Cyberattacks news, trends, analysis and practical advice

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Despite billions spent on cybersecurity, companies aren’t truly safe from hacks

Last year, private-sector companies globally spent more than $75 billion on security software to safeguard their systems and data. Has all that spending made private sector data and systems any safer?

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Trump's hacking comments rattle cybersecurity pros

Donald Trump’s muddled stance on hacking has disturbed security experts at time when the tech industry is looking for clarity on U.S. cyber policy.

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FBI to lead nation's cyberattack responses

President Barack Obama on Tuesday officially put the FBI in charge of cyberattack responses.

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Feds to hire 3,500 cybersecurity pros by year's end

The U.S. government is trying to improve the recruiting and retention of cybersecurity professionals.


A black market is selling access to hacked government servers for $6

Want access to a government server? An online black market is selling access to thousands of hacked servers for as little as $6.

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Flash Player zero-day exploit is being used in the wild by a cyberespionage group

Adobe Systems is working on a patch for a Flash Player vulnerability that's being exploited in targeted attacks.


Windows PC makers hang customers out to dry with flawed crapware updaters

Prominent Windows PC makers have made "egregious" omissions in the software updaters they bundle with notebooks that leave customers at risk from cyberattack.


State officials worry about their ability to fight cyberattacks

Many U.S. states aren't confident in their ability to respond to cyberattacks on physical infrastructure such as water and electric systems, some emergency response officials said.

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When Locky strikes

A friend’s company is hit with aggressive ransomware and calls our manager for advice.

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Cyberattack could knock out huge chunk of U.S. electric grid

The U.S. government is not prepared for a cyberattack on the electrical grid that takes out power over a large area for weeks, or even months, some lawmakers said.

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When it comes to security standards, one size doesn't fit all

The California attorney general, in comments made recently, caused quite a stir in the information security community. He cited a particular standards document, and said that companies not following it were not considered to have...

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Pwn2Own contest highlights renewed hacker focus on kernel issues

Hackers have used 21 new vulnerabilities in their attacks against browsers and operating systems during this year's Pwn2Own hacking contest.


Ukraine power outage was a cyberattack -- U.S. doesn’t finger Russia (officially)

A late-December power outage in Ukraine was caused by attackers wielding malware weapons, says a U.S. report. Unofficial briefings point the finger at Russia, as do official statements from Ukraine, but could the same happen here?

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Automakers will collaborate to try to prevent car hacks

Major automakers plan to work with the U.S. government to attempt to deter hacks of connected cars before they become a major issue.

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White House hopes for 'common ground' to combat terrorism

The White House hopes a Friday summit between senior government officials and Silicon Valley tech leaders will find common ground on ways the two can work together to combat extremism and radicalization.

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Antivirus software could make your company more vulnerable

Cyberespionage groups could easily exploit vulnerabilities in antivirus programs to break into corporate networks, according to vulnerability researchers who have analyzed such products in recent years.

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Microsoft mirrors rivals, pledges to warn customers of state-backed hacks after leaving users in the dark

Microsoft says it, too, will alert users when they are beset by state-sponsored cyber attacks, following the lead of Google, Facebook and Yahoo.

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Yahoo mimics Facebook, Google with 'state-sponsored' attack warnings

Yahoo has followed rivals Facebook and Google in telling users it will warn them when it believes they face state-backed cyber attackers.

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