Chipotle has announced that it is working with law enforcement and cybersecurity experts to look into unauthorized activity on its credit card payment system. The company is investigating transactions from March 24 to April 18, and it will release details on the timeline and affected restaurants as the investigation continues.
The federal government and private businesses need to open up conversations and explore regulations for the security of autonomous vehicles, National Institute of Standards and Technology fellow Ron Ross said. Without these discussions, connected vehicles are left vulnerable to distributed-denial-of-service attacks.
Hyundai said there was a bug in its Blue Link mobile app that allowed vehicles to be started remotely for three months before the vulnerability was discovered and fixed. The Department of Homeland Security said that there were "[n]o known public exploits," as a "high skill level" was needed to take advantage of the flaw.
File-encrypting ransomware Locky has returned after disappearing this year, cybersecurity researchers said. Ransomware found in phishing emails now use the Dridex botnet for greater chance of infection of critical files in systems, with attackers demanding bitcoins from their victims.
Foreign governments that use private criminal hackers leave themselves vulnerable, and the private hackers can be apprehended more easily than intelligence officers, said Adam Hickey of the Justice Department. "That matters because apprehending them ... can give us the human intelligence into state-sponsored hacking that can be very, very valuable and supplement the technical insight," Hickey said.
The WikiLeaks CIA dump is frightening because it has threatened peace of mind around the world, writes Eric O'Neill. Other concerns include attacks that may occur if details are released, as well as the risk of non-malware attacks, he writes.
The city of Miami was one of six winners of the $1.2 million John S. and James L. Knight Foundation grant. The city will use its $200,000 to expand data sharing with community partners and will focus on designing a plan to find internet of things solutions that will benefit residents.
Password manager apps help users store and manage their passwords and PINs and keep them away from prying eyes through master passwords or biometric authentication. Denisse Moreno provides four options that can be used to help generate passwords and keep them safe.
The Federal Reserve should take a more active role to better protect private-sector financial institutions from cyberattacks, a report by the Office of Inspector General states. The report recommends increasing oversight, ensuring that regulators understand technologies used by financial firms, and improving areas including recruiting, tracking and planning.
Nuance's voice biometrics will be deployed on Australia's new payment system this year, per the Reserve Bank of Australia. The system will allow near real-time transfers through a platform that identifies and authenticates users to reduce the risk of fraud.
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