A North Korean hacking group tracked by cybersecurity firm Proofpoint as TA444 in December unleashed a torrent of spam in a bid to harvest credentials - evidence of a hacking group that mirrors "startup culture in its devotion to the dollar and to the grind."
The total amount of ransom payments being sent by victims to ransomware groups appears to have taken a big dip, declining by 40% from $766 million in 2021 to $457 million in 2022 due to victims simply being unwilling to pay, blockchain intelligence firm Chainalysis reports.
The notorious LockBit 3.0 ransomware group runs just like a business, focusing on recruiting top talent and maintaining an advanced product - which has led to the group's longevity. But the operators' insecurities could be key to the group's undoing, says security researcher Jon DiMaggio.
Trend Micro spotted operators of the Gootkit malware loader targeting the Australian healthcare sector. Trend Micro doesn't assert the Gootkit campaign is behind a ransomware attack against the country's largest private health insurer but says the "recent campaign might remind us of this incident."
Rackspace says the ransomware-wielding attackers who disrupted its hosted Microsoft Exchange Server environment last month wielded a zero-day exploit, described by CrowdStrike as being "a previously undisclosed exploit method for Exchange," to gain remote, direct access to servers it hosted.
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Researchers uncovered thousands of Citrix servers that are vulnerable to two critical flaws, one of which is being actively exploited by nation-state hackers. Netgear also warned its customers about a denial-of-service vulnerability affecting some of its devices.
Many ransomware-wielding attackers are expert at preying on their victims' compulsion to clean up the mess. Witness victims' continuing willingness to pay a ransom - separate to a decryptor - in return from a promise from extortionists that they will delete stolen data. As if.
According to Accenture Security's Cyber Threat Intelligence team, information stealer malware - malicious software designed to steal information, including passwords - became one of the most discussed malware types on the cybercriminal underground in 2022.
Expel has released its latest quarterly threat report, which looks at continued identity-based attacks and the impact of MFA fatigue. Jon Hencinski shares insights on attack trends, gaps in compensating controls and what to look for in pre-ransomware activity.
California hospital operator Scripps Health has agreed to pay $3.57 million in "minimum cash settlements" of $100 per victim, plus some additional types of expenses, to settle a class-action lawsuit filed by victims of a 2021 data breach perpetrated by ransomware-wielding attackers.
Hackers stole and leaked personal data for nearly 270,000 patients and employees of Louisiana's Lake Charles Memorial Health System as part of a ransomware attack for which Hive claimed credit. Patients and regulators have just been informed about the October attack.
ChatGPT, an AI-based chatbot that specializes in dialogue, is raising concern among security professionals about how criminals could use cheap, accessible natural language AI to write convincing phishing emails and pull off nefarious deepfake scams. Peter Cassidy discusses the implications.
Everyone knows why criminals rob banks. But since most robbers are operating remotely, which tactics are cybercriminals actually employing and how often are they successful? Too often, it seems, thanks to phishing attacks, money laundering, ATM skimmers, malware and more.