This edition of the ISMG Security Report leads with news that several senior White House staffers had been using a private email server. Also, fueled by worries over Russian hacking, the Australian government plans to educate political parties on improving cybersecurity.
Four years after a messy legal battle sparked by Edward Snowden using its service, the secure email provider Lavabit is back with a new platform designed to provide better privacy protection - users can select from "trustful," "cautious" or "paranoid" modes - by encrypting both email content and metadata.
Hackers have apparently hijacked potentially thousands of vulnerable MongoDB databases and demanded ransoms for the return of critical data, with some victims paying up, according to security researchers.
The Obama administration has failed to reach agreement with 40 other nations on easing restrictions on exports of certain intrusion software, sometimes called "spyware," that could be exploited by repressive regimes - but also could be used to help secure computer systems.
Cyberattacks waged by organized crime groups are simultaneously targeting a wider array of industries worldwide, which is why cross-industry threat information sharing is more critical than ever, says Brian Engle, executive director of the Retail Cyber Intelligence Sharing Center.
Just two years after its launch, Soltra Edge, the automated threat-intelligence sharing platform designed by the Financial Services Information Sharing and Analysis Center and The Depository Trust and Clearing Corp., is being taken off the market. Experts weigh in on the reasons behind the surprising decision.
The success of Operation SAMBRE, a global cybercrime investigation into the theft of billions of dollars from banks throughout the world, proves why information sharing between law enforcement and the private sector is key to battling cybercrime.
A group that hacked the Democratic National Committee - believed to be operating from Russia - has resumed its spear-phishing attacks, including fake emails bearing the names of Harvard University and the Clinton Foundation.
I'm looking forward to this week in London, where Jason Tunn of the Metropolitan Police Service will walk us through a high-profile cybercrime investigation that resulted in the 2015 arrest of two British hackers with links to Russia after they attacked leading U.K. banks with the Dridex banking Trojan.
Yahoo is appealing to the U.S. director of national intelligence to declassify an order that allegedly required the company to install secret spying software that scanned incoming email accounts for specific content.
Yahoo, now negotiating its sale to Verizon, has posted an increase in quarterly profits and page views, bolstering its case that its massive data breach didn't irrevocably damage its value. But with ad revenues in decline, time is running out.
The latest edition of the ISMG Security Report leads off with an analysis of the PCI Security Standards Council's new requirements that are designed to help thwart attempts to defeat encryption in point-of-sale devices.
Security expert Sean Sullivan isn't surprised that the massive 2014 breach of Yahoo, which exposed at least 500 million account details, only recently came to light. Here's why, as well as what users must learn from this breach.