Ransomware-wielding attackers - aided by a service economy that gives them access to more advanced attack tools - are increasingly targeting organizations rather than individuals to shake them down for bigger ransom payoffs, says McAfee's John Fokker.
The 2016 U.S. presidential election served as a wake-up call for lawmakers and the public about the threat that cyberattackers can pose to the country's democracy, CISA Director Christopher Krebs said at the RSA 2020 conference. Election security and ransomware remain his agency's two biggest concerns.
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.
Emotet malware alert: The U.S. Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency says it's been "tracking a spike" in targeted Emotet malware attacks. It urges all organizations to immediately put in place defenses to not just avoid infection, but also detect lateral movement in their networks by hackers.
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.
Ransomware: It's the cybercrime "gift" that won't stop taking. What can organizations do to improve prevention, detection and response in 2020? Ex-FBI leader MK Palmore of Palo Alto Networks shares his insights.
Three member of a cybercriminal gang that used the GozNym malware platform to steal approximately $100 million from victims across the world have been sentenced for their roles in the scam, according to U.S. Justice Department and prosecutors in the country of Georgia.
The MyKings botnet, which has been spreading cryptominers and other malware, continues to grow in sophistication, using steganography to hide malicious updates, Sophos Labs reports. New research also shows attackers are exploiting the EternalBlue vulnerability in Windows.
While run-of-the-mill ransomware attacks continue, some crypto-locking malware gangs are bringing more advanced hacking skills to bear against targets, seeking the maximum possible payout, says cybersecurity expert Jake Williams of Rendition Infosec, who dubs the trend "ransomware 2.0."
The latest edition of the ISMG Security Report discusses the recent ransomware attacks on the city of New Orleans as well as other units of local government and schools. Also featured: discussion on security issues for IoT and legacy medical devices.
The gang behind Maze ransomware has begun publicly identifying its victims and listing data that it exfiltrated from systems before leaving them crypto-locked. The intent is clear: By naming and shaming victims, the Maze gang is trying to compel them to pay.
New research finds that hackers linked to the North Korean government are now renting the botnet created by TrickBot malware, as well as access to a highly customized malicious framework, to help further their goals - including targeting payment systems.
The notorious Joker's Stash carder marketplace has recently listed for sale 460,000 records, including four "Turkey-Mix" batches that feature never-before-seen payment card data that traces to Turkey's 10 largest banks, says cybersecurity firm Group-IB.
Two Russian men have been charged with stealing more than $100 million from banks around the world using the notorious Dridex malware, according to an unsealed U.S. indictment that caps off a decade-long investigation led by American and British law enforcement agencies.