"They’re playing games," is how one security expert describes Conti ransomware-wielding attackers' "gift" of a decryptor to Ireland's crypto-locked health service, while still demanding a ransom to not leak stolen health data. The same could be said of the DarkSide gang's promised retirement.
Colonial Pipeline Co.'s CEO, Joseph Blount, said Wednesday that he authorized the payment of a $4.4 million ransom just hours after the company was hit by a DarkSide ransomware attack, telling The Wall Street Journal, "It was the right thing to do for the country."
The Colonial Pipeline ransomware attack was every CISO's nightmare. And Roger Caslow of HRSD has faced a similar nightmare before. Caslow and Amit Basu of International Seaways weigh in on this recent attack, its significance and how ransomware defenses must change.
In the past six months alone, we've seen the SolarWinds attack, the Microsoft Exchange Server exploits and the Colonial Pipeline ransomware strike. The threats are more imminent than ever. But Philip Reitinger of the Global Cyber Alliance believes strongly: We created this mess, and we can fix it.
As CISO of Johnson & Johnson, Marene Allison was used to gauging her security posture by the top threat activity: nation-state, cybercrime, insider or hacktivist. But in 2020, they all struck at once. Here is one CISO's take on the state of the industry.
Asia Assistance, a subsidiary of Paris-based multinational insurance company AXA, was hit by a ransomware attack that affected its IT operations in Thailand, Malaysia, Hong Kong and the Philippines, the company reports.
After Health Service Executive, Ireland’s state health services provider, shut down all its IT systems serving hospitals in the wake of a ransomware attack early Friday, some security experts praised its decisive action and refusal to pay a ransom.
Some cybersecurity experts question the contentions of Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and another member of Congress, who say a $5 million ransom reportedly paid by Colonial Pipeline Co. after being hit by DarkSide ransomware would serve as a catalyst for attacks on other critical infrastructure providers.
As former CISO of Pacific Gas & Electric, Bernie Cowens knows plenty about cyber securing the nation's critical infrastructure. He shares his informed opinion on the Colonial Pipeline ransomware attack and what public and private sector entities must do to shore up key defenses.
For anyone wondering how the Russian-speaking, ransomware-wielding DarkSide crime syndicate was able to disrupt a major U.S. fuel pipeline, a more pertinent question might be: Why didn’t it happen sooner?
CISA is still awaiting more technical details from Colonial Pipeline about the Friday ransomware attack that forced it to shut down its operations, Brandon Wales, the agency's acting director, told a Senate committee that's probing the attack and other cybersecurity incidents.
Attackers are using Avaddon ransomware to target diverse organizations in the U.S., Australia and elsewhere, according to the FBI and the Australian Cyber Security Center. Among the recent victims was a service provider to Australian telecommunications company Telstra.
Tom Kellerman of VMware Carbon Black shares his opinions about whether a nation-state was behind the recent ransomware attack on Colonial Pipeline and what the U.S. government should do to prevent other cyberattacks.
In light of the surge in ransomware attacks against universities, institutions need to make asset management a much higher priority, removing obsolete systems and upgrading essential systems to the latest version to avoid exploits of unpatched vulnerabilities, says Matthew Trump of the University of London.