Facebook announced on Friday that as many as 50 million of the platform’s social media accounts had been hacked giving attackers access to user’s personal information.  As some call for greater oversight and regulation, the company is already facing potentially stiff fines in Europe.    Cipher Brief Expert and former ...

Yahoo has announced hackers, believed to be state-sponsored, stole data on around 500 million users in 2014. The Cipher Brief’s Kaitlin Lavinder spoke with Vitali Kremez, a Senior Analyst at cyber intelligence company Flashpoint, about the hack. The Cipher Brief: Is it possible, given the scale of the hacking, that ...

With strong links suggesting Russian involvement in the hack of the Democratic National Committee’s (DNC) email servers, the Kremlin’s efforts to disrupt and interfere in the West have once again come into the spotlight. But experts told The Cipher Brief that although this cyberattack fits into Russian President Vladimir Putin’s wider ...

There’s still much to be learned about the unauthorized release of the so-called Panama Papers, the documents exposing the financial interests of prominent world figures in offshore tax havens. What we know so far is that the release represents the single largest leak of data in history, totaling 2.6 terabytes ...

On February 5th, Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center lost access to its computers after being infected with ransomware – a type of malware that hold files hostage until a ransom is paid. Eventually, the hospital paid $17,000 to regain control of its systems, and started a national dialogue about cybersecurity in ...

In February, Hollywood Presbyterian Hospital very publicly paid $17,000 to regain access to its files after being infected with a type of malware called ransomware. As the name suggests, ransomware encrypts all files on a computer until the victim pays a ransom to the attacker. This hack, though limited in ...

Healthcare providers represent an attractive target for hackers due to the wealth of information they store about their patients. The Cipher Brief Spoke to Greg Porter, founder of information security consulting firm Allegheny Digital, about the nature of the cyber-threat for the healthcare industry. He says that healthcare providers should ...

The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) hack shocked the U.S., exposing the vulnerability of the U.S. government to cyber attack.  After thieves took the personal data of more than 20 million federal employees, what did we learn? 1. IT isn’t a priority until something goes wrong. OPM received several warnings from ...

Imagine this:  a private company discovers that detailed personal identifying information—including Social Security numbers, dates of birth, passport data, foreign travel histories, and other sensitive personal and private data—for more than 25 million people has been compromised in successive security breaches.  How swiftly do you think government officials, regulators, and ...

The Cipher Brief sat down with Michael Chertoff at the Aspen Security Conference to discuss emerging issues in cybersecurity. He feels that businesses and the government need to more proactively engage with cybersecurity problems and work closer together to minimize their vulnerability to hackers. TCB: What would you say for ...