The latest ISMG Security Report features the fallibility of ransomware gangs and why victims should always seek help from a reputable response firm, law enforcement or other qualified expert. Also featured: Data protection advice and why the remote work model might make securing data easier.
CISA announced that Washington Secretary of State Kim Wyman will be the agency's senior election security lead. She will become a top security official within the Biden administration, inheriting a role that has garnered public attention following interference in 2016 and fraud claims in 2020.
The U.S. Department of State will create a Bureau of Cyberspace and Digital Policy, led by a Senate-confirmed ambassador-at-large, to advance its cybersecurity diplomacy efforts, according to Secretary of State Antony Blinken. The move is a response to a challenging global threat landscape.
Will the notorious ransomware operation known as REvil, aka Sodinokibi, reboot yet again after someone apparently messed with its infrastructure? Experts suggest that the operation's brand is burned, and administrators will launch a new group. Many affiliates, meanwhile, already work with multiple groups.
The operators behind Groove ransomware are calling on other extortion gangs to join forces to attack the U.S. public sector, according to chatter seen on underground forums, reports malware research organization vx-underground, citing a blog posted by the gang on a Russian site.
Findings from CyberTheory's 2021 Third Quarter Review indicate that criminals are exploiting the open-source supply chain, and those exploits are proving much more difficult to identify, defend and stop in terms of complexity and depth than we've seen before, says CyberTheory's director, Steve King.
Who's been launching distributed denial-of-service attacks against ransomware operators' sites and cybercrime markets? Disrupting ransomware operations that rely on Tor-based data leak sites and payment portals for double extortion is an obvious move for cutting into their profits.
The actor behind the cyberattack targeting SolarWinds customers - Nobelium - is continuing its campaign to target the global IT supply chain, according to a new advisory from Microsoft, which says 140 resellers and tech service providers have been notified that they have been targeted by the group.
While ransomware might be today's top cybercrime boogeyman, attackers aren't infallible. The latest example: Errors in DarkSide - and its BlackMatter rebrand - enabled security experts to quietly decrypt many victims' files for free, saving millions in potential ransom payments.
The latest edition of the ISMG Security Report features an analysis of whether businesses are stepping up their ransomware defenses in response to several warnings released by the U.S. and U.K. governments highlighting the threat posed to infrastructure. Also featured are the Thingiverse data breach and airline fraud...
In a busy congressional day for cybersecurity legislation, the U.S. House of Representatives passed several bills on Wednesday, targeting both software supply chain and telecommunication system security. One observer describes them as "a win-win for the government and U.S. citizens."
When a business, government agency or other organization hit by ransomware opted to pay a ransom to its attacker in Q3, the average payment was $140,000, reports ransomware incident response firm Coveware. It says the attack landscape has seen some notable shifts since the Colonial Pipeline attack.
Is there any bigger cybercrime soap opera than the life and times of ransomware operators? Take the REvil, aka Sodinokibi, ransomware-as-a-service operation, which feels like it's disappeared and reappeared more times than the secret, identical twin of the protagonist in your favorite melodrama.
A spate of ransomware incidents affecting the education sector has led to the loss of student coursework, financial records and data relating to COVID-19 testing. Matthew Trump, senior IT security officer for the University of London, U.K., outlines incident response strategies.
After being targeted by a ransomware attack in March 2021, Acer, one of the world's largest PC and device makers, has now suffered two further cyberattacks within a week. DESORDEN threat actors are reported to have claimed responsibility for the attacks.