Cyber Security News

We have a collection of recent cyber security news articles from around the planet. We have attempted to create a one stop place which you can use by aggregating feeds from what we consider the top sources of cyber security related news. Browse through these articles and  you can quickly see how prevalent the cyber security problem has become.

 

  • Microsoft releases emergency Windows update to hamstring earlier ‘Spectre’ defense
    Microsoft on Saturday issued an out-of-band Windows security update that disabled a patch the company released earlier this month to protect personal computers from possible attacks leveraging one of the "Spectre" vulnerabilities.The weekend release was Microsoft's response to an announcement seven days ago by Intel, which told customers of all ... Read more
    Source: Computerworld Cybercrime and HackingPublished on 2018-01-29
  • KBNew: Look behind the scenes at Microsoft’s changing KB articles
    If you’ve been playing the cat-and-mouse Microsoft patching game for a while, you know that Microsoft changes its Knowledge Base articles from time to time, without warning and at times without documentation. Now there’s a resource for those who need to know who moved their cheese — and when.Several times ... Read more
    Source: Computerworld Cybercrime and HackingPublished on 2018-01-29
  • File Your Taxes Before Scammers Do It For You
    Today, Jan. 29, is officially the first day of the 2018 tax-filing season, also known as the day fraudsters start requesting phony tax refunds in the names of identity theft victims. Want to minimize the chances of getting hit by tax refund fraud this year? File your taxes before the ... Read more
    Source: Krebs on SecurityPublished on 2018-01-29
  • Windows surprise patch KB 4078130: The hard way to disable Spectre 2
    As we crawl deeper down the Meltdown/Spectre bunny hole, Microsoft released on Friday night a weird, download-only patch that disables the “fix” that’s supposed to protect you against one of the Spectre variants. It’s the same patch, that works the same way, on every version of Windows, from Win7 to ... Read more
    Source: Computerworld Cybercrime and HackingPublished on 2018-01-29
  • Ready for the EU’s GDPR compliance deadline? Many companies aren’t | Salted Hash Ep 16
    CSO senior editor Michael Nadeau joins host Steve Ragan to talk about predictions for 2018, including the looming GDPR compliance deadline. ... Read more
    Source: Computerworld Cybercrime and HackingPublished on 2018-01-29
  • First ‘Jackpotting’ Attacks Hit U.S. ATMs
    ATM “jackpotting” — a sophisticated crime in which thieves install malicious software and/or hardware at ATMs that forces the machines to spit out huge volumes of cash on demand — has long been a threat for banks in Europe and Asia, yet these attacks somehow have eluded U.S. ATM operators. ... Read more
    Source: Krebs on SecurityPublished on 2018-01-27
  • Registered at SSA.GOV? Good for You, But Keep Your Guard Up
    KrebsOnSecurity has long warned readers to plant your own flag at the my Social Security online portal of the U.S. Social Security Administration (SSA) — even if you are not yet drawing benefits from the agency — because identity thieves have been registering accounts in peoples’ names and siphoning retirement ... Read more
    Source: Krebs on SecurityPublished on 2018-01-26
  • Tech Talk: What’s trending for 2018?
