The FBI has arrested the CEO of the Canadian smartphone service Phantom Secure on charges that he and four other suspects ran an encrypted telecommunications service used by more than 20,000 customers to facilitate illegal activities, including international shipments of cocaine and other drugs.
Leading the latest edition of the ISMG Security Report: President Trump has not authorized the National Security Agency to go after Russian election hackers at the source. Also, 23,000 digital certificates get revoked after their private keys get leaked, and an analysis of deception technologies.
Digital certificate vendor Trustico is sparring with DigiCert, which recently took over Symantec's digital certificate business, over a serious security incident. The private keys for at least 23,000 Trustico digital certificates have been compromised, prompting a scramble to protect affected websites.
An analysis of a massive 8.8 GB trove of files containing usernames and plaintext passwords suggests hundreds of services may have experienced unreported or undiscovered data breaches. Data breach expert Troy Hunt says the trove of 80 million records appears to contain fresh data.
Certificate authorities continue to be tricked into issuing bogus TLS certificates. A study by Recorded Future found that at least three underground vendors can supply fraudulent TLS certificates, which pose serious risks to data security and privacy.
Google is prepping its Chrome browser to brand as "not secure" every site a user tries to visit that does not use HTTPS encryption by default. The move is meant to push more sites to use HTTPS to secure communications and help block eavesdropping and man-in-the-middle attacks.
An analysis of FBI Director Christopher Wray's comments about how encryption poses complications for law enforcement officials leads the latest edition of the ISMG Security Report. Also featured: The former CISO of the state of Michigan sizes up cybersecurity forecasts.
Following the alert over Meltdown and Spectre vulnerabilities, the U.K. Information Commissioner's Office is warning that failures to patch today could be punished with fines under GDPR once enforcement of the data protection law begins later this year.
FBI Director Christopher Wray says the agency was unable to access nearly 7,800 devices in fiscal 2017 because of encryption, which he alleges will pose ever-increasing complications for law enforcement. The FBI doesn't want a backdoor, he says, but rather a "responsible" solution to allow lawful access.
Apparel retailer Forever 21 says point-of-sale systems in some stores were infected by malware for up to seven months, leading to the theft of customers' payment card data. The retailer says deactivated encryption technology on some POS devices exacerbated the severity of its breach.
A recently published 2017 survey of over 400 security professionals in the U.S., U.K. and Germany measured how well their organizations implemented security controls for SSH keys. The results show that most organizations are underprepared to protect against SSH-based attacks, with fewer than half following industry...
The steady stream of new reports about years-old breaches continues as Imgur, the popular photo-sharing service, belatedly warns that it suffered a breach in 2014 that compromised 1.7 million users' accounts.
Since last year, North Korean hackers have been targeting businesses in the financial services, aerospace and telecommunications sectors by exploiting a remote administration tool, or RAT, according to an alert issued Tuesday by the United States Computer Emergency Response Team.
The FBI is still working to unlock the mobile phone of Devin P. Kelley after he shot and killed 26 people in a church in a rural Texas town. The revelation seems certain to revive the contentious debate over the use of strong encryption to protect consumers and their devices.
Researchers have discovered how to speed up an attack disclosed last month that recovers secret RSA encryption keys generated by faulty Infineon software in TPM chips. Estonia has blocked and plans to replace weak security certificates on 750,000 of its smart ID cards used for healthcare and e-voting.