A small group of cybercriminals are responsible for the most damaging cyberattacks–often with the help of state sponsorship. Still, low-level criminal activity on the dark web still poses the most widespread and immediate security threat, with cryptocurrency mining, ransomware and malware all on the rise, a recent report has found.
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The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has a new strategy to steer its cybersecurity efforts to meet what it recognizes as a growing threat to U.S. national security and critical infrastructure days after the White House eliminated its Cybersecurity Coordinator position.
In light of increased and more sophisticated threats in the cybersecurity landscape, tech giants have vowed to get more serious about protecting their customers by working together through a new Cybersecurity Tech Accord. Thirty-four companies—including Microsoft, Oracle, HP, Facebook, Cisco, Nokia TrendMicro and others—have signed on to the accord, which was unveiled Tuesday at the RSA Conference taking place in San Francisco this week. Those signing on said it’s the largest-ever group to agree to band together in the fight against malicious attacks from cybercriminals and nation-states. Speaking at the conference at the unveiling of the accord, Microsoft’s President and Chief Legal Officer Brad Smith told attendees that the recent WannaCry and NotPetya malware attacks were a sign that cybersecurity events were taking a turn for the worse. “We need to get the governments of the world to stop targeting tech companies, stop targeting the electrical grid, the private sector, hospitals,” […]
China is attempting to cover up inexplicable delays in public reporting of high-risk software security holes by changing the dates of vulnerability-publication to its national vulnerability database so they match those in the U.S. database, according to new research by Recorded Future.
How common are crippling denial of service attacks aimed at Western banks? Here’s one sign: Wednesday is unofficially “DDoS day” at Citi, according to a Senior Vice President for Information Security at the financial services powerhouse. Speaking on Wednesday at an event hosted by Perdue University, Mamani Older told an audience at CERIAS 2013 that massive distributed denial of service – or DDoS – attacks have become “business as usual” for Citi, and that those launching the attacks have fallen into a predictable schedule of attacks. Hump day, she said, is Citi’s turn to fend off a torrent of Internet traffic designed to interrupt the bank’s operations and sever its connections to its customers, she said. “We should be getting hit right now,” she said. Older was speaking on a panel on the topic of “security metrics” and “security analysis.” The panel was part of CERIAS 13, an annual information security symposium […]