The attack sounds ripped from an episode of TV show "24": Hackers have infiltrated a government network, and they're days away from unleashing ransomware. Unfortunately for Florence, a city in Alabama, no one saved the day, and officials are sending $300,000 in bitcoins to attackers for a decryption key.
The latest edition of the ISMG Security Report discusses Europol's launch of the European Financial and Economic Crime Center, and also details the London Met's perspective on recent cybercrime trends, and to need to maintain a paper audit trail for mobile voting.
The National Security Agency and U.S. Cyber Command are ramping up to offer security protection during the presidential election in November. The program, called Cyber 9-Line, will be utilizing National Guard troops trained in cybersecurity.
Carnegie Mellon University Software Engineering Institute's CERT notification center has posted a warning of a flaw in the Universal Plug and Play protocol that could potentially affect billions of internet-connected devices. If exploited, this flaw could lead to DDoS attacks and theft of data.
Europe is targeting financial and economic crime, including fraud and money laundering, via the new European Financial and Economic Crime Center, hosted by the EU's law enforcement intelligence agency Europol. Officials say the launch of such a center during the COVID-19 pandemic is no accident.
Perceived wisdom is that mobile voting will be open to significant opportunities for interception, manipulation and nation-state interference. Nimit Sawney, CEO of Voatz, describes the architecture of a secure mobile voting system.
Surveillance researchers at Citizen Lab have tied thousands of "Dark Basin" corporate espionage phishing attacks to a small Indian cybersecurity firm called BellTroX InfoTech Services. It's led by Sumit Gupta, who was indicted by the U.S. in 2015 for criminal hacking on behalf of private investigators.
Ransomware gangs keep innovating: Maze has begun leaking data on behalf of both Lockbit and RagnarLocker, while REvil has started auctioning data - from victims who don't meet its ransom demands - to the highest bidder. Thankfully, security experts continue to release free decryptors for some strains.
The prolific Maze ransomware gang has been tied to yet more attacks, including against Singapore-based defense contractor ST Engineering's North American subsidiary, VT San Antonio Aerospace. Separately, the ransomware gang breached systems at nuclear missile contractor Westech.
The Maze ransomware gang is hosting and promoting data stolen by other ransomware operators on its "Maze News" website, according to IBM researchers, who are concerned this could be a sign of growing collaboration among cybercrime groups.
The shift to working from home during the COVID-19 pandemic has led to an increase in mobile phishing campaigns, with attackers targeting remote workers whose devices lack adequate security protections, according to the security firm Lookout. Many of these campaigns are designed to steal users' banking credentials.
Not all data breaches are what they might seem, and not all leakers are who they might claim to be. Take the doxing of the Minneapolis Police Department, supposedly by Anonymous hacktivists: The leaked employee information was almost certainly culled from old breaches. So who did it, and why?
The developers behind TrickBot have updated it to run from an infected device's memory to help better avoid detection, according to researchers at Palo Alto Network's Unit 42. The use of this malware has increased during the COVID-19 pandemic.
A New York City man is facing federal charges after FBI agents arrested him at John F. Kennedy Airport with a PC allegedly containing thousands of stolen credit card numbers. Prosecutors also believe the suspect used bitcoin to launder illicit funds.