Security & Privacy


Ransomware: To Pay or Not To Pay?

The decision whether or not to cave in to a ransomware attack may be less a philosophical decision and more a cost-benefit analysis.

Americans Distrust Institutions to Protect Data but Follow Lousy Personal Security Practices

Nearly half of Americans (49 percent) said they feel their personal data is less secure than it has been in the past.



‘Rasputin’ Hacker Targets 60 Universities, Government Agencies

More than 60 universities and government agencies in the United States and the United Kingdom have been attacked by a well-known international hacker dubbed “Rasputin."

U of Florida Advises Students to be Wary of Employment Scams

Following a warning issued by the FBI’s Crime Complaint Center, the University of Florida has released resources for students to educate and protect themselves against malicious internet activity.

University Hackers Attacked 5,000 IoT Devices on Campus

An unnamed university’s network was hacked through its own malware-laced vending machines, smart light bulbs and more than 5,000 other IoT devices.

IBM Adds Voice Help to Cybercrime-Fighting Watson-Powered Weaponry

The new Watson security technology is being integrated into IBM's new cognitive security operations center (SOC) platform, which combines the cognitive abilities of Watson with on-the-ground security operations to help cyber security teams detect and fight threats across endpoints, networks, users and the cloud.

Report: Number of Ransomware Attacks Grew Nearly 17 Times Larger in 2016

Ransomware surged 16,700 percent from 2015 to 2016, though unique malware samples declined over the same period, according to a new report from network security firm SonicWall.

MIT Event Encourages Students to 'Think Security'

A new event at the MIT Sloan School of Management will teach students about critical infrastructure cybersecurity issues such as protecting computer-controlled water or electric power facilities from cyber threats.

Department of Defense Brings Cybersecurity Bootcamp to Wright College

The department Wednesday announced it would introduce a “cybersecurity boot camp” this spring at the Chicago Community College system school.

Report: Phishing Attacks Down 10 Percent in 2016

Infosec professionals are 10 percent less likely to report that their organization was the victim of a phishing attack in 2016 than in 2015, though that still means three-quarters of organizations were targeted and half of that same group said phishing attacks are on the rise, according to the latest State of the Phish report from Wombat Security Technologies.

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