In the latest update, four ISMG editors discuss the alarming, bizarre case of a cardiologist in Venezuela charged with developing malware and recruiting affiliates, recent ransomware and data leak incidents in healthcare and how the economy is causing mature cybersecurity startups to slow hiring.
When Colonial Pipeline suffered an outage in May 2021 as a result of an attack by the DarkSide crime syndicate, numerous governments changed their approach to ransomware and began treating it as a national security threat, says Rapid7's Jen Ellis. She details what needs to happen next.
Criminals are doubling down on their use of information-stealing malware, such as Cryptobot, RedLine Stealer and QuilClipper, to steal private keys and siphon off cryptocurrency being stored in internet-connected hot wallets or to raid cryptocurrency holders' online exchange accounts.
U.S. authorities have charged a cardiologist based in Venezuela with developing and selling multiple strains of ransomware, including Jigsaw and Thanos, as well as recruiting affiliates to use the crypto-locking malware against victims in return for a cut of any ransoms paid.
In the latest "Proof of Concept," Lisa Sotto, Jeremy Grant and ISMG editors discuss the significance of Apple, Google and Microsoft supporting the FIDO protocol's passwordless sign-in standard, progress made on Biden's cybersecurity executive order and updates on U.S. cybersecurity and privacy laws.
If you were a nation with legions of hackers at your disposal, seeking to sidestep crippling international sanctions, would you look to ransomware to fund your regime? That question is posed by new research that finds state-sponsored North Korean hackers haven't stopped their ransomware experiments.
In the latest update, four editors at Information Security Media Group discuss the intriguing insights exposed by the leak of ransomware gang Conti's internal communications, the U.S. Treasury's first-ever sanctions on a cryptocurrency mixer and the latest cyber activity in Russia's hybrid war.
As the Russia-Ukraine war continues, cybersecurity officials say the risk of attack spillover - and perhaps the direct targeting of critical infrastructure sectors outside Ukraine - remains high. The memo for CISOs is clear: Remain prepared.
As the Russia-Ukraine war continues, what cybersecurity lessons should be learned? At the CyberUK conference in Wales, cybersecurity czars focused on surprises - including low online attack volume and the role of hacktivists - and lauded Ukraine's cyber resilience, honed by years of stress testing.
Russia's use of wiper malware, DDoS attacks and targeted disinformation show it no longer depends on traditional methods in its war with Ukraine. John Walker, a professor and counterintelligence expert, says organizations need to be "more realistic" about how they handle cyberattacks.
CERT-In has mandated that starting June 28, both government and private organizations in the country must inform the agency within six hours of discovering a cybersecurity incident. What do CISOs feel about this, and how are they planning to approach this new requirement?
The massive leak of internal communications from the Conti ransomware group has highlighted the extent to which cybercrime syndicates regularly beg, borrow, steal or sometimes even partner or collaborate, all in pursuit of increasing their illicit profits.
The U.S. Department of State is offering rewards of up to $10 million for information that leads to the identification or location of any individual who holds a key leadership position in the Conti ransomware variant transnational organized crime group.
Two signs that the tide may finally, if slowly, be turning on ransomware: The number of victims who choose to pay continues to decline, while the amount they pay - when they choose to do so - recently dropped by one-third, reports ransomware incident response firm Coveware.
A federal jury has ordered NortonLifeLock to pay Columbia University $185.1 million after finding the company infringed on two patents. Jurors decided Monday that NortonLifeLock's use of emulators to monitor programs for malicious behavior intentionally infringes upon Columbia's patents.