Security experts say the notorious REvil - aka Sodinokibi - ransomware-as-a-service operation, which went dark in July, appears to be back in business. The group's data leak site and payment portal are back online, and one expert says the group appears to have begun amassing new victims.
The U.S. Department of Commerce this week announced the establishment of an artificial intelligence advisory committee set to counsel President Joe Biden and other federal agencies on issues ranging from privacy concerns to data security, along with global competition and inherent biases.
Nine months after discover of the attack that targeted SolarWinds and clients of its network monitoring tool, the incident continues to spur investigations into what happened. The SEC is reportedly probing those businesses involved, and lawmakers want answers about the breach of DOJ emails.
To start with, yes, the ransomware threat really is as serious as depicted in the news. But Adam Kujawa of Malwarebytes Labs believes there are actions – beyond endpoint protection – that organizations can take to reduce their risk of being the next high-profile victim.
A recently discovered backdoor named Sidewalk has been linked to Grayfly, the espionage arm of the China-linked group called APT41, and used to strike telcos and other organizations in the U.S., Taiwan, Vietnam and Mexico, Symantec researchers say.
Microsoft has disclosed details of a vulnerability that researchers at Palo Alto Networks have named "Azurescape" because the attacks start from a container escape technique. The flaw "could potentially allow a user to access other customers’ information in the ACI service," Microsoft says.
The possibility of a terrorist group launching a massive Sept. 11, 2001-scale cyberattack against the U.S. or an ally has been a concern for years, but cybersecurity pros with a background in intelligence and military affairs say such worries are likely unwarranted.
In the latest weekly update, four editors at Information Security Media Group discuss important cybersecurity issues, including how ransomware affiliates change operators and why terrorists aren't launching massive cyberattacks.
"Silence is gold." So says ransomware operator Ragnar Locker, as it attempts to compel victims to pay its ransom demand without ever telling anyone - especially not police. But some ransomware-battling experts have been advocating the opposite, including mandatory reporting of all ransom payments.
Researchers have discovered email fraud campaigns in which unidentified threat actors are swindling victims out of bitcoin by tempting them with a substantial amount of tax-free cryptocurrency. This follows an SEC warning about fraudulent cryptocurrency schemes making the rounds
Last weekend’s confirmed attack on the Jenkins project using a recently discovered vulnerability in the Atlassian Confluence server could be the tip of the iceberg, suggests a security researcher who says thousands of Confluence servers remain vulnerable.
Attackers are actively exploiting a flaw in Microsoft Windows for which no patch is yet available. Microsoft has issued workarounds and mitigations designed to block the zero-day attack for the flaw in the MSHTML browsing engine, which is being exploited via malicious Microsoft Office documents.
Researchers say a pro-China influence operation leveraging a network of fake social media accounts has expanded, promoting in-person protests and narratives around COVID-19 and U.S. domestic policy, according to Mandiant, which does not definitively attribute the activity to the Chinese government.
The U.S. SEC in a new advisory warns against schemes targeting digital assets. Security experts say that with social engineering attempts on the rise, individuals and organizations must defend against related scams and other "get rich quick" schemes.
The Ragnar Locker ransomware operation has been threatening to dump victims' stolen data if they contact police, private investigators or professional negotiators before paying a ransom. But as one expert notes: "Perhaps the criminals watched too many TV shows, because this isn’t how the real world works."