The Justice Department is creating a task force to tackle the growing threat of ransomware and related extortion schemes. The new group will target the "ransomware criminal ecosystem as a whole," which means prosecuting those behind the attacks as well as those who launder money that's extorted.
The Fido Alliance, an association that has developed voluntary authentication standards with a goal of minimizing the use of passwords, has launched an onboarding protocol for IoT devices that's designed to enhance security.
The U.S. Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency has issued an emergency directive requiring executive branch agencies to mitigate by Friday the risks posed by a zero-day vulnerability and three other recently patched flaws in Pulse Connect Secure VPN products.
The REvil - aka Sodinokibi - ransomware gang is threatening to release stolen Apple device blueprints unless it receives a massive payoff. The extortion threat - with a reported $50 million opening demand - was unveiled hours before Apple made a series of major new product announcements.
SonicWall has patched three zero-day vulnerabilities in the hosted and on-premises versions of its Email Security product after attackers began exploiting them last month. Attackers can exploit the flaws to access email and pivot deeper into organizations' systems, FireEye Mandiant reports.
The Lazarus group, an offensive hacking team with ties to North Korea, rolled out a new weapon during a recent phishing campaign targeting South Koreans: Image-laden documents containing malicious bitmap files, reports security firm Malwarebytes.
Ransomware attacks now routinely feature multifaceted extortion efforts, and defenses need to evolve, says Stuart McKenzie of FireEye, who offers an analysis of the findings of the FireEye M-Trends 2021 report.
The U.S. Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, Ivanti and FireEye report that federal agencies and other entities have been compromised by two attack groups, with one possibly acting on behalf of the Chinese government. The groups are exploiting vulnerabilities in Ivanti's Pulse Connect Secure.
U.S. insurance giant Geico says fraudsters stole driver's license numbers from its website after they supplied personal information that they had acquired elsewhere. The driver's license numbers are believed to have been used to fraudulently apply for unemployment benefits, the insurer says.