Scotland's Arran Brewery fell victim to a Dharma Bip ransomware attack that infected its Windows domain controller and crypto-locked files and local backups, leading to the loss of three months' worth of sales data. The brewery refused to pay the attackers' two bitcoin ransom demand.
More evidence that running cybercrime schemes remains inexpensive and accessible to anyone with criminal intent: To send spam emails, admitted botnet herder Peter Levashov quoted customers $500 for 1 million emails. And that was just his 2016 pricing.
CISOs and CIOs must ensure their organizations plan for worst-case scenarios, conducting frequent "dry runs" of disaster recovery plans, says Tonguc Yaman, CIO of SOMOS, a New York Community Care Network, who formerly served as deputy CIO of Bellevue Hospital.
A recent incident involving a chronic care management company spotlights how paying a ransom to recover decryption keys from ransomware attackers can put sensitive data at additional risk. Security experts offer insights on how to prepare for the many challenges posed by attacks.
The latest edition of the ISMG Security Report offers an update on how Russian bots and trolls are spreading misinformation on vaccines via social media - and the public health impact of the campaign. Plus: Tips on disaster recovery, internet of things security.
Does social media fuel toxic politics and racial tension? We're still in the early of days of understanding the long-term effects of social media on society, but the early signs aren't good. It's time for social networks to take moral responsibility for content on their networks - even if they don't want it.
It's less than 10 weeks until your country's elections; do you know where your government's information warfare defenses and election security strategy are? The FBI says it's moving to counter information operations, while DHS is bolstering election security. But will it be enough?
Cybercrime is a business and, like any business, it's driven by profit. But how can organizations make credential theft less profitable at every stage of the criminal value chain, and, in doing so, lower their risk?
Boeing says that a malware outbreak affected a small number of systems but did not disrupt production. An executive has reportedly identified the malware as being WannaCry ransomware and called for "all hands on deck" to respond to the incident.
Ecuador's embassy in London has again revoked internet access for seven-year houseguest Julian Assange, saying the WikiLeaks chief violated an agreement to not interfere in other countries' matters. WikiLeaks' star has continued to fall since it's been revealed to be an apparent Russian stooge.
A new strain of the Petya ransomware called "Bad Rabbit" is impacting business and sweeping across Russia and Ukraine, among other Eastern European countries. Like many of the other ransomware outbreaks, understanding fact from fiction is the first step in staying safe.
Apple and Cisco say they've partnered with insurers Aon and Allianz to offer cyber insurance policies for organizations that meet best security practices and use products from the technology companies. The partnership follows increasing interest in cyber insurance as a hedge against hacking risks.
A ransomware attack on electronic health records vendor Allscripts late last week is a reminder of the potential disruption to patient care delivery healthcare entities can face if a cloud-services provider suffers a cyberattack. It also points to the need for business continuity planning.
A recent incident involving an Indiana hospital that publicly admitted to paying a $55,000 ransom to unlock data following a ransomware attack - despite having backup systems - highlights the need to test data recovery plans.