Fahmida brings over a decade of IT security news reporting along with ten years of network administration and software development to Decipher. Every security story has a human face, and her goal is to bring those stories to light. As the senior managing editor of Decipher, she will focus on ways security can impact how people live, work, and play. She enjoys working on stories that speak to those outside the security industry, highlighting the intersection of security and other technology areas. Over the years, she has seen enough to make her overzealous about her personal threat-model, but she doesn’t hold it against anyone for having a more relaxed worldview.
Recent ESET research shows a staggering increase in the number of attacks against Remote Desktop Protocol in 2020--a clear sign of how effective the method is when breaching networks and compromising machines.
The White House promised to make cybersecurity a top priority and in its first month has begun responding to the massive SolarWinds hack and appointed several people with national security experience who have also previously worked on cybersecurity issues to the Biden Administration.
The Public Interest Registry launched the DNS Abuse Institute to coordinate efforts by domain registrars and internet registries to stomp out abuses of the domain name system.
Thanks to all the data breaches and security incidents over the last few years, attackers are sitting on a gold mine of valuable credentials information which they can use to launch credential-stuffing attacks against major Web services and other applications.
Proofpoint and Facebook are in court fighting over how to handle the problem of domains that impersonate well-known brands, highlighting the difficulty in differentiating malicious activity and security awareness.