Password manager company, Dashlane, has added a twist with its list of the “Worst Password Offenders” of 2017, naming high-profile people and organizations that fell into the bad-password trap. President Trump was deemed the worst offender, primarily because of simple passwords reportedly used by cabinet members and policy directors. Outside parties were also the culprits for the Department of Defense, specifically for its contractor, Booz Allen, as well as the Republican Party (stemming from a careless data analytics firm). Paul Manafort, for using “Bond007” as a password, and Sean Spicer, for apparently tweeting his passwords, also came in for scorn.
A hacker grouped named Dragonfly 2.0 has gained access to several companies that supply electricity to the U.S. power grid, according to Symantec. The new wave of cyberattacks could give attackers the means to severely disrupt affected operations centers in Europe and North America. Dragonfly 2.0 has been in operation since at least 2011 and is linked to the Russian government.
The increasing sophistication of cyberattacks and the emerging threat of ransomware are placing a new premium not only on high-level technical skills but on bold, effective leadership. “Each day, the cyber threat landscape changes, and our attackers are unrelenting,” said Rob Potter, vice president of the Americas for Symantec. Cyber leadership must face these evolving threats […]
The 2016 Symantec Government Symposium is coming up on Aug. 30, and its awards program, the Cyber Awards, deadline is quickly approaching–June 1 at 5 p.m. ET. The Cyber Awards recognize individuals who show excellence and leadership in government cybersecurity through their personal contributions to programs that protect critical data and systems. Nominees go above and […]
Cyber criminal attack groups have increased their skills, staff, and resources in the past year, making their capabilities close to those of nation-state attackers, according to a Symantec cybersecurity report. Symantec’s 2016 Internet Security Threat Report (ISTR), released Tuesday, provides an overview and analysis of the past year in global threat activity, including emerging trends […]