Cyber Saturday—Facebook Data Ownership, WhatsApp Phone Hack, ‘Blockchain Week’

New York City’s just-concluded “blockchain week” was palpably more subdued than it has been in years past. (Or maybe I was just not invited back to the parties after my 2018 travelogue.) In any case, I took a brief break from the madness of the Fortune 500 issue close to drop by the Consensus conference, […]

‘Zombieload’ Flaw Lets Hackers Crack Almost Every Intel Chip Back to 2011. Why’s It Being Downplayed?

Intel disclosed a new secret-leaking chip security flaw called Zombieload this week, which uses an attack similar to the one used in the Meltdown and Spectre exploits that were disclosed last year. While Intel classified the threat as “medium,” security researchers have said Zombieload is far more serious. The vulnerability affects almost every Intel computer […]

You’ve Got a WhatsApp Notification: You May Have Been Hacked

WhatsApp pressed users to update its messaging service, following a report that a vulnerability in the software allowed attackers to hack into people’s phones using commercial Israeli spyware. The chat app, owned by Facebook Inc., said it had discovered a vulnerability in early May that could enable attackers to insert and execute code on mobile […]

Cyber Saturday—Verizon Breach Report, Facebook Sues Data Abuser, China’s NSA Loot

A couple weeks ago I received an email message with the subject line “Urgent Request !!!” The note purported to be from Adam Lashinsky, this newsletter’s weekday columnist, a man whose comminqu?s I am wont not to ignore. Yet I knew instantly, even before opening the note, that the composer was an imposter. The tell: […]

And the Winner of Trump’s ‘President’s Cup’ Cyber Contest Is…America

President Donald Trump signed an executive order on Thursday that aims to strengthen the country’s cybersecurity workforce. The order laid a number of sorely needed federal initiatives. Among them: standardizing job listings to help cybersecurity workers more easily move around government, creating a rotational employment program between the Department of Homeland Security and other agencies, […]

Cyber Saturday—Trump’s Hacking Trophy, Huawei’s ‘Backdoors,’ Maersk’s Ransomware Lesson

President Donald Trump signed an executive order on Thursday that aims to strengthen the country’s cybersecurity workforce. The order laid a number of sorely needed federal initiatives. Among them: standardizing job listings to help cybersecurity workers more easily move around government, creating a rotational employment program between the Department of Homeland Security and other agencies, […]

Cyber Saturday—Marcus Hutchins’ Guilty Plea, Google Nest Camera Security, ‘768k Day’ Is the New ‘Y2K’

What justice should be served to Marcus Hutchins? The twenty-something British security researcher, better known by his online alias “MalwareTech,” gained international acclaim when he accidentally stopped a globe-circling, business-crippling, North Korean-sprung cyberattack in 2017. Later that year, the United States arrested Hutchins at a Las Vegas airport and charged him with years earlier conspiring […]

The U.S. Is Losing Its Crusade Against Huawei

The United Kingdom has decided to allow Huawei’s 5G equipment into its national rollouts to a degree–the gear is banned from core parts of the British communications network, where it could pose a particularly acute spying risk. The move is another blow to the United States’s campaign to pressure its allies into shunning Huawei’s 5G […]

Behind KKR’s Big Bet On Cybersecurity

It’s no secret that private equity has been on a cybersecurity kick as of late–and for good reason. With online attacks and digital fraud only becoming more prevalent, global spending on technology to protect sensitive data and information is expected to reach an unprecedented $124 billion this year, according to research firm Gartner. That means […]

Cyber Saturday—Julian Assange Arrest, FBI Data Leak, Mar-a-Lago Intruder Seeks Bail

The Ecuadorian embassy in London has finally given Julian Assange the boot. After seven years providing sanctuary to the co-creator of WikiLeaks, the notorious secret-leaking website, the government of Ecuador–and its tortured embassy staffers–gave him up. They allowed British police to remove Assange, forcibly, on Thursday morning. Now, in the custody of the UK, the […]