Ransomware-wielding attackers love to lie to victims. But REvil - aka Sodinokibi - has reportedly been running double negotiations to make affiliates think a victim hasn't paid a ransom, using a backdoor in the malware that allows administrators to decrypt victims' systems, so affiliates don't get their cut.
During testimony before a U.S. Senate committee hearing Thursday, CISA Director Jen Easterly told lawmakers that a recent joint alert issued by her agency, the FBI and the Coast Guard Cyber Command stemmed from an attempted attack against the Port of Houston in August.
Four editors at Information Security Media Group discuss important cybersecurity issues, including the rise of quadruple extortion attacks employed by ransomware gangs, the FBI reportedly withholding the Kaseya ransomware decryption key for weeks, and raising security posture during a pandemic.
The latest edition of the ISMG Security Report features an analysis of how the U.S. government has been tracking an increase in the pace of attacks tied to Conti ransomware. Also featured are what "protection" means today and building a new cybersecurity operating model.
Republican lawmakers have expressed additional concerns around Chinese telecom giant Huawei to the nation's top diplomat. In a letter to Secretary of State Antony Blinken, Sen. Tom Cotton and Rep. Mike Gallagher outline Huawei's global cloud services and seek answers on privacy concerns.
The pace of Conti ransomware attacks has been increasing, with more than 400 organizations globally having fallen victim, warns a joint cybersecurity advisory from the U.S. Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, FBI and National Security Agency, which details essential defenses.
U.S. FBI and Department of Homeland Security leaders fielded several cybersecurity questions from House lawmakers Wednesday, particularly around the surge in ransomware attacks, diplomatic efforts to curb ransomware's financial model, and the nation-states that harbor cybercriminals.
A Russian-linked group known as Turla has been deploying a secondary backdoor against numerous targets to maintain persistence within compromised devices even after the primary malware has been discovered and removed, Cisco Talos report. Victims include U.S., German and Afghan organizations.
The U.S. Department of the Treasury has blacklisted Russia-based cryptocurrency exchange Suex for allegedly laundering tens of millions of dollars for ransomware operators, scammers and darknet markets. It is the first such designation for a virtual currency exchange.
Marketron Broadcast Solutions was hit over the weekend by a ransomware attack launched by the BlackMatter gang, and the attack has taken down a number of the marketing firm's products. Marketron is currently in talks with its attacker.
FBI Director Christopher Wray faced questions during a Senate hearing Tuesday concerning a published report that the bureau for almost three weeks withheld a decryption key that agents obtained from the ransomware gang that targeted software firm Kaseya.
Earlier this month, McAfee Enterprise's Advanced Threat Research team, working with McAfee's Professional Services IR team, reported that an APT campaign dubbed Operation Harvest had been in operation for years. Their analysis provides insight into the group's tools, tactics and techniques.
Like his peer CISOs, Amit Basu of International Seaways is concerned about complexity and the shifting landscape. But not just the threat landscape – he also is challenged by the shifting dynamics of business priorities and processes, as well as what "protection" in this new environment now entails.
The Biden administration may soon unveil plans to curtail the ransomware attacks that have crippled corporate networks this year. According to a report from The Wall Street Journal, the Treasury Department will announce sanctions and similar guidance designed to disrupt the ransomware model.
Score one for the good guys in the fight against ransomware: Anyone who fell victim to REvil, aka Sodinokibi, crypto-locking malware before July 13 can now decrypt their files for free, thanks to a decryptor released by security firm Bitdefender.