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A week in security (October 14 – 20)

Last week on Malwarebytes Labs, we tried to unlock the future of the password (its vulnerabilities, current alternatives, and possible future disappearance), analyzed the lagging response by many businesses in adopting a patch for Pulse VPN vulnerability, looked at Instagram’s bulked-up security against phishing emails scams, and were reminded that ransomware remains a dominant threat facing … [Read more...]

When can we get rid of passwords for good?

Or perhaps I should have asked, “Can we ever get rid of passwords for good?” The security world knows passwords are a problem. Products ship with default passwords that are never changed. People reuse old passwords or adopt easy-to-guess passwords that hackers easily defeat via brute force. Or users simply can’t keep up with having to remember 27 different passwords for … [Read more...]

Medical industry struggles with PACS data leaks

In the medical world, sharing patient data between organizations and specialists has always been an issue. X-Rays, notes, CT scans, and any other data or related files have always existed and been shared in their physical forms (slides, paperwork). When a patient needed to take results of a test to another practice for a second opinion or to a specialist for a more detailed look, it would … [Read more...]

Senior employees lack accountability regarding cyber security

C-level employees are putting their organisations at risk by neglecting cyber security practices, a new report suggests.  According to McAfee’s Grand Theft Data II: The Drivers and Shifting State of Data Breaches, 61% of respondents believe executives demand greater lenience when it comes to cyber security policies and processes. This includes things such as choosing not to attend staff awareness … [Read more...]

Have experts been giving us bad advice for creating passwords?

For all the complexities of information security, the biggest vulnerability is an issue that seems easy to fix: poor passwords. The 2018 Verizon Data Breach Investigations Report found that password-cracking played a part in 81% of data breaches.  That’s not a surprise when so many of us exercise dire password … [Read more...]

A week in security (April 1 – 7)

Last week, Malwarebytes Labs took readers on a brief tour of some of the world’s most notable data privacy laws, explored how gamers can protect themselves against cyberthreats, and offered thoughts about the reports that a 23-year-old Chinese woman gained access to President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort while carrying four cellphones, a hard drive, a laptop, and a thumb drive that was … [Read more...]

Facebook’s plain text misstep, and other password sins

Two days after an article by Brian Krebs disclosed that hundreds of millions of Facebook account passwords had been stored in plain text for years, Facebook released a statement indicating they hash and salt passwords, more or less in accordance with industry best practice. Plain text storage of credentials is a fairly egregious security misstep, but there’s a variety of other ways … [Read more...]

Collection 1 data breach: what you need to know

Yesterday, news broke that the largest data dump in history had been discovered, with more than 770 million people’s Personally Identifiable Information (PII) decrypted, catalogued, and up for grabs on the Internet. The files, which are being dubbed Collection 1, were originally found on cloud service MEGA, and later posted to a popular hacking forum. The Collection 1 folder contains more … [Read more...]

A week in security (January 7 – 13)

Last week on the Malwarebytes Labs blog, we took a look at the Ryuk ransomware attack causing trouble over the holidays, as well as a ransom threat for an Irish transportation company. We explored the realm of SSN scams, and looked at what happens when an early warning system is attacked. Other cybersecurity news Password reuse problems. Multiple Reddit accounts reported being locked out after … [Read more...]