SMS Two-Factor Authentication is unreliable but still in use

SMS Two-Factor Authentication is unreliable but still in use

by Luana PASCU, from HotForSecurity , on 07.12.2016

Two-factor authentication (2FA), also known as multi-factor authentication, might not be enough, the US National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has repeatedly warned us this year. Meant to provide an extra layer of security by sending a code to a token generator or an SMS to a phone only the user has access to, […] read more

Desktops are the most popular corporate devices among businesses, corporate mobile devices still not widespread, Gartner says

Desktops are the most popular corporate devices among businesses, corporate mobile devices still not widespread, Gartner says

by Razvan Muresan, from Business Insights , on 07.12.2016

Mobile device adoption in the workplace is not yet mature, found a recent survey from the advisory company Gartner. Four in five of workers surveyed by Gartner received one or more corporate-issued devices, but desktops are still the most popular corporate device among businesses, with more than half of workers receiving corporate-issued desktop PCs. read more

Ransomware forced hospitals to cancel 2,800 operations and shut down systems

Ransomware forced hospitals to cancel 2,800 operations and shut down systems

by Graham CLULEY, from HotForSecurity , on 06.12.2016

Ransomware is a serious enough threat for most organisations, but just imagine if you’re in the business of keeping people healthy and saving lives. At the end of October, three British hospitals suffered a “major incident”, as a malware attack infected the Northern Lincolnshire and Goole NHS Foundation Trust (NLAG), forcing the almost complete shutdown […] read more

DailyMotion hack exposes 87 million user accounts

DailyMotion hack exposes 87 million user accounts

by Luana PASCU, from HotForSecurity , on 06.12.2016

Over 87 million user accounts with unique emails were leaked following a breach of popular French video-sharing website DailyMotion in October, announced LeakedSource. Some 20 to 30 hacks are further to be revealed by the end of the year. The search engine claims to have gained access to a database that contains usernames, email addresses […] read more

Connected toys spy on kids, expose them to predators

Connected toys spy on kids, expose them to predators

by Luana PASCU, from HotForSecurity , on 06.12.2016

Almost everything around us is connected – cameras, cars, fridges, and even city infrastructures. Some 24 billion IoT devices are expected to be connected by 2020, but that doesn’t automatically mean manufacturers will develop better security. It feels like we’re going in circles with this discussion about IoT privacy and lax security. Let’s face it, […] read more

IoT - powered DDoS attacks and SCADA incidents will make top security headlines in 2017, Bitdefender predicts

IoT - powered DDoS attacks and SCADA incidents will make top security headlines in 2017, Bitdefender predicts

by Business Insights , on 06.12.2016

Bitdefender experts predict a marked rise in IoT attacks against individuals and companies alike, continuing trouble with encrypting ransomware, IoT botnets, adware and the revival of darknet markets for illegal goods and services. read more

Travel scams triple in Australia, watchdog says

Travel scams triple in Australia, watchdog says

by Alexandra GHEORGHE, from HotForSecurity , on 05.12.2016

Airbnb, the accommodation of choice for millions of travelers, celebrated its 100th million guest in 2016. And cybercriminals paid notice. Scam reports have tripled from 2015, the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission’s (ACCC) Scamwatch says. Australia’s consumer watchdog said Monday more than $80,000 has been lost to online scams in 2016. To fool people into paying […] read more

Shamoon is back; hits Saudi Arabian aviation agency

Shamoon is back; hits Saudi Arabian aviation agency

by Luana PASCU, from HotForSecurity , on 05.12.2016

Shamoon malware is back with a new variant and a massive attack on the Saudi Arabian General Authority of Civil Aviation (GACA). Once the attack was detected, GACA isolated the infected devices from the main network. The government confirmed the breaches last Thursday, assuring citizens that “none of the air navigational system, or any major […] read more

Five new malware programs are discovered every second

Five new malware programs are discovered every second

by Graham Cluley, from Business Insights , on 05.12.2016

The numbers are in, and they don’t look too good. A new report from the respected independent testing agency AV-Test.org reveals some scary-sounding facts about the state of malware today. read more

Hackers steal $31 million from Bank of Russia

Hackers steal $31 million from Bank of Russia

by Luana PASCU, from HotForSecurity , on 05.12.2016

Cybersecurity experts advise financial institutions to remain vigilant as the number of high-profile cyberattacks targeting them and governments has increased in the past two years. Hackers breached the network of the Central Bank of Russia and made off with almost 2 billion rubles ($31 million), reported Reuters on Friday. They had initially planned to steal […] read more

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