health records vendor Allscripts late last week is a reminder of the potential disruption to patient care delivery healthcare entities can face if a cloud-services provider suffers a cyberattack. It also points to the need for business continuity planning.
The operators of the Necurs botnet continue to target victims with phishing campaigns designed to infect them with banking malware, ransomware and cryptocurrency fever, as well as to generate profits via dating website referrals.