The latest edition of the ISMG Security Report analyzes the latest developments in banning Huawei technology from 5G networks. Also featured are discussions of how to respond better to cybercrime and whether we're on the cusp of a digital currency revolution.
Government officials in the U.S., U.K. and Canada issued a joint advisory Thursday warning that a Russian hacking group is targeting various research organizations in those countries involved in COVID-19 vaccine development.
Malware designed to provide backdoor access to corporate networks, gain administrative privileges and deliver additional payloads was hidden in tax software the Chinese government requires companies doing business in the nation to use, researchers at the security firm Trustwave report.
Britain's U-turn on Huawei, announcing that it will now ban the manufacturer's gear from its 5G networks, highlights this as yet unresolved problem: Years of underinvestment and policy failures have left Britain and its allies with no inexpensive, trusted alternative.
The British government has officially reversed course and will now ban Huawei's telecom gear from its 5G networks. The ban on use of the Chinese firm's equipment, based in part on U.S. sanctions against the manufacturer, goes into effect at year's end.
An Israeli court has dismissed a petition filed by Amnesty International that sought to revoke the security export license of NSO Group, a tech firm that's been accused of selling hacking tools to governments for targeting dissidents, journalists and lawyers.
Wells Fargo, the fourth largest bank in the U.S., has directed employees to remove the TikTok social media app from their company-issued devices, citing security concerns. The news comes after Amazon sent mixed signals to its employees about use of the social media app.
The U.S. Secret Service is combining its electronic and financial crime units into a single task force that will focus on investigating cyber-related financial crimes, such as BEC schemes and ransomware attacks. The move comes as lawmakers push for the Secret Service to take a more active role in fighting cybercrime.
Hackers with apparent ties to North Korea have extended their bag of online attack tricks beyond cryptocurrency mining, online bank heists and ransomware. Now, they're also hitting e-commerce merchants in the U.S. and Europe with Magecart attacks to steal payment card data, security firm Sansec reports.
A recent inspector general's report finds that NASA still struggles with implementing an agency-wide cybersecurity policy despite spending approximately $2.3 billion on IT, networking and security technology in 2019. The oversite report lists a series of improvements that NASA should make.
To mitigate cyberthreats, telecommunications companies in the GCC region need to enhance their incident detection and response capabilities, says Doha, Qatar-based Mustapha Huneyd, former global CISO of Ooredoo, a regional telecom firm.
The U.S. Federal Communications Commission has officially designated China's Huawei Technologies and ZTE Corp. as "national security threats," barring American telecommunications firms from using certain federal funds to buy their equipment, such as for building 5G networks.
Palo Alto Networks product alert: All users should immediately patch a "critical" flaw in Pan-OS that can be remotely exploited to bypass authentication and take full control of systems or gain access to networks, U.S. Cyber Command and the Cybersecurity Infrastructure and Security Agency warn.
Enterprises need to move away from manual threat detection methods to leverage artificial intelligence, which can help boost defenses, says Dr. Jassim Haji, president of Artificial Intelligence Society, Bahrain Chapter.