First, either Kaspersky Lab’s products are malicious or they are not. If Kaspersky is colluding with the Russian government, then this affects 400 million users worldwide, and it is not just U.S. government agencies that should stop using this software, it is all American businesses and consumers, as well as those of U.S. allies. The U.S.
The latest news is that the company is so inept, it’s been directing people to a white hat phishing site specifically intended to test the company’s security response. Oh -- and Equifax suffered a major security breach months before the one that stole 143 million records on almost every adult in the United States. It even may have been perpretated by the same group of people, though that’s still under investigation.
Everyone seems to have a beef with Big Tech these days, with politicians and pundits from across the political spectrum blaming consumer technology's largest companies for everything from income inequality and wage stagnation to #fakenews and President Donald Trump. Now we can add internet advocacy groups, long seen as allies with the Googles and Facebooks of the tech world, to the list.
The number of lost, stolen or compromised records is up 164 percent in the first six months of this year compared to the last half of 2016, according to a new report from Gemalto. The number of breaches in the education sector more than doubled in the same period, jumping 103 percent, according to the report.
In the 2017 Beyond the Phish Report, the security awareness and training company analyzed the results of more than 70 million questions answered by end users who completed its assessments and training modules, covering a variety of information security topics.
The warnings consumers hear from information security pros tend to focus on trust: Don't click web links or attachments from an untrusted sender. Only install applications from a trusted source or from a trusted app store. But lately, devious hackers have been targeting their attacks further up the software supply chain, sneaking malware into downloads from even trusted vendors, long before you ever click to install.
The Department of Homeland Security’s decision to ban federal agencies and departments from using products from Moscow-based cybersecurity firm Kaspersky Lab comes as no surprise, say security experts. Officials say that the prominent company poses a threat to U.S. national security and have given government agencies and departments 90 days to get rid of Kaspersky Lab software.
The breach affected about 143 million in the United States, as well as some people in Canada and the United Kingdom, but Equifax didn't provide a number. Hackers had access to the data between May and July, Equifax said. The company discovered the hack on July 29 and publicly announced it more than a month later on Thursday.
The new school year starts next week for most schools across the country. As part of the first line of defense in protecting student privacy, teachers need to be ready to spot the implications of new technology and advocate for their students' privacy rights.
In general, when we address an attack vector technologically, the bad guys start working on finding ways round the roadblock. That doesn’t mean we shouldn’t look for technical solutions, but it does mean that we can’t usually find a once-and-for-all-time fix. Sometimes we eventually abandon an approach altogether; more often we keep recalibrating as the nature of the threats changes.