Countering APT credential use with passwordless authentication

By Fred O'Connor | July 22, 2019
Stolen credentials played a critical role in a recently disclosed cyberespionage campaign that targeted 10 mobile carriers around the world, showing that leveraging usernames and passwords remains a key tactic for threat actors and demonstrating why companies are looking into passwordless authentication.   In that attack, a cyberespionage group connected to China first exploited a vulnerability […]
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Japan looking at facial recognition to restrict addicts from gambling

By Fred O'Connor | March 14, 2019
The Weekly Cypher is curated to keep you up-to-date on the latest in biometric and cybersecurity news. Here are a few headlines you may have missed this week. Japan looking at facial recognition to restrict addicts from gambling | Biometric Update The government of Japan plans to ask gambling venue operators to consider using facial recognition […]
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Chinese and Iranian hackers renew their attacks on US companies

By Fred O'Connor | February 22, 2019
The Weekly Cypher is curated to keep you up-to-date on the latest in biometric and cybersecurity news. Here are a few headlines you may have missed this week. Chinese and Iranian hackers renew their attacks on US companies | The New York Times Businesses and government agencies in the United States have been targeted in […]
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Hacked MyFitnessPal data goes on sale on the Dark Web – one year after the breach

By Fred O'Connor | February 15, 2019
The Weekly Cypher is curated to keep you up-to-date on the latest in biometric and cybersecurity news. Here are a few headlines you may have missed this week. Hacked MyFitnessPal data goes on sale on the Dark Web – one year after the breach | Fortune The MyFitnessPal app disclosed a data breach last year affecting […]
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What the government shutdown teaches us about cybersecurity

By John Callahan | February 13, 2019
The partial shutdown of the U.S. government last month prevented ranchers from applying for farm loans, Coast Guard personnel from getting paid and tourists from visiting the Smithsonian Institution. It also had an impact on cybersecurity. For example, the security certificates used by more than 130 US government websites expired, which made it easier for threat […]
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GDPR compliance lowers data breach frequency and impact says report

By Fred O'Connor | January 25, 2019
The Weekly Cypher is specially curated to keep you up-to-date on the latest in cybersecurity, biometrics, and related news and innovations. Here are a few of the headlines you might have missed this week. GDPR compliance lowers data breach frequency and impact says report | BleepingComputer As reported by Cisco in its Data Privacy Benchmark […]
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Shareholders demand Amazon end facial recognition sales to government

By Fred O'Connor | January 18, 2019
The Weekly Cypher is specially curated to keep you up-to-date on the latest in cybersecurity, biometrics, and related news and innovations. Here are a few of the headlines you might have missed this week. Shareholders demand Amazon end facial recognition sales to government| Cnet Concerns about Amazon’s facial recognition program have now reached the company’s […]
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Exposed passwords, insider threats and phishing attacks: A review authentication threats in 2018

By Fred O'Connor | January 16, 2019
To help companies better understand how authentication threats impacted businesses in 2018, Veridium compiled data on security incidents involving user credentials. We looked for statistics around how many passwords were exposed in data breaches, how many people fell for phishing scams and how much money insider threats cost organizations. We picked these areas since password […]
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Researchers develop artificial fingerprints, claiming they could hack into a third of smartphones

By Fred O'Connor | January 4, 2019
The Weekly Cypher is specially curated to keep you up-to-date on the latest in cybersecurity, biometrics, and related news and innovations. Here are a few of the headlines you might have missed this week. Researchers develop artificial fingerprints, claiming they could hack into a third of smartphones | CNBC Researchers from NYU and Michigan State have generated […]
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