    When it comes to tech trends we're likely to see in 2018, nothing would likely be more welcome than the end of passwords. With companies looking for ever better ways to protect data, it seems clear that "password123" has no indefinite future. (Nor does you pet's name, if that's what ... Read more
    Source: Computerworld Cybercrime and HackingPublished on 2018-01-26
  • Tech Talk: IT trends for 2018 – passwords on the way out, blockchain evolves
    Our tech panel envisions the end of passwords, looks at how blockchain is evolving, details why 'serverless' computing is a boon to devs and wonders why Apple's HomePod seems late to the game. ... Read more
    Source: Computerworld Cybercrime and HackingPublished on 2018-01-26
  • Tech Talk: The beginning of the end of the password in 2018
    Hackers can crack them, and users are careless with them. Passwords have long been problematic, but they are getting renewed attention after a series of major breaches. Our panelists look at the coming technology to help with password security. ... Read more
    Source: Computerworld Cybercrime and HackingPublished on 2018-01-25
  • Tech Talk ep 5 pt 1: The beginning of the end of the password in 2018
    Source: Computerworld Cybercrime and HackingPublished on 2018-01-25
  • Microsoft Patch Alert: Lots of lingering problems in a very messy month
    On the heels of a relatively benevolent December Patch Tuesday, the stream of patches pouring out of Microsoft (and Intel!) in January reached epic proportions. To be fair, it looks as if Microsoft got drawn into releasing its Meltdown/Spectre barrage early – on Jan. 3 – but they were so ... Read more
    Source: Computerworld Cybercrime and HackingPublished on 2018-01-25
  • WD turns to single app portal to create ‘mobile moments’ for workers
    Over the past year and a half, storage hardware maker Western Digital (WD) has been in the throes of a massive integration of three companies onto a single application portal.After acquiring two multi-billion dollar competitors in the past five years – HGST and SanDisk – WD chose to create a new, single ... Read more
    Source: Computerworld Cybercrime and HackingPublished on 2018-01-25
  • Throwback Thursday: Oops!
    This company has just completed its project to build a dedicated secure server room -- and it's really something, reports an IT pilot fish who's getting the grand-opening tour."The construction was led by the building maintenance manager and an IT manager," fish says. "We were shown the raised floor in ... Read more
    Source: Computerworld Cybercrime and HackingPublished on 2018-01-25
  • Chronicle: A Meteor Aimed At Planet Threat Intel?
    Alphabet Inc., the parent company of Google, said today it is in the process of rolling out a new service designed to help companies more quickly make sense of and act on the mountains of threat data produced each day by cybersecurity tools. Countless organizations rely on a hodgepodge of ... Read more
    Source: Krebs on SecurityPublished on 2018-01-24
  • Expert: IoT Botnets the Work of a ‘Vast Minority’
    In December 2017, the U.S. Department of Justice announced indictments and guilty pleas by three men in the United States responsible for creating and using Mirai, a malware strain that enslaves poorly-secured “Internet of Things” or IoT devices like security cameras and digital video recorders for use in large-scale cyberattacks. ... Read more
    Source: Krebs on SecurityPublished on 2018-01-24
  • Mingis on Tech: 2018 and the Blockchain bubble
    If 2017 was the year blockchain swept the tech industry with the potential to disrupt a variety of verticals -- FinTech, healthcare and shipping – 2018 is already shaping up to be the breakout year for the distributed ledger technology.Case in point: Maersk and IBM announced earlier this month that ... Read more
    Source: Computerworld Cybercrime and HackingPublished on 2018-01-23
  • Mingis on Tech: 2018 – the year blockchain breaks out
    Blockchain continues to evolve and grow, as more companies test it out. It's now seen as the heart of a new global shipping platform that could save companies billions of dollars and as the underpinning for a P2P cloud storage endeavor. ... Read more
    Source: Computerworld Cybercrime and HackingPublished on 2018-01-23
  • Get 29% Off This 6-Sheet Micro-Cut Paper and Credit Card Shredder
    This powerful micro-cut shredder from AmazonBasics turns a letter-sized sheet into 2,235 pieces of confetti, up to 6 sheets at a time (5/32 by 15/32 inches; security level P-4). Inserted one at a time, it also destroys credit cards, rendering them completely unusable. It features a generous 4.1-gallon waste bin ... Read more
    Source: Computerworld Cybercrime and HackingPublished on 2018-01-22
  • FAQ: Windows 10 LTSB explained
