Police in Britain have arrested a 21-year-old man on suspicion of "hacking offenses" related to the breach of Hong Kong toymaker VTech. Separately, the CEO of hacked London telco TalkTalk testified about her organization's security before Parliament.
A security researcher warns he was able to find online "sensitive account details" for 13 million users of MacKeeper. The software was the focus of a recently settled class-action lawsuit - alleging deceptive advertising and false claims.
Security experts are warning that Internet-connected devices - including toys - should be treated as insecure and untrusted until proven otherwise. Have our collective information security shortcomings ever been more seasonally appropriate - or scarier?
New details emerging about a breach involving a former Morgan Stanley employee illustrate how a case of inappropriate access to data can blossom into something much more serious. The case shines a spotlight on the urgent need to mitigate insider threats.
A former member of the NullCrew hacking group has pleaded guilty to participating in attacks against several organizations, including Bell Canada, Comcast and the U.K.'s Ministry of Defense, which the gang claimed to have exploited via SQL injection flaws.
Turns out electronic learning products can be bad for children's privacy - and for their parents too. The VTech breach highlights how, despite repeated warnings, too many manufacturers continue to not take security seriously.
Top American and Chinese government officials, meeting this week in Washington, agreed to create a common understanding on cyberthreats and how to respond to them, but the two sides offered different characterizations of the tone of the dialogue.
The breach of Hong Kong toymaker VTech highlights security experts' growing concern over manufacturers selling devices - for enterprises, medical purposes, schools as well as homes and now toy boxes - that don't appear to be secure by design.
The Chinese government concedes the attack on U.S. Office of Personnel Management computers emanated from China, but it contends the culprits were criminals, not individuals working for the Chinese government or military. Some experts in the United States aren't buying the Chinese government's explanation.
The security of Internet-connected toys is in the limelight after toymaker VTech acknowledged suffering a data breach that affects 5 million accounts and personal information and photographs relating to more than 200,000 children.
While cyberattacks will continue to menace healthcare and other business sectors next year, organizations can't afford to overlook addressing risks tied to insiders, who are responsible for most data breaches, says Michael Bruemmer of Experian Data Breach Resolution.
Ireland's Cyber Crime Conference in Dublin drew a capacity crowd for a full day of security briefings, networking, hotly contested capture-the-flag and secure-coding challenges, as well as a chance to sharpen one's lock-picking skills.
TalkTalk's confusion in the wake of its recent data breach, as well as mangling of technical details and failure to encrypt customer data, demonstrate the importance of having an incident-response plan ready in advance of any breach, experts say.
The FBI is pursuing a suspected Russian hacker who reportedly amassed a trove of 1.2 billion stolen online credentials, plus payment card data and Social Security numbers, and who's offered access to hacked Facebook and Twitter accounts.
The surge in data breaches has left millions of consumer records compromised. As a result, fraudsters have all they need to open bogus accounts, which cost banks huge losses linked to what Greg Shelton of LexisNexis Risk Solutions calls "sleeper fraud."