Researchers with Microsoft and FireEye are disclosing additional malware used by the hacking group that targeted SolarWinds last December. These second-stage malware variants appear to have been deployed after organizations downloaded the "Sunburst" backdoor hidden in a software update.
A lack of centralized leadership, especially at the White House level, is hindering the federal government's ability to address numerous cybersecurity issues, including the SolarWinds supply chain attack that affected federal agencies and others, according to a new GAO report.
Jamil Farshchi has been there. As CISO of Equifax, he knows what it’s like to be a victim of a high-profile cyberattack. And he knows breached companies have a choice: "Are they going to be a force for good by helping the rest of the industry learn from their experience?"
A pair of U.S. House committees held their first public hearings into the SolarWinds attack, with lawmakers and witnesses offering support for expanding federal cybersecurity laws to address the security failures. This includes a larger role for CISA to conduct threat hunting.
In light of the global shortage of semiconductors, President Joe Biden signed an executive order Wednesday requiring a federal review of supply chain risks for these chips. Also to be reviewed: supply chain risks for information and communications technology and the pharmaceutical industry.
The CEOs of SolarWinds, Microsoft, FireEye and CrowdStrike rolled out a series of cybersecurity recommendations to a U.S. Senate panel Tuesday while detailing how foreign actors gained access into their firms' systems as a result of the SolarWinds supply chain attack.
This edition of the ISMG Security Report features an analysis of the impact of a hacking campaign linked to Russia’s Sandworm that targeted companies using Centreon IT monitoring software. Also featured: a discussion of CIAM trends; a critique of Bloomberg's update on alleged Supermicro supply chain hack.
The latest edition of the ISMG Security Report features an analysis of the critical security issues raised by the hacking of a Florida city water treatment plant. Also featured: The CISO of the World Health Organization discusses supply chain security; hackers steal celebrities' cryptocurrency.
Flavio Aggio, CISO of the World Health Organization, has had a long career across many sectors. He understands supply chain risk, and he sees the SolarWinds hack as "resumption of a very old attack - in new packaging." He offers insights on mitigating this and other cybersecurity risks.
Citing a lack of coordination and transparency, U.S. Sens. Mark Warner and Marco Rubio of the Intelligence Committee are urging the four federal agencies investigating the cyberattack that targeted SolarWinds and other organizations to designate a leader for their investigative efforts.
The SolarWinds supply chain compromise has raised questions over how to detect software that has been tainted during the vendor's development and build process. A concept called verified reproducible builds could help, says David Wheeler of the Linux Foundation.
The threat posed by software supply chain attacks is growing, but organizations can take steps to minimize the risks. Trey Herr of the Atlantic Council outlines ways to gain more insight into supply chain problems.
The latest edition of the ISMG Security Report features an analysis of the cybersecurity challenges the Biden administration must address. Also featured: payments security advice from Verizon; the outlook for the lifting of restrictions tied to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Security firm FireEye has released a free auditing and remediation tool on GitHub that it says can help organizations determine if the hacking group that targeted SolarWinds used similar techniques within their network to gain access to Microsoft Office 365 accounts.
Symantec Threat Intelligence says it's uncovered another malware variant used in the SolarWinds supply chain hack - a loader nicknamed "Raindrop" that apparently was used to deliver Cobalt Strike, a legitimate penetration testing tool, to a handful of targets.