    Windows 10 will power to its third anniversary this summer, but one branch, identified by the initials L-T-S-B, remains an enigma to most corporate users.LTSB, which stands for "Long-term Servicing Branch," was among the pillars of Windows 10 in the months leading up to, and for months after, the mid-2015 ... Read more
    Source: Computerworld Cybercrime and HackingPublished on 2018-01-22
  • The people you call when you’ve had a breach | Salted Hash Ep 15
    Rob Lee, faculty fellow at the SANS Technology Institute, talks with host Steve Ragan about his group's work to help companies out of sticky situations, plus the state of the security industry and predictions for 2018. ... Read more
    Source: Computerworld Cybercrime and HackingPublished on 2018-01-22
  • Patching meltdown: Windows fixes, sloppy .NET, warnings about Word and Outlook
    On the heels of the Jan. 17 release of 14 Windows and .NET patches, we now have a huge crop of new patches, revised older patches, warnings about bugs, and a bewildered ecosystem of Microsoft customers who can’t figure out what in the blue blazes is going on.Let’s step through ... Read more
    Source: Computerworld Cybercrime and HackingPublished on 2018-01-19
  • What is blockchain? The most disruptive tech in decades
    Blockchain is poised to change IT in much the same way open-source software did a quarter of a century ago. And in the same way that Linux took more than a decade to become a cornerstone in modern application development, Blockchain will take years to become a lower cost, more ... Read more
    Source: Computerworld Cybercrime and HackingPublished on 2018-01-18
  • Mozilla mandates that new Firefox features rely on encrypted connections
    Mozilla this week decreed that future web-facing features of Firefox must meet an under-development standard that requires all browser-to-server-and-back traffic be encrypted."Effective immediately, all new features that are web-exposed are to be restricted to secure contexts," wrote Mozilla engineer Anne van Kesteren in a post to a company blog. "A ... Read more
    Source: Computerworld Cybercrime and HackingPublished on 2018-01-18
  • More Windows patches, primarily previews, point to escalating problems this month
    Never give a sucker an even break. Yesterday, on a very out-of-band Wednesday, Microsoft released preview patches for Windows 8.1 (but not 7!), Server 2012, and Windows 10 1709 (for bricked AMD machines only), with preview cumulative updates for Win10 1703 and 1607. There are also nine different .NET preview ... Read more
    Source: Computerworld Cybercrime and HackingPublished on 2018-01-18
  • Throwback Thursday: What are the odds?
    Internet filter is installed at this site, and in the beginning, there are complaints from users who can't get to their favorite non-business sites, says an IT pilot fish working there.But after six months and lots of explanations to users, the complaints have stopped. "Then one Saturday evening, a user ... Read more
    Source: Computerworld Cybercrime and HackingPublished on 2018-01-18
  • Some Basic Rules for Securing Your IoT Stuff
    Most readers here have likely heard or read various prognostications about the impending doom from the proliferation of poorly-secured “Internet of Things” or IoT devices. Loosely defined as any gadget or gizmo that connects to the Internet but which most consumers probably wouldn’t begin to know how to secure, IoT ... Read more
    Source: Krebs on SecurityPublished on 2018-01-17
  • InSpectre: See whether your PC’s protected from Meltdown and Spectre
    If you’re wondering whether your computer is susceptible to the latest bête noir, Meltdown and Spectre, you can take the official Microsoft patch and, after a suitable amount of technical drudgery, come away with a result that doesn’t answer much. Or you can try Steve Gibson’s new InSpectre and – ... Read more
    Source: Computerworld Cybercrime and HackingPublished on 2018-01-16
  • Microsoft’s mystifying Meltdown/Spectre patches for AMD processors
    I’ve seen a lot of bizarre Microsoft patches-of-patches, but the new patches for AMD processors are in a world of their own. The security-only, manually downloadable patches appear to be Meltdown/Spectre patches for machines that were bricked by other bad patches, earlier this month, but they’ve arrived with no instructions ... Read more
    Source: Computerworld Cybercrime and HackingPublished on 2018-01-16
  • How to make sure Windows gets the right patches coming to it
    The Windows emergency security updates issued by Microsoft earlier this month came with an unprecedented prerequisite - a new key stored in the operating system's registry - that antivirus vendors were told to generate after they'd guaranteed their code wouldn't trigger dreaded Blue Screens of Death (BSoD) when users apply ... Read more
    Source: Computerworld Cybercrime and HackingPublished on 2018-01-16