Maria Korolov

Contributing Writer

Maria Korolov has been covering emerging technology and emerging markets for the past twenty years. She has reported from Russia, India, and Afghanistan, and recently returned to the United States after running a news bureau in China for five years

Cyberespionage, ransomware big gainers in new Verizon breach report

Cyberespionage, ransomware big gainers in new Verizon breach report

Verizon released its tenth annual breach report this morning, and cyberespionage and ransomware were the big gainers in 2016. Cyberspionage accounted for 21 percent of cases analyzed, up from 13 percent last year, and was the most...

Latest OWASP Top 10 looks at APIs, web apps

Latest OWASP Top 10 looks at APIs, web apps

The new release of the OWASP Top 10 list is out from the Open Web Application Security Project, and while most of it remains the same there are a couple of new additions, focusing on protections for web applications and APIs

What it takes to become a data security strategist

What it takes to become a data security strategist

Data security strategist is a fast-growing career, and one that will get even hotter as data from AI and IoT inititiatives pours into enterprises.

What it takes to become a security systems administrator

What it takes to become a security systems administrator

There are many more openings for security systems administrators than qualified applicants. That creates opportunities for IT professionals willing to get the training and certification.

Here's where to buy the Bitcoins to pay a ransom

Here's where to buy the Bitcoins to pay a ransom

Ransomware grew into a $1 billion industry last year, and ransom payments now account for nearly 10 percent of the entire Bitcoin economy. Avoiding becoming part of that statistic requires good endpoint security and effective backups....

After Amazon outage, HealthExpense worries about cloud lock-in

After Amazon outage, HealthExpense worries about cloud lock-in

Financial services companies as popular targets of cybercriminals for the obvious reason -- they're where the money's at. And health care companies have medical records, which are very valuable on the black market since the...

Expert: NY breach report highlights third-party risk

New York reported a record high number of breaches last year, just after a new set of cybersecurity regulations went into effect in the state.

Bitcoin rise fuels social media scams

Bitcoin rise fuels social media scams

The price of a single Bitcoin passed that of an ounce of gold for the first time this month, and scammers were quick to get in on the action with Ponzi schemes and phishing sites spread via social media.

Experts: US needs a federal CISO

Experts: US needs a federal CISO

Last week, the Trump administration announced the appointment of a White House cybersecurity coordinator. That's a good first step, security experts say, but the government also needs to have a federal CISO

Experts divided on value of Cyber National Guard

Experts divided on value of Cyber National Guard

This past weekend at SXSW, two Congressmen suggested that the U.S. create a cybersecurity reserves system, similar to the National Guard, but the idea has received a mixed welcome from the cybersecurity community

Expert: Apple may have deployed unauthorized patch by mistake

Expert: Apple may have deployed unauthorized patch by mistake

Last month, reports came out that Apple accidentally installed a fake firmware patch on internal development servers. That's a lesson to all companies to be careful about where they get their patches.

Danes targeted by malware spread through Dropbox

Danes targeted by malware spread through Dropbox

Earlier this week, Danish-speaking users were hit by malware spread through Dropbox, but the company responded quickly to shut down the attack

Researchers link Middle East attacks to new victim in Europe

Researchers link Middle East attacks to new victim in Europe

Kaspersky Labs announced new research this morning that shows some links between the massive Shamoon attack that took down 35,000 computers in Saudia Arabia to a new attack against a target in Europe

Infosec mourns over Howard Schmidt, who helped make the country a safer place

Infosec mourns over Howard Schmidt, who helped make the country a safer place

Howard Schmidt advised both President Brack Obama and George W. Bush on cybersecurity. He was a CSO at Microsoft and a CISO at eBay. He led several industry groups, and wrote books on cybersecurity. But when security professionals...

Global cybercrime prosecution a patchwork of alliances

Global cybercrime prosecution a patchwork of alliances

Global efforts to combat cybercrime are built on a patchwork of alliances, taskforces and personal relationships.

New financial regulations go into effect in New York

New financial regulations go into effect in New York

On March 1, new regulations go into effect in New York State, requiring that all regulated financial services institutions have a cybersecurity program in place, appoint a Chief Information Security Officer, and monitor the...

Report: some small cities have surprisingly high number of exposed devices

Report: some small cities have surprisingly high number of exposed devices

This morning, Trend Micro released a report about the exposed cyberassets in the top U.S. cities and most critical industry segments -- and in many cases, it was the smaller municipalities that had the largest number of problems.

Quarter of firms can't fill open infosec positions

Quarter of firms can't fill open infosec positions

The information security industry hasn't made any significant strides in addressing the workforce shortage, according to a report released this morning by ISACA.

Criminals release fewer new types of malware last year, double down on ransomware

Criminals release fewer new types of malware last year, double down on ransomware

Cybercriminals have been producing fewer new kinds of malware last year -- but that's because they're so busy raking in the money from their ransomware attacks. The number of unique malware samples discovered last year was 60 million,...

AI isn't just for the good guys anymore

AI isn't just for the good guys anymore

Criminals are beginning to use artificial intelligence and machine learning to get around cyber defenses

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