Verizon's Data Breach Investigations Report 2020 highlights the leading causes of breaches last year, including credential theft, phishing, ransomware as well as issues linked to cloud implementations and web applications. In an interview, Verizon's Ashish Thapar offers an in-depth analysis.
Ransomware-wielding attackers are typically breaking into victims' networks using remote desktop protocol access, phishing emails or malware that's sometimes used in drive-by attacks against browsers, experts warn, advising organizations to make sure they have the right defenses in place.
A Russian government-backed hacking group that's been tied to a series of cyberespionage campaigns has been quietly exploiting a critical remote code execution vulnerability in Exim email servers since 2019, the U.S. National Security Agency warns in an alert.
A recently revamped version of the Valak strain of malware is targeting Microsoft Exchange servers in the U.S. and Germany, according to recent research from Cybereason. The malware has been redesigned to act as an information stealer that can extract corporate data.
"Hack for hire" groups operating in India are spoofing World Health Organization emails to steal credentials from financial services and healthcare firms around the world, according to Google's Threat Analysis Group.
Last week, security researcher Bill Demirkapi said that Trend Micro used a trick to get one of its drivers to pass Microsoft's approval process. Trend Micro has withdrawn the driver and says it's working with Microsoft on incompatibility issues that are unrelated to the researcher's findings.
Ransomware, wire transfer fraud, destructive attacks: In recent months, the financial sector has seen these and other online attacks surge by 238% as criminals continue to exploit the pandemic, warns Tom Kellermann of VMware Carbon Black, who shares findings from his firm's third "Modern Bank Heists" report.
Don't forget to lock down online shared code repositories, as Mercedes-Benz parent company Daimler AG learned the hard way after a researcher was able to access nearly 9 GB of software development documentation from a misconfigured GitLab repository.
As ransomware gangs attempt to boost their illicit profits, the RagnarLocker ransomware gang has brought a new tactic to bear: installing a full virtual machine on victims' systems to hide their crypto-locking malware while it forcibly encrypts files, security firm Sophos warns.
Microsoft is warning Windows users about an ongoing "massive" COVID-19-themed phishing campaign that is attempting to install the NetSupport Manager on devices. Attackers can turn NetSupport into a remote access Trojan, or RAT.
Hackers tried two methods of exploiting a zero-day vulnerability in Sophos' XG firewall, but Sophos says it made a temporary fix that mitigated the risks. Attackers originally attempted to plant a Trojan, but then switched to ransomware.
The latest edition of the ISMG Security Report features Retired General Keith Alexander, former NSA director, discussing the long-term security implications of the shift to working from home. Also: an update on ransomware gangs leaking data and an analysis of using open source code for app development.
Apple and Google have released new APIs designed to support contact-tracing apps being developed by governments to help combat the COVID-19 pandemic. Already at least three U.S. states and 22 countries have expressed interest in using the APIs to build their apps.
A recent phishing campaign bypassed multifactor authentication protections within Microsoft Office 365 to steal users' credentials stored in the cloud or launch other attacks, according to the security firm Cofense.
To achieve better network visibility, security practitioners must improve their knowledge of tools that support web services, containers and the evolution of development practices, says Ed Moyle, co-founder of the cybersecurity advisory firm Security Curve.