Disconnecting systems from the Internet via an "air gap" is supposed to make the data they store harder to steal. But at Black Hat Europe, cryptographer Adi Shamir demonstrated how a laser and drone can be used to bypass air gaps.
Security experts urge organizations to disable support for SSL on clients and servers because of flaws in the cryptographic protocol that could be used to impersonate website users and decrypt HTTPS traffic.
Knowing how to manipulate a hacker's cultural values could help thwart - or at least slow down - cyber-attacks, says Garet Moravec, a cybersecurity expert who'll speak at ISMG's Global APT Defense Summit on Oct. 22.
Amsterdam is again playing host to the annual Black Hat Europe information security gathering, and presenters have promised to cover everything from privacy flaws in wearable computers to two-factor authentication system failures.
Exploiting a vulnerability in Microsoft Office, a group of hackers believed to be Russians breached computers operated by the Ukrainian government during September's NATO summit, according to iSight Partners.
Malware known as "Mayhem" that targets Unix and Linux systems has been updated to exploit Shellshock flaws, security experts warn. But with few Unix-flavor systems running anti-virus software, how can it be stopped?
Citigroup, E*Trade, Regions Financial, Fidelity Investments, HSBC, Bank of the West and ADP are now believed to have been probed by the same hackers that targeted Chase, according to news reports. But so far, none of those firms believes data was compromised.
Nearly two weeks since news of Shellshock broke, attacks that are taking advantage of the Bash vulnerabilities are grabbing headlines. But Michael Smith of Akamai warns that the battle against hackers capitalizing on Shellshock could go on for years.
Yahoo confirms Shellshock-targeting attackers hacked into three of its servers, but claims they didn't exploit Bash flaws. Meanwhile, Lycos denies it's been breached and WinZip isn't responding directly to a report that it was hacked.
The hackers who breached JPMorgan Chase also infiltrated about nine other financial institutions, and may be operating from Russia, according to one news report. But security experts caution against jumping to conclusions over attackers' identities or motives.
JPMorgan Chase has confirmed that 76 million households and 7 million small businesses were impacted by a breach that reportedly began in June and was not detected until late July. One fraud expert calls the breach "a national crisis."