A P2P botnet dubbed "FritzFrog" has breached about 500 SSH servers, infecting universities in the U.S. and Europe and a railway company in an effort to plant cryptomining malware, Guardicore Labs reports. The botnet has also tried to infect banks, medical centers, governmental offices and others.
Marriott faces another lawsuit, filed in Britain, over the breach of its Starwood guest reservation system. The breach ran from 2014 to 2018 - Marriott acquired Starwood in 2016 - and exposed personal information for an estimated 7 million customers in the U.K.
Implementing an adaptive, risk-based authentication process for remote system access is proving effective as more staff members work from home during the COVID-19 pandemic, says Ant Allan, a vice president and analyst at Gartner.
The Senate Intelligence Committee Tuesday released its fifth and final report on Russia's attempts to influence the 2016 election, providing more details on how Russian hackers resided on Democratic National Commitee servers for months and citing shortcomings in the FBI's investigation.
State and local governments are better equipped to ensure election security than they were four years ago, says Christopher Krebs, director of CISA, who calls on election officials to serve as "risk managers." His comments came at ISMG's Cybersecurity Virtual Summit.
The emerging cloud-delivered service model known as security access service edge, or SASE, is designed to help simplify security for remote access, says Sean Duca of Palo Alto Networks, who explains how the model works.
Copycats using well-known threat actor names, such as Fancy Bear and Armada Collective, are launching extortion campaigns tied to distributed denial-of-service attacks against financial institutions, according to Akamai's Security Intelligence Research Team.
Ransomware gangs continue to see bigger payoffs from their ransom-paying victims, driven by "big-game hunting," data exfiltration and smaller players seeking larger returns, according to ransomware incident response firm Coveware.
A hacking group dubbed "CatusPete" is now using a revamped backdoor called Bisonal to target banks and military organizations in Eastern Europe, according to Kaspersky. Security analysts have previously tied the group to China.
Scammers have reportedly been putting one over on customers of the famous Ritz London, which says it is "aware of a potential data breach within our food and beverage reservation system, which may have compromised some of our clients' personal data." No payment card data was exposed, it says.