The U.S. government limited its use of advanced surveillance software such as Pegasus through an executive order prohibiting agencies from buying licenses for spyware used by foreign governments to spy on dissidents. The order does not outright stop the government from purchasing spyware.
The United States sent its top cyber offensive team to NATO ally Albania to help secure the nation's critical infrastructure networks. The Cyber National Mission Force helped find cyberthreats and vulnerabilities on networks likely targeted last year by Iranian threat actors.
In the latest weekly update, ISMG editors discuss how Russia's invasion of Ukraine upended the cybercrime ecosystem, a lawsuit against a U.S. cardiovascular clinic that seeks a long list of security improvements, and the latest endpoint protection technology trends in the Gartner Magic Quadrant.
Security researchers uncovered a Pakistani cyberespionage group employing fresh tactics to target workers at India's Defense Research and Development Organization and steal sensitive military secrets. A new campaign uses a PowerPoint file containing information about the India-developed K-4 missile.
Europe's cybersecurity agency predicts hackers will take advantage of the growing overlap between information and operational technologies in the transport sector and disrupt OT processes in a targeted attack. Ransomware will become a tool wielded for political and financial motivations, says ENISA.
Russia's invasion of Ukraine in 2022 threw Russia's cybercrime ecosystem into a state of upheaval that still exists to this day. "We identified disruptions to literally every single form of commodified cybercrime," said Alexander Leslie, associate threat intelligence analyst at Recorded Future.
Last year was another bonanza in zero-days for Chinese state hackers, say security researchers in a report predicting a permanent uptick in nation-state exploitation of yet-unpatched vulnerabilities. "Attackers seek stealth and ease of exploitation," writes cybersecurity firm Mandiant.
What happens next in Russia's all-out invasion of Ukraine isn't clear, but experts have been tracking signs that Moscow may be preparing for intensified cyber operations ahead of a spring offensive, developing new wiper malware and getting ready to interfere in European elections and foreign policy.
Microsoft's March dump of patches fixes two actively exploited zero-day vulnerabilities, including a critical issue in Outlook that Russian threat actor APT28 has used to target European companies. The vulnerability can be exploited before a user views the email in the Preview Pane.
In the latest "Proof of Concept" panel discussion, two Capitol Hill observers at Venable, Grant Schneider and Jeremy Grant, join Information Security Media Group editors to break down the Biden administration's new U.S. national cybersecurity strategy and answer the question, "Is it really viable?"
Business social media platform LinkedIn continues to pay dividends for North Korean hackers, including one group historically concentrated on South Korean targets that has expanded into pursuing security researchers and media industry workers in the West.
As Russia's full-scale invasion of Ukraine last year stalled, Russian hacking teams increasingly shifted from causing all-out disruption to cyberespionage, data theft and psychological operations, Ukraine's cybersecurity establishment says in a new lessons learned report.
The Chinese government's geopolitical ambitions and willingness to use cyber operations to achieve them pose one of the biggest threats to U.S. national security, the U.S. intelligence community warns. Russia, Iran and North Korea also pose major threats, as do cybercrime and especially ransomware.
A Russian threat actor headed by two prank callers whose targets for duplicity coincide with Kremlin state interests has for a year now leaned heavily into using email to schedule video calls with high-profile North American and European officials and executives.
Chinese APT group Mustang Panda is deploying a previously unseen malware backdoor dubbed MQsTTang as part of a spear-phishing campaign targeting governmental organizations, specifically in Ukraine and Taiwan, security firm Eset says. The malware is currently being spread as RAR files, it adds.