ISS World, a global facilities maintenance company based in Denmark, says it's gradually restoring its systems after a malware attack on Monday. The company says it has identified the root cause but has not said if ransomware was involved.
Time for a fresh edition of "learn from how others get breached" focusing on Equifax. The goal is not blame, but rather to highlight specific missteps so others can avoid making the same mistakes. The Equifax breach offers a plethora of takeaways to help organizations better repel attackers.
Who's surprised Chinese military hackers allegedly hacked Equifax? For a foreign power that continues to attempt to amass personal information on its adversaries, targeting a business that gets rich by buying and selling Americans' personal data remains an obvious play.
Four members of China's People's Liberation Army have been indicted for allegedly hacking Equifax in 2017 and stealing the personal data of over 145 million Americans as well as a vast trove of the company's trade secrets and intellectual property, the U.S. Justice Department announced Monday.
Bad news on the ransomware front: Victims that choose to pay attackers' ransom demands - in return for the promise of a decryption tool - last quarter paid an average of $84,116, according to Coveware. But gangs wielding Ryuk and Sodinokibi - aka REvil - often demanded much more.
Mitsubishi Electric says hackers exploited a zero-day vulnerability in its anti-virus software, prior to the vendor patching the flaw, and potentially stole trade secrets and employee data. The Japanese multinational firm announced the breach more than six months after detecting it in June 2019.
Citrix has released the first of several patches that address a vulnerability in its Application Delivery Controller and Gateway products that was discovered by researchers in December. If left unpatched, the vulnerability is remotely exploitable and could allow access to applications and internal networks.
Microsoft says it's prepping a patch to fix a memory corruption flaw in multiple versions of Internet Explorer that is being exploited by in-the-wild attackers, and it's issued mitigation guidance. Security firm Qihoo 360 says the zero-day flaw has been exploited by the DarkHotel APT gang.
A day after the NSA disclosed a significant vulnerability that could affect the cryptographic operations in some versions of Windows, security researchers started releasing "proof of concept" code designed to show how attackers potentially could exploit the flaw. This highlights the urgency of patching.
A federal judge in Atlanta has given final approval to a settlement that resolves a class action lawsuit against credit bureau Equifax, which in 2017 suffered one of the largest data breaches in history. The minimum cost to Equifax will be $1.38 billion.
The NSA took the unusual step Tuesday of announcing what it calls a "severe" vulnerability in Microsoft's Windows 10 operating systems ahead of Microsoft's Patch Tuesday security update. The flaw could allow attackers to execute man-in-the-middle attacks or decrypt confidential data within applications.
Microsoft this week issues the final, free security updates for its Windows 7 operating system, as well as Windows Server 2008 and 2008 R2. But with one-third of all PCs continuing to run Windows 7, experts are urging organizations to immediately move to a more modern operating system.
Proof-of-concept code has been released to exploit a severe Citrix vulnerability present in tens of thousands of enterprises. Citrix says it's developing permanent patches but that enterprises should use its mitigation guidance. In the meantime, attackers are hunting for vulnerable machines.
British regulators have fined Dixons Carphone $653,000 for a breach that exposed millions of payment card details and personal data due to point-of-sale malware. The retailer's lack of security contributed to a "careless loss of data," the Information Commissioner's Office says.
Attackers are hitting unpatched Pulse Secure VPN servers with Sodinokibi - aka REvil - ransomware, British security researcher Kevin Beaumont warns. Pulse Secure says that although many organizations have installed the critical April 2019 patch, holdouts persist.