Good news on the ransomware front: The average ransom paid by a victim dropped by 38% from Q1 to Q2, reaching $136,576, reports ransomware incident response firm Coveware. In addition, fewer victims are paying a ransom simply for a promise from attackers to delete stolen data.
Can NSO Group and other commercial spyware vendors survive the latest revelations into how their tools get used? The Israeli firm is again being accused of selling spyware to repressive regimes, facilitating the surveillance of journalists, political opponents, business executives and even world leaders.
Threat intelligence researchers are looking closely at REvil, the ransomware gang that infected up to 1,500 companies in a single swoop. A look at the group's online infrastructure shows clear lines to Russian and U.K. service providers that, in theory, could help law enforcement agencies but don't appear eager to...
As ransomware attacks become more prolific, their success is being driven by the increasing use of specialists who can refine every stage of an attack. It's a reminder that the goal of cybercrime remains to maximize illicit profits as easily and quickly as possible.
Ransomware-wielding criminals continue to hone their illicit business models, as demonstrated by the strike against customers of Kaseya. A full postmortem of the attack has yet to be issued, but one question sure to be leveled at the software vendor is this: Should it have fixed the flaw more quickly?
In its latest quarterly fraud and payments report, Outseer notes a 58% increase in brand abuse - a trend that's only going to grow, says COO Jim Ducharme. He analyzes this and other fraud trends, including how to reduce fraud without compromising user experience.
The code used to build copies of Babuk ransomware - to infect victims with the crypto-locking malware - has been leaked, after someone posted the software to virus-scanning service VirusTotal. Whether the leak was intentional - perhaps a rival gang seeking to burn the operation - remains unclear.
Owners of Western Digital My Book Live devices have seen their data remotely wiped by attackers targeting a flaw first detailed in 2019. But WD stopped supporting these devices in 2015, which is a reminder that the best way to secure some types of internet of things devices may be to discard them.
Based on Russian-language cybercrime chatter, "fear" likely drove the lucrative Avaddon ransomware-as-a-service operation to announce its retirement as the U.S. exerts increasing diplomatic pressure on Moscow to disrupt such activity, experts say. But are criminals simply laying low until the heat dies down?
Organizations are connecting to industrial control networks at an increasing pace. The need to connect to the IT environment, cloud applications and remote workers has created a definitive gap by eroding the demilitarized zone. Because of this, organizations must deploy new ways to secure operational technology...
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For anyone wondering how the Russian-speaking, ransomware-wielding DarkSide crime syndicate was able to disrupt a major U.S. fuel pipeline, a more pertinent question might be: Why didn’t it happen sooner?
Dan Kaminsky, a renowned security researcher, died last week at age 42. He gained cybersecurity fame in 2008 after discovering and helping to coordinate a patch for a massive security flaw in the internet's Domain Name System.
Ireland's privacy regulator has launched an investigation into Facebook after personal information for 533 million of the social network's users appeared for sale online. It will analyze whether Facebook violated the country's data protection law or the EU's General Data Protection Regulation.