CyberSecurity

By shornik | A collection of stories related to technology vulnerabilities, exploits and preventive controls by Dr. Steven Hornik as curated by University of Central Florida Advanced Accounting Information System graduate students.

The human cost of cyber attacks

As governments, corporations, and hospitals around the world struggle to get back up and running after a string of recent ransomware attacks, …

Cybersecurity

Hackers Have Been Targeting U.S. Nukes - MIT Technology Review

A series of cyberattacks has been leveled at the computer networks of American nuclear power plants.<p>The <i>New York Times</i> reveals that the Department of …

Cybersecurity

Hackers have been breaking into U.S. power plant networks, including a nuclear facility, since May

Someone is creeping around the digital infrastructure of United States power plants, including a nuclear facility.<p>Hackers have been breaking into the administrative computer networks of U.S. plant operators since May, using tactics associated with a well-known Russian group, according to <i>The New</i> …

Cybersecurity

Yahoo’s failures led to billion-account breach, experts say

SUNNYVALE — In the wake of a revelation from Yahoo that it had discovered another massive data breach, cybersecurity experts are condemning the …

Security

The Target breach, two years later

With the annual orgy of holiday shopping officially kicking off this week, has anything really changed since the breach that rocked retail?<p>Although …

Cybersecurity

How the Bitfinex Heist Could Have Been Avoided

bitcoin vaults security August 03, 2016 at 07:20 AM Emin Gün Sirer<p>Bitfinex, one of the largest Bitcoin exchanges, was hacked, leading to the loss of …

Bitcoin

Lessons From the Dyn DDoS Attack

A week ago Friday, someone took down numerous popular websites in a massive distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attack against the domain name …

Cybersecurity

Hackers behind global cyberattack emerge from Dark Web, demand victims pay up

After cyber researchers discounted money as a motive, the hackers ask for ransom following attack that crippled Ukraine and others.<p>The hackers behind …

Cybersecurity

CopyCat Malware Infects 14 Million Android Devices

A new malware strain is discovered with a novel approach to infecting Android handheld devices with adware.<p>Millions of Android devices have been hit …

Information Security

API flaws said to have left Symantec SSL certificates vulnerable to compromise

Over the weekend, Chris Byrne, an information security consultant and instructor for Cloud Harmonics, published a post to Facebook outlining a …

Information Security

Cloudbleed bug: Everything you need to know

The internet has a new security bug called Cloudbleed and it's pretty bad. We explain what it is, how it affects you and what you can do.<p>Cloudbleed is the latest internet bug that puts users private information in jeopardy. News of the bug broke late on Thursday, but there is already a lot of …

Hacking Attack Has Security Experts Scrambling to Contain Fallout

Governments, companies and security experts from China to Britain raced on Saturday to contain the fallout from an audacious global cyberattack amid fears that if they did not succeed, companies would lose their data unless they met ransom demands.<p>The global efforts came less than a day after …

Security

This Strange New Ransomware Isn't Really After Your Money

NotPetya. ExPetr. PetrWrap. The cataclysmic ransomware technology that infected computers across the world has been called many names. It is one of the most sophisticated malware attacks in recent history, and yet one with a seemingly unforgivable flaw. The ransomware, which infected thousands of …

Cybersecurity

Beware this Android banking malware posing as a software update

Latest version of the mobile malware can steal login credentials from at least 40 banking, retail and social media apps.<p>A sophisticated banking …

Banking

What is Broadpwn? Google fixes bug that allows millions of Android phones to be remotely hacked

Broadpwn is linked to a flaw in Broadcom WiFi chips and also affects iOS devices.<p>Millions of Android phones are at risk of being remotely hacked due …

Information Security

FriendFinder Networks data breach exposes over 400 million adult site accounts

The breach reportedly occurred in October and included user credentials from six adult-oriented websites.<p>Adult dating and entertainment company …

Security

Your anti-virus software is not enough

As cyber-security gets more complicated, you should be taking more steps to protect yourself.<p>There was a time when anti-virus software was the height of computer security, especially if you were a Windows user. But the landscape of threats has changed, and we live in an era of sweeping, global …

Anti-Virus Software

This Is The Hacker Allegedly Behind The LinkedIn and MySpace Megabreaches

Who is Tessa88, the other hacker who’s spreading and selling hacked passwords stolen from your social networks?<p>In the last few weeks, more than half a billion passwords stolen from some of the biggest social media websites in the world have been traded and sold in the internet's underground.<p>The …

Security

Bits before bombs: How Stuxnet crippled Iran’s nuclear dreams

The future of warfare may have just begun, but rather than being heralded by an explosion, it began without a sound or a single casualty.<p>It is the …

Iran

Target Missed Warnings in Epic Hack of Credit Card Data - Bloomberg

The biggest retail hack in U.S. history wasn’t particularly inventive, nor did it appear destined for success. In the days prior to Thanksgiving …

How We Can Prevent Another Anthem Breach

Two things could have mitigated the damage and maybe even prevented any loss at all: behavioral analysis and context-aware access control.<p>Another …

Cybersecurity

The only way to stop another WannaCry is with regulations

It's been one week since the newest (and therefore scariest) cyberattack, which caused pandemonium across Ukraine and Russia before spreading to other countries. But that came only a few weeks after the WannaCry ransomware targeted Windows XP machines worldwide, which infamously held data from the …

Cybersecurity

The Story Behind The Stuxnet Virus

Computer security experts are often surprised at which stories get picked up by the mainstream media. Sometimes it makes no sense. Why this particular data breach, vulnerability, or worm and not others? Sometimes it’s obvious. In the case of Stuxnet, there’s a great story.<p>As the story goes, the …

Bruce Schneier

How Russian hackers used Britney Spears' Instagram to communicate

Last year, Instagram reached a whopping 500 million accounts, with these half billion users posting 95 million photos a day. Beyond that are an …

Orlando

Password manager OneLogin hit by data breach

<b>Encrypted information has been accessed during a data breach at the password management service, OneLogin.</b><p>It affects "all customers served by our US data centre" and perpetrators had "the ability to decrypt encrypted data", according to The Register.<p>Those affected have been advised to visit a …

Security

43 million passwords hacked in Last.fm breach

Crikey: 43,570,999 user accounts were breached in a hack of Last.fm that occurred in March of 2012, according to a report from LeakedSource. Three months after the breach, in June of 2012, Last.fm issued the following statement:<p>“We are currently investigating the leak of some Last.fm user …

Spotify Hacked? Thousands Of Accounts’ Login Credentials Released By The Leak Boat | International Business Times

<b>UPDATE: Monday, May 25 —</b> In a statement to International Business Times regarding the alleged release of Spotify user account information by Leak …