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Bradley Barth

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SC Podcast: On the web, who’s a bot and who’s a person

The saying goes: “On the internet, nobody knows you’re a dog.” But the more apt expression in this day and age might be “nobody knows you’re a bot.” Bots are becoming increasingly human-like, which presents a significant challenge to security professionals, website owners and social media network operators seeking to distinguish malicious and inauthentic bot…

RSA 2020: Equifax CISO touts company’s transparency it as seeks breach redemption

Fresh off a financial settlement over its 2017 data breach that affected roughly half the U.S. population, Equifax is forging ahead with a $1 billion-plus investment in a new security plan — and CISO Jamil Farshchi was eager to tout the credit reporting agency’s progress so far in a session this week at the RSA…

The winners of the 2020 SC Awards Honored in the U.S.

Trust AwardBest Authentication TechnologyForgeRockForgeRock Identity Platform All journeys have a beginning, middle and an end, and it’s the job of the ForgeRock Identity Platform to ensure that every authentication journey, from start to finish, remains safe for the client and easy for the user. The platform’s Intelligent Authentication feature delivers the unique ability to visually map user authentication journeys with a drag-and-drop interface…

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Report: Extortionists threaten websites with AdSense ban caused by bot traffic

A new email-based extortion campaign is reportedly threatening to flood websites with bot-generated fake traffic so that Google’s anti-fraud mechanisms block their AdSense advertising service accounts. According to security researcher Brian Krebs, the extortionists are telling email recipients that they will soon see a message from Google warning them that the number of ads they…

Fox Kitten APT campaign exploits VPN flaws hours after public disclosure

Iranian APT actors have engaged in a long-running cyber espionage and data theft campaign that has victimized dozens of companies around the world, typically compromising them via virtual private network and Remote Desktop Protocol services, according to a new research report. Vulnerable VPNs have been such a favorite attack vector of choice among these actors…

Email scam swindles $2.6M from Puerto Rican government corporation

The Puerto Rico government fell for a phishing scam that bilked the U.S. territory out of $2.6 million — an incident that sounds like a possible business email compromise. According to an Associated Press report, the Puerto Rico Industrial Development Company (PRIDCO), a government-run corporation created to promote the island as an investment destination, reportedly filed…

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Czech authorities investigating Avast over recent data collection practices

The Czech Republic’s Office for Personal Data Protection (DPA) said in a brief statement today that it has launched a preliminary investigation into Avast Software s.r.o., following reports that the Prague-based antivirus company collected data from users of its free AV product and sold it via a separate business division. “At the moment we are…

FBI tallied 467K cybercrime complaints in 2019, totaling $3.5B in losses

The FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) last year fielded 467,361 complaints related to cybercrime activity that collectively cost victims $3.5 billion in losses, according the agency’s just released 2019 Internet Crime Report. The 2019 complaint count represents a nearly 33 percent increase from the 2018 total of 351,937, and the $3.5 billion figure also…

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