Is it any wonder that criminals keep flocking to ransomware when their individual haul from a well-executed digital heist can be worth $11 million? That's the amount paid to the REvil ransomware gang by meatpacker JBS USA, after its systems were crypto-locked on May 30.
Colonial Pipeline Co. CEO Joseph Blount returned to Capitol Hill on Wednesday to answer additional questions about his company's response to the ransomware attack that affected the firm's operations for nearly a week, as well as his decision to pay the attackers.
Researchers have uncovered an ongoing campaign by a Chinese advanced persistent threat group that has spent the last three years testing and refining a custom backdoor in its arsenal to conduct espionage campaigns targeting governments in Southeast Asia.
The Biden administration has rescinded a number of Trump-era executive orders that banned social media apps such as TikTok and WeChat from the U.S. over national security concerns. Instead, the Commerce Department will conduct a security review of all Chinese-made apps and the data they collect.
CISA is preparing to expand its vulnerability research and disclosure program, which is now mandatory for nearly all executive branch agencies, by creating a vulnerability disclosure platform service. As part of this effort, the cybersecurity agency is partnering with Bugcrowd and EnDyna.
Ransomware attacks have evolved over the years as attackers have come out with new strategies for digital extortion, says Chris Novak, global director of the Threat Research Advisory Center at Verizon Business Group. He shares insight from the Verizon 2021 Data Breach Investigations Report.
The U.S. Justice Department reported it recouped $2.3 million of the $4.4 million ransom Colonial Pipeline Co. paid following a May 7 ransomware attack. The DOJ's Ransomware and Digital Extortion Task Force coordinated the effort, in which the FBI tracked payment to a bitcoin wallet it controls.
U.S. Justice Department prosecutors have charged a 55-year-old Latvian woman with helping to develop code for the Trickbot gang as well as stealing banking credentials and deploying ransomware, according to a federal indictment. Alla Witte faces more than 30 years in prison if convicted.
If you're a Russian cybercrime gang feeling the heat after being sanctioned by the U.S. government, why not rebrand? So goes an apparent move by Evil Corp to disguise its WastedLocker ransomware as rival gang Babuk's PayloadBin, so any ransom payers won't think they're violating U.S. sanctions.
In response to a string of high-profile and damaging ransomware attacks that took place over the past several months, the Biden administration sent an open letter to U.S. business leaders asking them to take the proper steps to protect their organizations from ransomware.
The ransomware attack that disrupted operations at meat processing giant JBS has exposed cybersecurity shortcomings in the U.S. agricultural sector and food supply chain. Experts say the industry demands the level of security scrutiny given to the electrical grid and other critical infrastructure.
Election security improvements, the push for all software to ship with a "bill of materials" and the results of a long-running investigation into a lucrative digital advertising scam are among the latest cybersecurity topics to be featured for analysis by a panel of Information Security Media Group editors.
The White House has written to business leaders, urging them to prioritize having robust ransomware defenses in place. The move comes as the Biden administration pursues multiple strategies to combat ransomware and digital extortion, including ordering a new task force to coordinate all federal investigations.
The latest edition of the ISMG Security Report details the ongoing wave of ransomware attacks, including the disruption of JBS, the world's largest supplier of meat. Also featured are police busting criminals who formerly used the EncroChat communications network and the strategies for filling the cyber skills gap.
The FBI has attributed the ransomware attack against meat processing giant JBS to the REvil - aka Sodinokibi - ransomware-as-a-service operation. Security experts say the operation, which dates from 2019, appears to be run from Russia, and has been hitting increasingly large targets.