The average ransom paid by victims to ransomware attackers reached $111,605 in the first quarter of this year, up 33% from the previous quarter, reports ransomware incident response firm Coveware, which sees the Sodinokibi, Ryuk and Phobos malware families continuing to dominate.
Apple is now preparing final patches for two zero-day vulnerabilities that a security firm says have been exploited by certain attackers to seize control of iPhone and iPad email apps, giving them access to users' messages.
Massachusetts and Indiana have reached separate settlements with Equifax over the 2017 data breach that exposed the personal information of millions of residents of both states. The company will pay a total of almost $38 million to settle with the states.
CISA issued a warning to organizations running Pulse Secure VPN servers that their networks may still be vulnerable to hacking even if they applied patches for a previous flaw. Attackers are now using stolen Active Directory credentials to access networks.
Microsoft issued patches for three zero-day vulnerabilities as part of its most recent Patch Tuesday update. The software giant had previously warned users about two vulnerabilities in the Adobe Type Manager Library that were being exploited in the wild.
In January, hackers reportedly compromised portions of the New York state government's computer network by taking advantage of an unpatched vulnerability in Citrix enterprise software. Although state officials say no data was compromised, the attack reportedly disabled some state agency information systems.
Patch or perish alert: Less than 20 percent of vulnerable Microsoft Exchange servers have received a fix for a serious flaw that Microsoft first disclosed nearly two months ago, security firm Rapid7 warns. It also found a "concerning number" of Exchange 2007 servers, which Microsoft stopped supporting in 2017.
A security researcher found 10 flaws within HP's Software Assistant Tool, which is installed across HP's desktop and laptop computers. Bill Demirkapi, who found the flaws, says the software is risky because only seven of the flaws have been patched by HP.
What missteps led to hackers stealing details on 145 million Americans from Equifax in 2017? The answer to that question can be found in numerous reports and a Justice Department indictment. Security researcher Adrian Sanabria says they're essential reading for anyone responsible for cybersecurity defenses.
The stuck-at-home chronicles have fast become surreal, as remote workers face down a killer virus on the one hand and the flattening of their work and personal lives on the other. To help, many have rushed to adopt Zoom. And for many use cases - hint: not national security - it is a perfectly fine option.
The day after security researcher Patrick Wardle disclosed two zero-day vulnerabilities in the macOS client version of Zoom's teleconferencing platform, the company on Thursday rushed out patches for these flaws and one other.
As the coronavirus drives a massive upsurge in remote working, a review of remote desktop protocol usage suggests RDP adoption hasn't spiked. But as IT teams rely more heavily on remote access, experts warn that too many RDP systems remain internet-exposed.
Switzerland-based global insurance firm Chubb acknowledges that it's investigating a "security incident." Meanwhile, the Maze ransomware gang is claiming Chubb is its latest victim, according to researchers at the security firm Emsisoft.
Microsoft has announced that it will pause all non-essential updates for Windows, while both Google and Microsoft have said their Chrome and Edge browsers will, for now, receive only stability and security updates. The moves come as IT teams are continuing to respond to the ongoing fallout of the COVID-19 pandemic.