While the cybercrime story for 2022 has yet to be fully written, cryptocurrency theft will no doubt have a starring role. Buoyed by the collective pilfering of billions of dollars' worth of cryptocurrency this year, what's to stop attackers from doubling down in 2023?
As the U.S. celebrates Thanksgiving, let's give thanks for this cybercrime karma: For more than two years, law enforcement and security experts have been exploiting flaws in the crypto-locking malware to help victims decrypt their systems without paying a ransom.
Data breaches are tricky to cover, and we want to report on them in an ethical way. That requires picking what should be reported for informed public discourse but avoiding topics that may encourage attackers' efforts to shame victims into paying a ransom and anything resembling data dump voyeurism.
The stark consequences of ransomware became painfully clear in Australia this week as attackers began releasing data from health insurer Medibank, one of the country's largest health insurers. Also, leaked chat logs reveal how the attackers accessed Medibank's systems.
Who is attempting to extort Australian health insurer Medibank? Why did Medibank tell its attackers it wouldn't pay a ransom? Will this deter future cyber extortionists? Here are a few thoughts on the high cybercrime drama playing out.
Tributes are being paid to Vitali Kremez, who has died at the age of 34 in a suspected scuba-diving accident. The renowned threat intelligence expert, born in Belarus, had long tracked Russian cybercrime syndicates and was part of an ad hoc group established to counter ransomware and help victims.
Many ransomware-wielding attackers - including big-name groups - have been collectively shooting themselves in the foot by resorting to "amateur" tactics, including decryptors that fail to decrypt as well as gangs re-extorting the same victims. Cue fewer victims opting to pay a ransom.
A surging Microsoft has leapfrogged to the top of the SIEM Gartner Magic Quadrant, catapulting past security operations stalwarts IBM, Splunk, Securonix and Exabeam. Microsoft has climbed from being named a visionary by Gartner last year to crushing the SIEM market in execution ability this year.
Elon Musk lugged a sink into Twitter headquarters to announce his takeover of the social network. But it will take more than a porcelain prop for the richest person in the world to successfully surmount the cybersecurity, legal, disinformation, regulatory and other challenges facing Twitter.
Cybereason has abandoned its IPO plans altogether and hired JPMorgan Chase to find a buyer, The Information reported Friday. Why is Cybereason no longer poised to make it to the IPO Promised Land? An unfavorable competitive environment and a muddled go-to-market strategy provide some clues.
Is Australia's data breach wave a coincidence, bad luck or intentional targeting? Maybe all three. But the security weaknesses that have led to the incidents are not exotic. And the people behind these attacks are most likely workaday cybercriminals, not top-level nation-state attackers.
More Russian-speaking, ransomware-wielding attackers are gunning for Russian businesses and government agencies, researchers report. The unwritten rule of Russian cybercrime has historically been to never attack inside Russia or neighboring allies.
Multifactor authentication needs to move away from one-time passwords sent via text message and embrace modern standards that prevent man-in-the-middle attacks. Plus, excessive identity challenges online lead to 20% of e-commerce transactions being abandoned, say experts at Authenticate 2022.