The U.S. government has released additional details that it says further prove that an "Iranian group" sent a series of threatening emails to some Democratic voters in the weeks leading up to the 2020 elections, as part of a disinformation campaign designed to sow confusion.
The data dump of citizens' election information following a ransomware attack against a county in Georgia is likely to raise concerns about the integrity of this year's vote, some security experts say.
The latest edition of the ISMG Security Report features a discussion with FBI Agent Elvis Chan on the cyber disruptions to expect immediately after the Nov. 3 U.S. election. Also featured: smart lock security flaws; cryptocurrency-funded crimes in 2021.
Turla, a hacking group based in Russia, is deploying a revamped set of customized tools to target potential victims, including a European government agency, for its espionage campaigns, according to Accenture.
To this point, the focus of ransomware defenses has been on detection. But Michael Leworthy of Veeam says it's time to shift to protection - and even recovery. And backups, he says, are now the critical battlefield in this war.
The operators behind the Ryuk strain of malware are increasingly relying on a malware-as-a-service tool - the Buer loader - to deliver the malware, rather than botnets such as Trickbot and Emotet, the security firm Sophos reports.
FBI agent Elvis Chan has dedicated the past four years to ensuring U.S. election security. With the Nov. 3 election less than a week away, he opens up on concerns about Russian, Chinese and Iranian interference and threats he'll be watching before and after the vote.
The imperative for CISOs during the COVID-19 pandemic is to do more with less. While disruptive attacks - as well as privacy concerns - keep rising, budgets are down. As organizations rapidly adopt new technologies, however, EY's Kris Lovejoy says CISOs must seize the opportunity to streamline.
The U.S. Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency and the FBI have issued an alert providing details on the activities of a North Korean hacking group dubbed Kimsuky. The group, which has primarily focused on South Korean targets, has also conducted espionage campaigns in the U.S. and Japan.
Online disinformation campaigns by nation-state actors are the biggest cyberthreat to the U.S. election as hackers attempt to influence final vote tallies as a way to undermine confidence, according to a Digital Shadows report. Russian hackers are most active, followed by Iran and China.