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POS Malware and Other Hacks Plague the Hospitality Industry

The days of making “analog accommodations” at hotels — filling out a reservation slip, taking ownership of a door key and having only a telephone handset to communicate with the outside world— are long over. Today’s hotels are rife with digital trapdoors, metaphorical sinkholes that have the capacity to compromise your personal information and identity.…

The Era of Proportional Ransomware Has Arrived

According to the FBI the incursion of ransomware has just gone from bad to worse. In a recent alert, the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) warned that recent ransomware variants have targeted and compromised vulnerable business servers to identify and target hosts, thereby multiplying the number of potential infected servers and devices on a network. More…

Faster Threat Detection through Shared Intelligence: RSA NetWitness Endpoint Now Supports RSA Live Connect

In a previous life, I remember spending time at a company’s co-location facility where many organizations hosted their production and testing environments.  There was a shared workspace, and I remember having quite a few conversations with industry peers about various topics.  Not surprisingly, the one topic that came up more frequently than others was security…

A New Generation of Hackers Target the Gaming Industry

Hackers love a crowd. That’s true when it comes to social media networks, government system websites, financial institutions, retailers, and, based on recent headlines, gaming sites.  For an industry projected to be worth nearly $100 billion in 2016, gaming offers a lucrative industry for cybercriminals.  Last year, gaming accounted for 1 in every 50 e-commerce fraud transactions,…

Web Threat Detection Services Deliver SWIFT Remediation

With the dust settling on a series of high profile cyber heists against international banks SWIFT’s network used to facilitate international payments between banks, the service provider is weighing changes that would effectively exclude from its network banks that have, according to reports, “demonstrated weak information security.” The Brussels-based SWIFT (Society for the Worldwide Interbank…

Hackers Hunt for Healthcare Records

What’s the difference between data theft from a bank account versus a healthcare record? For starters, think of theft from a bank account as the equivalent of a single withdrawal; one and done. Sooner than later it’s discovered, a new account number is issued and, as a hacker, you’re effectively cut off. When it comes…

Cyber Scams to Beware of at the 2016 Summer Olympics

Are you planning to cheer on your country’s athletes in-person at the Summer Olympics in Rio and need some discounted tickets? Or maybe you can’t afford to actually travel there, but would love to win a ticket lottery that would increase your chances of doing so? Or maybe you’re not planning to attend at all…

Enter at Your Own Risk: The Perils of Livestreaming Content

There’s no such thing as a free lunch, not even on the Internet. But if you do decide to splurge, new research finds your lack of willpower may come with a side order of malware. In this case, that free lunch actually refers to websites that offer free livestreaming of things like sporting events, concerts, and so on. Turns…

Find Friends and Credit Cards on Facebook: The New Cybercrime Reality

Social media attracts all kinds. These sites are used for catching up with friends on Facebook, instant news dissemination on Twitter, partisan political viewpoints expressed in online forums, real-time reach outs on Snapchat, professional networking on LinkedIn — and now, not surprisingly, they’re used as global havens for cybercrime. With the release of the second…

Ransomware: The New Cyber Kryptonite

And then, there was irony. While Apple has been able to hold out against the FBI demanding it produce a backdoor into the iPhone used in the recent San Bernardino attack, it was unable to render a similar defense against a strain of ransomware that recently, albeit briefly, infected its own Mac computers. The recent…