The year is ending with a cybersecurity bang - not whimper - due to the widespread prevalence of the Apache Log4j vulnerability. Researchers warn that at least 40% of corporate networks have been targeted by attackers seeking to exploit the flaw. More than 250 vendors have already issued security advisories.
The Biden administration has announced that the U.S. and several allies have aligned to create the Export Controls and Human Rights Initiative, which puts stricter criteria around the export of certain offensive cyber tools, particularly those that end up in the hands of authoritarian regimes.
The U.K. High Court has upheld the U.S. government's request to extradite WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, after receiving assurances about the conditions in which the 50-year-old would be held. Assange reportedly plans to appeal the ruling.
The latest edition of the ISMG Security Report features an analysis of how the U.S. military has been "imposing costs" on ransomware groups. Also featured: a twist in the case of the Missouri governor vs. an alleged "hacker," and CyberTheory's Steve King on "why Zero Trust?"
Ifigeneia Lella, cybersecurity officer at ENISA describes findings from the agency's Threat Landscape 2021 report, which assesses the motives, capabilities, targeting and evolution of four different types of threat actors: state-sponsored, cybercrime actors, hacker-for-hire actors and hacktivists.
Since Emotet malware returned last month, it's been dropping the Cobalt Strike penetration-testing tool directly onto infected endpoints shortly after infection, researchers say. The move could be a bid to more rapidly identify high-value systems for targeting with ransomware, some experts warn.
A botnet operation called Glupteba has been disrupted by Google's Threat Analysis Group. The botnet targeted more than 1 million Microsoft Windows users in the U.S, India, Brazil and Southeast Asia. Also, Google has filed a lawsuit against two Russians alleged to be the botnet's operators.
A U.S. federal court in Virginia has paved the way for Microsoft to disrupt the activities of China-based hacking group Nickel. Microsoft will target websites that the threat actor uses to gather intelligence from government agencies, think tanks and human rights organizations.
A suspected Russian group blamed for the SolarWinds compromise in 2020 is continuing to innovate and is infiltrating technology services and resellers, according to a new report from Mandiant. Mandiant says the group, which it calls UNC2452 and Microsoft calls Nobelium, practices "top-notch operational security."
The FBI has seized 39.9 bitcoins worth $2.3 million from an alleged affiliate of the notorious REvil - aka Sodinokibi - ransomware group. A forfeiture notice filed by the government accuses Russian national Aleksandr Sikerin of having amassed the cryptocurrency via victims' ransom payments.
An Iranian attacker has been targeting users who have failed to patch a remote code execution vulnerability in a Microsoft browser engine to spy on Farsi-speaking victims, paralleling a similar campaign being run by North Korean attackers, researchers warn.
The Israeli government's Ministry of Defense reportedly has cut the list of countries to which Israeli companies’ cyber spyware can be exported from 102 to 37, reducing Israel's surveillance tool export market by two-thirds. The list specifically restricts doing business with those involved in offensive cyber.
The latest edition of the ISMG Security Report features an analysis of how organizations can reduce risk especially over holidays and weekends, when attackers are most likely to strike. Also featured: Highlights from Ireland's IRISSCON 2021 cybercrime conference; what's ahead for COVID-19 and the workplace?
The NSO Group is the target of a lawsuit filed by Apple, which alleges that the spyware maker abused Apple's products and services to carry out spying operations. The news follows the NSO Group's blacklisting by the U.S. government, a score downgrade by Moody's, and a reportedly failed deal with France.