The study released Monday by the security firm Emsisoft said ransomware attacks — which encrypt and disable computer systems while demanding a ransom — affected 113 federal, state and municipal governments, 560 health facilities and 1,681 schools, colleges and universities last year. “The attacks caused significant, and sometimes life-threatening, disruption: ambulances carrying emergency patients had…

WhatsApp has been in the news recently after changes to its privacy policy caused a surge of interest in rival messaging app Signal. Initial reports may have worried a lot of folks, leading to inevitable clarifications and corrections. But what, you may ask, actually happened? Is there a problem? Are you at risk? Or should…

In a lawsuit filed in Portugal, Facebook Inc. and Facebook Ireland seek permanent injunction against the two for violation of the social media platform’s terms of service and Portugal’s Database Protection Law. The social media giant says that the two created browser extensions that they made available for download through the Chrome Web Store. The…

In 1555, Nostradamus published his famous Les Prophéties containing obfuscated prophecies for the world to come. Some believe that one of these predictions pertains to the year 2020 and it reads, in part: “The false trumpet concealing madness / will cause Byzantium to change its laws.” Yeah… I have no idea what that means either!…

The 5G ecosystem is reaching a level of technology maturity much more rapidly than earlier generations, enabling operators to develop network deployment and go to market strategies with mass-market appeal and scalable across evolving B2C, B2B and B2B2X business models. Strategy Analytics’ report reviews 5G commercial developments to date and provides recommendations to operators on…

iboss has raised $145 million in new funding. The financing will be used to support the company’s growth as organizations increasingly recognize iboss as the leading provider of cutting-edge network security through the cloud. The new funding comes as the pandemic has accelerated the ongoing shift to cloud-based cybersecurity providers. As organizations of all sizes…

Cybersecurity is an arms race, with defensive tools and training pushing threat actors to adopt even more sophisticated and evasive intrusion techniques as they attempt to gain a foothold in victim networks. Most modern endpoint protection (EPP) services are capable of easily identifying traditional malware payloads as they are downloaded and saved on the endpoint,…

The year 2020 has given us a contentious U.S. election, a global economic crisis, and most notably a global pandemic. Disinformation has wreaked havoc in our ability to discern fact from truth, ransomware has been delivering ever more serious consequences, and insider leaks continue to validate privacy concerns despite increased adoption of privacy laws across…

The migration toward subscription-based services via the SaaS business model isn’t new this year — it’s part of a larger shift away from on-premises datacenters, applications, etc., that has been underway for years. The pandemic accelerated the shift, boosting SaaS subscriptions as companies looked for virtual collaboration and meeting tools. What is new on a…