Maria Korolov

Contributing Writer

Maria Korolov has been covering emerging technology and emerging markets for the past twenty years. She has reported from Russia, India, and Afghanistan, and recently returned to the United States after running a news bureau in China for five years

Average business spends $15 million battling cybercrime

Average business spends $15 million battling cybercrime

The average U.S. company of 1,000 employees or more spends $15 million a year battling cybercrime, up 20 percent compared to last year.

Does security awareness training even work?

Does security awareness training even work?

If even well-educated security experts mess up when it comes to security, can we really educate average employees to be more security aware?

Attackers forgo malware

Attackers forgo malware

To avoid detection, some hackers are ditching malware and living "off the land" -- using whatever tools are already available in the compromised systems.

Security experts are mostly critical of proposed threat intelligence sharing bill

Security experts are mostly critical of proposed threat intelligence sharing bill

This fall, the Senate is expected to take another look at the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act, or CISA, but many security experts and privacy advocates are opposed.

Intel: Criminals are getting better at data exfiltration

Intel: Criminals are getting better at data exfiltration

Enterprises tend to be highly focused on keeping attackers out of their systems, but most of the actual damage happens not when the bad guys first break in, but when they're able to successfully steal data -- and the techniques...

The Web's 10 most dangerous neighborhoods

Wouldn't it be convenient if all the spam and malware sites were all grouped together under one top-level domain -- .evil, say -- so that they would be easy to avoid? According to a new study from Blue Coat, there are in fact ten...

Phishing is a $3.7 million annual cost for average large company

Phishing is a $3.7 million annual cost for average large company

The average 10,000-employee company spends $3.7 million a year on dealing with phishing attacks, according to a new report from the Ponemon Institute

Phishing is a $3.7-million annual cost for average large company

Phishing is a $3.7-million annual cost for average large company

The average 10,000-employee company spends $3.7 million a year on dealing with phishing attacks, according to a new report from the Ponemon Institute

Most corporate risk due to just 1% of employees

Most corporate risk due to just 1% of employees

Just 1 percent of employees are responsible for 75 percent of cloud-related enterprise security risk, and companies can dramatically reduce their exposure at very little additional cost by paying extra attention to these users.

Review: Canonical continues cloud push with Ubuntu 15.04

Review: Canonical continues cloud push with Ubuntu 15.04

With its most recent release, Ubuntu 15.04 -- "Vivid Vervet" -- Canonical continues its emphasis on cloud features.

Terracotta VPN hijacks servers for commercial gain

Terracotta VPN hijacks servers for commercial gain

The Terracotta commercial VPN, marketed in China under a number of different brand names, uses hacked servers to power its network.

Google Drive phishing is back -- with obfuscation

Google Drive phishing is back -- with obfuscation

If you have a Google account and a stranger sends you a link to a document on Google Drive, think twice before clicking -- it could be a phishing scam designed to harvest your Google credentials

Stagefright vulnerability lets criminals send malware by text

Stagefright vulnerability lets criminals send malware by text

Vulnerabilities in Android's "Stagefright" code allows criminals to send malware to any user via text message -- and the user gets infected without even having to open it.

HP: 100% of smartwatches have security flaws

HP: 100% of smartwatches have security flaws

In a recent security assessment of ten smartwatches and their iOS and Android companion applications, every single watch had at least one significant security flaw, according to a new report from HP Fortify

InfoSec pros spend most time, money on self-inflicted problems

InfoSec pros spend most time, money on self-inflicted problems

According to a new survey of Black Hat attendees released last week, InfoSec professionals are spending the biggest amount of their time and budgets on security problems created within the organization itself.

How to surf the Dark Web for fun and profit

The secret, criminal underground of the Internet -- the Dark Web -- is no longer all that secret, with several vendors offering monitoring services

Regulators push to limit security software exports

Regulators push to limit security software exports

The comment period on Wassenaar ends next Monday, and the rules, as written, would severely restrict international sales, deployment, research and even discussion of cybersecurity tools and exploits, experts say.

Scammers bypass Google filters with PDF cloaking

Scammers bypass Google filters with PDF cloaking

Google has cracked down on scammers stuffing webpages full of keywords and useless links, so scammers have moved on to stuffing PDF documents

Agencies need to pay more attention to supply chain security

Agencies need to pay more attention to supply chain security

Government agencies seeking the lowest bidders typically overlook cybersecurity when awarding contracts, and data breaches are the result.

Who’s winning the mobile payments war?

Who’s winning the mobile payments war?

It’s still early, but Apple seems to be gaining momentum. Other players to watch: Google, PayPal, Walmart, Microsoft.

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