Two factor authentication is widely recommended as a security practice to give an extra layer of protection to your network and personal accounts, but according to security researchers, if you use SMS texts as your second form of authentication, they could be subject to interception and exploitation. Security researchers demonstrated how easily they were able to manipulate the two-factor set up on a Bitcoin wallet account, simply by intercepting the text message sent over the cellular network. Once they reset …

With all the deals that can be found on Black Friday and Cyber Monday, it’s time to start scoring great deals online. But only half of consumers say they can determine whether the site they’re visiting is safe and legitimate, according to a survey by the Global Cyber Alliance. Here’s 6 ways on how to stay safe during the holiday shopping season. Check the URL of the site you’re visiting. Sophisticated phishing attacks can do a great job of making …

Cybersecurity journalist Brian Krebs noted on his website the security and simplicity of adding a vocal password to your authentication process when you call a company such as a bank or investment firm to obtain access about your account. Voice passwords are a great idea. They can be a very effective security measure if a hacker calls your bank to open a fraudulent account in your name or requests a large transfer out of your account. Most banks require only your …

A security researcher named Mathy Vanhoef of KU Leuven in Belgium has disclosed a vulnerability in the current WPA2 network. All routers that use a WPA2 (which is almost every single WiFi enabled device today) is vulnerable to a Key Reinstallation Attack (KRACK). Information that was once assumed to be safely encrypted, such as messages, passwords, photos, or credit card numbers, can now be read, and in some cases, manipulated. The problem is unfortunately not with a specific product, but rather …

The credit bureau agency Equifax publicly reported a data breach affecting about 143 million Americans on September 7, although the company was attacked months before then. According to Equifax, the breach was caused by a vulnerability in a website application, but no further details were provided. What does this mean for the security of your personal data? The Equifax hack has some serious consequences, because the credit bureau keeps a trove of personal digital information for millions of people. Information …

Companies across the globe are still reeling and recovering from the global ransomware attack known as WannaCry on Friday, which took down tens of thousands of machines in 150 countries, including Britain’s National Health System. How and why did this happen? We’ve talked at length about ransomware and how it’s distributed, how it particularly affects healthcare, and the rise of ransomware as a service. Friday’s attack was unusual in how quickly the infection spread, but it also reminded us of an age-old …

Congress recently passed a law repealing a set of Internet privacy rules, in a move that’s taken the media by storm and for good reason. In the wake of this new legislation, there’s been a lot of confusion over what it means for the privacy of consumer Internet data. President Donald Trump still has to sign the new bill, so it isn’t even law yet. But it’s expected he will do so, and soon. No one understands the full impact …

Ransomware has exploded in popularity during the past two years, with the number of identified families growing 400 percent since 2015. It affects individuals, nonprofits and enterprises alike, but it’s is particularly fond of the healthcare industry because of the value of patient data and the criticality of hospitals. To help the healthcare IT industry (and others) learn more about ransomware, I’ve compiled a list of the most informational articles on the web to date. Health and Human Services Department …

As the gap between desktop and mobile becomes smaller and smaller, businesses are encouraging the use of mobile apps and a BYOD environment. But with this power of creativity and productivity comes responsibility to security, and that’s something many CISOs are worried about. One of these threats to enterprise security is data jacking. It’s the misuse or theft of data on a mobile from its primary owner. Examples of data jacking include ransomware, mobile malware, and theft of mobile devices …

Ransomware has made headlines time and again for its devastating effectiveness on governments and organizations, but researchers are starting to pay attention to a developing trend within ransomware: Ransomware as a Service (RaaS). Ransomware as a Service allows anyone, regardless of programming background or coding skills, to infect computers and extract money from victims. Why are researchers paying attention to RaaS? It represents a new form of malware distribution, where people who have zero coding or programming skills can send …

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