This edition of the ISMG Security Report debunks recent reports suggesting that Austrian hotel guests were locked into - and out of - their rooms by ransomware. Also, would a cybersecurity executive order from U.S. President Donald Trump advance the nation's existing efforts?
Four years after a messy legal battle sparked by Edward Snowden using its service, the secure email provider Lavabit is back with a new platform designed to provide better privacy protection - users can select from "trustful," "cautious" or "paranoid" modes - by encrypting both email content and metadata.
Information security researchers have charted a steep decline in Locky ransomware and Dridex banking Trojan distribution in recent weeks. While that's good news, it may only reflect that a cybercrime gang is on vacation.
Dutch police reveal they arrested an e-commerce website developer on charges of installing backdoors that allowed him to siphon 20,000 email addresses and passwords, which he then allegedly used to commit fraud using some old-school tactics.
Rudy Giuliani, the former New York mayor who's been tapped by U.S. president-elect Donald Trump to lead a cybersecurity corporate outreach program, runs a security consulting firm with a website that's been given a failing grade for its security.
The KillDisk disk-wiping malware, previously tied to espionage operations, has been updated with crypto-locking capabilities and now targets Linux as well as Windows systems. But security experts warn that attackers using the Linux variant have no way to furnish a decryption key.
Hackers have apparently hijacked potentially thousands of vulnerable MongoDB databases and demanded ransoms for the return of critical data, with some victims paying up, according to security researchers.
As the Trump administration begins, expect a ramp-up in cyber espionage as well as more "test attacks" by nation-states, says cybersecurity specialist Brad Medairy of the consultancy Booz Allen Hamilton.
Because cyber threats are becoming increasingly sophisticated, bolstering employee and customer awareness and training about ransomware, phishing and other cyber risks must be a top priority in 2017, says Curt Kwak, CIO of Proliance Surgeons.
The County of Los Angeles is notifying 756,000 individuals of a breach stemming from a phishing scheme that tricked more than 100 county employees. Bank account and payment card information, Social Security numbers and health-related information was potentially exposed.
Fifty-nine percent of security leaders believe their current ransomware defenses are above average or superior. Yet 53 percent also have been victim of ransomware attacks in the past year. Eduardo Cabrera of Trend Micro discusses this and other results of the Ransomware Response Study.
Ransomware attacks, which initially targeted Windows computers and then spread to Android mobile devices, are now targeting Linux servers as well, says Bob Lynch of Bitdefender, who describes a risk mitigation strategy in this video interview.
Hack attack victims often ask two questions: "Who did it? And can we hack them back?" But after an attack, with time of the essence for blocking further damage, those are the wrong questions for breached organizations to be asking, data breach response expert Alan Brill says in this audio interview.
Ransomware is going to get personal. Password managers will be huge targets. And we will see the rise of a whole new exploit kit. These are among the 2017 security predictions from Malwarebytes Laboratories. CEO Marcin Kleczynski offers insight on how to prepare.