Ransomware victims who opted to pay for the promise of a decryption key forked over an average of $6,733 in the fourth quarter of 2018, according to ransomware incident response firm Coveware. It says strains such as SamSam and Ryuk, which demand higher-than-average ransoms, are increasingly common.
The notorious xDedic Marketplace Russian-language cybercrime forum and shop remains offline following an international police takedown. Security experts expect xDedic customers to shift to UAS, a rival darknet market that also specializes in stolen and hacked remote desktop protocol credentials.
Airbus says it suffered a hack attack, leading to a breach of "contact and IT identification details" for at least some of its EU employees. The aerospace giant says its investigation continues and that it has notified European privacy authorities, per GDPR requirements.
Efforts to exploit U.S. election security continue, and China, Russia, Iran and North Korea's "cyber espionage, attack and influence capabilities" pose an increasing threat, Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats told the Senate Intelligence Committee.
Despite the value of cryptocurrency plummeting since 2017, cybercriminals and rogue nations are still using it to launder funds. One recently discovered scheme designed to evade AML detection is "crypto dusting," according to CipherTrace's Dave Jevans.
Japan plans to identity vulnerable internet of things devices the same way hackers do: by trying to log into them. The country wants to gauge its cybersecurity readiness for next year when it hosts the summer Olympics. If vulnerable devices are found, the plan is to notify device owners.
Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential elections has led to 199 criminal charges, 37 indictments or guilty pleas and four prison sentences so far. But some key questions remain unanswered.
Roger Stone Jr., a longtime political adviser to President Donald Trump, has been arrested as part of Robert Mueller's Russian interference probe. Stone has been accused of lying to Congress about his communications with WikiLeaks over stolen Democratic Party documents and emails it published.
FBI agents say the government shutdown is impeding their investigations, including cybersecurity probes, with the lack of funding compromising their ability to pay confidential informants and obtain warrants or subpoenas.
As the value of cryptocurrency has plummeted, so too have the number of cryptomining infections being seen in the wild, reports security firm Malwarebytes. Taking its place, however, are criminals wielding advanced malware such as Emotet and Trickbot.
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security says executive branch agencies are being targeted by attacks aimed at modifying Domain Name System records, which are critical for locating websites and services. The warning comes as security companies have noticed a rise in DNS attacks.
Fresh strains of ransomware are being distributed by attackers who gain remote access to organizations' networks to infect them with Phobos, as well as via cracked-software sites that share adware installers inside which STOP ransomware has been hidden.
Banks in West Africa have been targeted by at least four hacking campaigns since mid-2017, with online attackers wielding commoditized attack tools and "living off the land" tactics to disguise their efforts, Symantec warns.