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.
The latest edition of the ISMG Security Report features an analysis of a federal crackdown on ICO cryptocurrency scams. Also featured: An update on the SonicWall hack investigation and the use of digital IDs to verify COVID-19 testing.
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.
Software company Accellion has released preliminary findings around the security incident that stung customers using its 20-year-old File Transfer Appliance. The attackers swiftly stole data from compromised systems, and some of those organizations have subsequently been extorted.
The "Cuba" ransomware gang has hit Seattle-based Automatic Funds Transfer Services, which processes data from California's Department of Motor Vehicles as well as many cities in Washington. Victim organizations say AFTS is investigating the incident and that an unknown amount of individuals' data was exposed.
Two more breaches have been tied to the vulnerable 20-year-old Accellion File Transfer Appliance. The latest victims are Singapore telecom company Singtel and Australian medical research institute QIMR Berghofer.
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.
A data breach of a Washington state auditor's system exposed 1.4 million unemployment claimants’ records. The breach stemmed from an exploit of an unpatched system from Accellion, and the state says it was never notified of the flaw. But Accellion says it notified customers and offered a patch in December.
Security vendor SonicWall is investigating what the company calls a "coordinated attack" against its internal network by threat actors using a zero-day exploit within the company's remote access products. SonicWall is urging customers to apply temporary fixes to secure VPNs and gateways.
Privacy watchdogs in Europe have imposed fines totaling more than $330 million since the EU's General Data Protection Regulation went into full effect in May 2018, according to law firm DLA Piper. Over the past year, regulators received 121,000 data breach notifications, up 19% from the year before.
OpenWRT, an open-source project that develops operating systems, firmware and other software for connected and embedded devices, is investigating a data breach after a hacker gained access to an administrator account and apparently was able to access usernames and email addresses for community members.
The Reserve Bank of New Zealand disclosed Sunday that hackers infiltrated its network after compromising its file-sharing system from Accellion. The nation's central bank says the attack may have exposed commercial and consumer information, and other Accellion customers also had systems compromised.
More than two years after Europe's tough new General Data Protection Regulation came into full effect, EU privacy watchdogs are finding more consensus, and consumers have been benefiting, experts say. But how regulators apply sanctions, in particular, remains a work in progress.
An investigation at the U.S. Treasury Department has found that it suffered a "significant" breach as a result of the SolarWinds Orion supply chain attack, a top Democrat on the Senate Finance Committee reports. Meanwhile President-elect Joe Biden said of the attack: "I promise you, there will be a response."