The FBI is investigating spam sent to Hillary Clinton's personal e-mail that may have compromised her personal server, located at her New York home. The attack may be linked to Russian hackers previously suspected of wider attacks inside the US government.
Apple has bolstered its latest software releases by fixing more than 100 flaws that made it possible for hackers and malware to circumvent defenses. Most of the patches fixed vulnerabilities in Apple's newest Mac operating system, El Capitan 10.11, but some included upgrades to iOS 9 and the Safari browser as well.
A House of Representatives bill that would give the Department of Homeland Security stronger cybersecurity requirements, including more information sharing, was voted out of committee last week. The bill, sponsored by Rep. Cedric Richmond, D-La., received strong bipartisan support in the House Homeland Security Committee and is one of several cybersecurity proposals Congress is considering.
Hewlett-Packard says it's transferring its cloud research and development unit and its cloud product management group to its software organization, run by Robert Youngjohns. The announcement came in an internal memo from CEO Meg Whitman that said the move will help "accelerate" the company's "hybrid infrastructure transformation area."
The Federal Bureau of Investigation is investing in a series of new pilot programs to recruit teenagers in the fight against cybercrime. The first program will launch next year in Pittsburgh, Pa., and provide specialized training courses and university credit. "We know the talent we need, and we need to go earlier and get to people when they're making career and life decisions," said the FBI's Christopher Geary.
The nuclear power sector is facing an "ever present" risk of cyberattacks thanks to design flaws, including outdated industrial control systems, per a report from Chatham House, which conducted an 18-month review of the global nuclear sector. The report calls on governments and industry to improve nuclear assets' defenses.
Biometrics can create more secure point-of-sale transactions, but moving the technology into the mainstream will be a challenge, says Mark Nelsen, senior vice president of Risk Products and Business Intelligence at Visa. "There are people who feel strongly that if your biometric is stolen it is irreplaceable. ... But our goal at Visa is to make sure when we use biometrics at the point of sale or in payments there's adequate security standards in place so that the data is encrypted and if it is stolen it can't be reused," he says.
The security breach at Experian highlights the vulnerability of using personally identifiable information as the main means of opening bank and other accounts, say security experts. "PII data has become completely unreliable," says Avivah Litan, vice president of Gartner. "People are still using it because there's nothing else easy to use around, but they're weaning off of it."
Cisco Systems says it's in the process of purchasing UK-based Portcullis Computer Security to help boost its security portfolio. "Portcullis' range of security consulting services includes assessments to identify vulnerabilities, forensic testing, first responder training to prepare for attacks, policy review and creation, security awareness training, and overall security posture audits," a Cisco blog post said.
Apple's devices are so prominent in mobile that businesses and brands need to reimagine how they go about their work and marketing, Marcus Wohlsen writes. Apple's genius makes its products the devices of choice for many businesses and consumers, Wohlsen writes.
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