The cybersecurity community had been holding its breath in anticipation of mass attacks targeting the severe BlueKeep vulnerability in Windows, which Microsoft has patched. The first in-the-wild exploits have now been seen, although they don't appear to constitute an emergency - at least yet.
Many ransomware-wielding attackers continue to hack into organizations via remote desktop protocol. But some Sodinokibi ransomware-as-a-service affiliates have shifted instead to targeting victims via botnets, saying hackers' use of RDP exploits has grown too common.
Ransomware continues to be a highly profitable cybercrime. Ransomware incident response firm Coveware reports that for the third quarter of this year, the average ransom amount paid was $41,198, a six-fold increase from the same period last year, driven by strains such as Ryuk and Sodinokibi.
For Russian-speaking hackers, ransomware used to be taboo. But GandCrab killed all such ethical qualms, democratizing ransomware-as-a-service, paving the way for new profit-sharing schemes such as Sodinokibi and driving a new generation of attackers to master advanced hacking skills, a new report finds.
A trio of domain name registrars are mandating a password reset after a breach affecting about 22 million accounts occurred in late August. Web.com and two of its brands, Network Solutions and Register.com are contacting victims via email.
It's one thing to plan for a cybersecurity incident, but quite another to have proper insurance coverage to prepare for such an event. Mark Singer of Beazley shares an overview of the cyber insurance myths and realities.
FCC Chairman Ajit Pai is pushing a proposal that would ban U.S. telecommunications firms from using commission funds to buy equipment from companies deemed national security threats. The new rule would first target Chinese telecom companies Huawei and ZTE.
After months of appeals, Facebook has agreed to pay $643,000 to settle claims that it violated U.K. privacy laws by allowing Cambridge Analytica - a now-defunct digital marketer that focused, in part, on political campaigns - to access the personal data of 87 million of its users.
Facebook is suing NSO Group, a spyware company, alleging it developed a potent exploit to spy on WhatsApp messages sent by diplomats, journalists, human rights activists and political dissidents. Facebook is seeking damages and an injunction forbidding NSO Group from accessing its infrastructure.
Russian attack group Turla has been named and shamed for hijacking Iranian nation-state attackers' infrastructure. The aim of GCHQ and NSA's attribution is, in part, to make Turla's future cyber espionage efforts more costly and time-consuming.
Two new security incidents demonstrate how easily millions of customer records can be exposed. Researchers found an unsecured database containing records of customers of Adobe Creative Cloud. And Italy's UniCredit bank announced a "data incident" that exposed a file containing customer records.
Sen. Maggie Hassan, D-N.H., is demanding that the U.S. Government Accountability Office review how the Department of Homeland Security shares personal data with contractors following several recent security incidents in which such information was exposed.
Agile environments benefit from development platforms and open-source software, but that also raises the risks of attacks seeded in those supply chains, says Chet Wisniewski of Sophos, who describes steps that organizations can take to mitigate the risks.