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.

SEC reveals it was hacked, information may have been used for illegal stock trades

The Securities and Exchange Commission, the country’s top Wall Street regulator, announced Wednesday that hackers breached its system for storing documents filed by publicly traded companies last year, potentially accessing data that allowed the intruders to make an illegal profit.<p>The agency …

Security

Credit firm Equifax says 143m Americans' social security numbers exposed in hack

Atlanta-based company says ‘criminals’ accessed data including names, birth dates, and credit card numbers between May and June<p>Credit monitoring company Equifax says a breach exposed social security numbers and other data from about 143 million Americans.<p>The Atlanta-based company said Thursday that …

Identity Theft

Ayuda! (Help!) Equifax Has My Data! — Krebs on Security

<b>Equifax</b> last week disclosed a historic breach involving Social Security numbers and other sensitive data on as many as 143 million Americans. The …

Security

Tesla's remote upgrades to their vehicles during Hurricane Irma is the future of tech

We haven’t seen entire new hardware functions being made available through software upgrades — that’s going to change.<p><i>A version of this essay was originally published at</i> <i>Tech.pinions</i><i>, a website dedicated to informed opinions, insight and perspective on the tech industry.</i><p>One of the most appealing …

Innovation

Equifax Suffered a Hack Almost Five Months Earlier Than the Date It Disclosed

Equifax Inc. learned about a major breach of its computer systems in March -- almost five months before the date it has publicly disclosed, according …

Security

Would you entrust your home security to August’s new smart lock?

August unveils two new locks and a doorbell camera to outsource security to your smartphone<p>I’m a bit torn about smart locks. On one hand, I never …

Home Automation

Scourge of Outdated Software Creates Massive Cyber Risk

Problems with patches, software updates are still a mainstay of corporate technology<p>The massive cyber breach at Equifax Inc. illustrates how data thefts often stem from the failure to keep software up to date, an essential element of security that experts say can confound enterprise technology …

Cybersecurity

Apple's Face ID isn't flawless — technology can and will be hacked, cybersecurity expert says

Facial recognition technology, such as in Apple's new high-end iPhone X, is more secure than other authentication systems but it isn't perfect, a …

Cybersecurity

C-Level Execs and Ex-Employees Pose Greatest Cybersecurity Risk

Hackerpocalypse. That is the term used by Cybersecurity Ventures to describe the onslaught of cyber-crime that cost $3 trillion globally in 2015 and …

Cybersecurity

This cyber security expert predicts a top global bank will suffer an Equifax scale hack

A leading global bank will suffer a hack of the size and severity experienced by Equifax at some point, the founder of the most highly valued …

Cybersecurity

Fitbit devices can be hacked, research shows

Popular Fitbit devices are vulnerable to hackers, according to a new study that reveals how personal information can be stolen from the fitness bands.<p>Computer researchers at the University of Edinburgh intercepted messages from the Fitbit One and Fitbit Flex wristbands, which calculate activity …

Wearable Tech

Avril Lavigne rated 'most dangerous celebrity' online

<b>(CNN) —</b> Avril Lavigne is now the most dangerous celebrity to search for online, according to the cybersecurity company McAfee.<p>The singer-songwriter topped McAfee's Most Dangerous Celebrities study this year.<p>The report "reveals which celebrities generate the riskiest search results that could …

Cybersecurity

Poor passwords still putting UK firms at risk

Britons are still failing to protect online accounts from hackers with complex passwords, creating what could be a costly vulnerability for business, …

Cybersecurity

The Equifax Breach and 5 Years of Missed Warning Signs

Reports that Equifax’s chief information officer along with their chief security officer were retiring should alleviate few concerns and not divert scrutiny from the company’s risk governance standards. While this is not the largest data breach in history, it is quite possibly the most damaging. …

Cybersecurity

7 Cybersecurity Questions Every Leader Should Ask After The Equifax Breach

I recently interviewed the former CIO for the White House (under the Bush administration), Theresa Payton, about why marketers must start engaging in cybersecurity before crises like the recent Equifax cybersecurity incident emerge. As the current CEO of Fortalice Solutions, a cybersecurity and …

Cybersecurity

What Are The Biggest Challenges Facing The Cybersecurity Industry?

Shutterstock<p><i>What are the biggest challenges facing the cyber security industry in 2017? originally appeared on Quora:</i> <i>the place to gain and share knowledge, empowering people to learn from others and better understand the world</i>.<p><b>Answer by Michael Armistead, Co-Founder & CEO, Respond Software, on</b> …

Cybersecurity

Equifax was hit by another data breach in March

As it faces an increasing number of lawsuits over the data breach that impacted 143 million consumers, it seems the problems are mounting for …

Security

Software Has a Serious Supply-Chain Security Problem

The warnings consumers hear from information security pros tend to focus on trust: Don't click web links or attachments from an untrusted sender. …

Information Security

Cyberattacks? There's Insurance for That.

As the threat from hackers grows, businesses are hoping that cyberinsurance will provide a new line of defense.<p>Once largely limited to technology firms, cyberinsurance has emerged as the fastest-growing type of coverage among U.S. companies. The policies are designed to cover financial losses from …

Cybersecurity

Equifax's information, security heads to retire immediately: CNBC, citing DJ

(Reuters) - Credit score company Equifax Inc's chief information officer and chief security officer will retire effective immediately, CNBC said on Friday, citing Dow Jones.<p>Equifax, which reported a massive data breach last week, did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

Equifax

Hackers Hid Backdoor In CCleaner Security App With 2 Billion Downloads -- 2.3 Million Infected

Users of Avast-owned security application CCleaner for Windows have been advised to update their software immediately, after researchers discovered criminal hackers had installed a backdoor in the tool. The tainted application allows for download of further malware, be it ransomware or keyloggers, …

Information Security

Breaking Down HBO’s Brutal Month of Hacks

They say April is the cruelest month, but HBO may beg to differ. The company kicked off August with an apparently massive breach of its servers, in …

China Focus: China moves to ensure cyberspace security - Xinhua

BEIJING, Sept. 18 (Xinhua) -- A new anti-telecom fraud app can identify phone numbers used for fraud and filter out phishing websites.<p>The app, …

Cybersecurity

A Better Way to Teach Cybersecurity to Workers

Companies are training employees with carrots, not sticks<p>By<p>Jeff Stone and<p>Jeff Stone<p>The Wall Street Journal<p>Biography<p>@JeffStone500<p>Adam Janofsky<p>Adam Janofsky<p>The Wall Street Journal<p>Biography<p>@AdamJanofsky<p>Google+<p>adam.janofsky@wsj.com<p>Companies are starting to take a new approach to getting employees to be …

Cybersecurity

What retirees should do in wake of Equifax data breach - MarketWatch

Millions of people, roughly 143 million Americans, were affected by the Equifax EFX, +1.03% data breach.<p>And some of those millions were retirees. The …

Identity Theft

Florida surgery center reports 33k patients impacted in ransomware attack

August 26, 2017 | Print | Email<p>Fort Myers, Fla.-based St. Mark's Surgical Center experienced a ransomware attack between April 13 and April 17.<p>Upon …

No nuclear weapon is safe from cyberattacks

There hasn’t been a cyberattack on a nuclear weapons system yet, but it’s becoming much more difficult to guarantee their safety<p>In late 2010, 50 …

North Korea

China detains man for service to evade internet firewall

BEIJING (AP) — Chinese authorities have detained a software developer for selling computer services that allow internet users to evade China's "Great Firewall," which blocks access to thousands of websites.<p>The Global Times newspaper, citing the official Xinhua news agency, says the software …

China