Chipmaker Intel will spin out its Intel Security unit - once again named McAfee - with a value that's markedly lower than what it paid. Meanwhile, long-gone founder John McAfee is suing for the right to launch a new security company bearing his name.
In their quest for easy ways to extort victims into giving them bitcoins, cybercriminals continue to double down on crypto-ransomware attacks and increasingly target enterprises, seeking proportionally higher paydays.
Malware researcher Ivan Kwiatkowski unleashed ransomware on tech-support scammers after his parents stumbled across a site warning they'd been infected by Zeus. Despite the feel-good factor, however, security experts advise against hacking back.
FireEye CEO Kevin Mandia has blamed his company's lower-than-expected quarterly revenue on the rise of ransomware and cyber extortion attacks and a decline in APT campaigns. Experts debunk those assertions.
Obviously, ransomware attackers have no scruples. But the latest attacks go to even further extremes, channeling everything from Hitler to cats, as attackers hone their attempts to shake down Windows and Android users alike.
Ransomware gangs are employing "customer service" agents to field victims' queries in an attempt to maximize their illicit profits, according to security firm F-Secure, which describes the encounters of someone posing as a victim.
The Petya ransomware gang says it released 3,500 crypto keys that it stole - along with source code - from rival Chimera ransomware developers. If the keys are legitimate, security firms say they can build decryption tools for Chimera victims.
How low will ransomware go? New malware - dubbed Ranscam - demands bitcoins to unlock files, but in reality they've already been deleted, researchers warn. As always when it comes to defending against ransomware, preparation pays.
A report that the Russian government hacked into Democratic National Committee systems has security experts warning that just because malware was found on a hacked network, that doesn't mean a specific individual, group or nation-state was involved.
The annual Infosec Europe conference in London included a number of information security highs and lows, from hackers in hoodies and Guy Fawkes masks to free ice cream and Mikko Hypponen revealing that he too has been pwned.
My initial reaction to Microsoft's announcement that it plans to buy LinkedIn for $26.2 billion in cash: I guess its massive 2012 data breach - and the loss of virtually every user's credentials - didn't hobble the company's long-term prospects.
First the hackers came for our credit cards. Now they're taking control of our TVs. Witness the latest version of FLocker - for "frantic locker" - which is designed to lock Android devices, including smart TVs.
Ransomware, regulations, botnets, information sharing and policing strategies were just some of the topics that dominated the "International Conference on Big Data in Cyber Security" hosted by Edinburgh Napier University in Scotland.
The section chief of the FBI's Cyber Division says "the FBI does not condone payment of ransom," in part because it enables criminals to victimize others. Instead, the bureau continues to urge all potential victims to get their IT house in order.