Opportunistic attackers may have breached some Parliament email accounts by brute-force guessing their way into accounts with weak passwords. But such a breach is hardly the "cyberattack" some are making it out to be.
Infosecurity Europe 2017 in London drew an estimated 18,000 attendees. Here are 13 visual highlights from the annual information security conference, ranging from tchotchkes and keynotes to 19th century architecture and live hacks of internet-connected devices.
The annual Infosecurity Europe conference returns to London this week, offering discussions of the latest information security practices, procedures and technologies as well as deep-dives into privacy, cybercrime, policing, surveillance, GDPR and more.
Two researchers who launched a crowdsourced effort to subscribe to the Shadow Brokers' monthly leak of stolen Equation Group exploits - on behalf of the entire information security community - have dropped their effort, citing legal concerns.
Two security researchers are attempting to crowdfund a recurring subscription fee to Shadow Brokers' monthly exploit dump club in hopes of helping to prevent or blunt future outbreaks of the WannaCry variety. Cue ethical debate.
The identity of the individual or group behind the global WannaCry ransomware campaign remains unclear. But whoever wrote the ransom notes appears to have been fluent in Chinese and pretty good at written English, according to a linguistic analysis from security firm Flashpoint.
A number of media reports have recently suggested there's a "link" between WannaCry and the Lazarus hacking group, implying that North Korea authorized the ransomware campaign. But based on the evidence available so far, it's much too early to attribute the attacks to anyone.
Life after WannaCry: Already, other cybercrime gangs appear to be jumping on the SMB-targeting bandwagon, including the operators behind Uiwix ransomware. Thankfully, security experts say, these attacks pose scant risk.
Disney is reportedly being targeted by cyber-extortionist hackers who have threatened to release a stolen, prerelease copy of the movie studio's fifth "Pirates of the Caribbean" film unless they receive a ransom, payable in bitcoins.
Criminals have long aimed to separate people from their possessions. So for anyone who follows ransomware, the WannaCry outbreak won't come as a shock. Nor will longstanding advice for surviving ransomware shakedowns: Prepare, or prepare to pay.
To better battle ransomware, we must take a page from the lessons learned by the kidnapping and ransom insurance industry in its battle against piracy in the Indian Ocean, Jeremiah Grossman told the AppSec Europe conference in Belfast, Northern Ireland.
Hot sessions at this week's OWASP AppSec Europe 2017 conference in Belfast, Northern Ireland, cover everything from the EU's General Data Protection Regulation and fostering better SecDevOps uptake, to quantum-computing resistant crypto and ransomware economics.
With ransomware attackers having already launched attack code with themes ranging from horror movies and Pokemon to Hitler to cats, it was only a matter of time before they decided to beam Star Trek's Kirk and Spock direct to would-be victims' PCs.
Hackers have been targeting the likes of AOL and Yahoo, in part, because a certain generation of users - including many senior U.S. officials - continue to use the services to send and store state secrets. Let's make sure future generations don't make similar mistakes.