What if organizations' information security practices have gotten so good that they're finally repelling cybercriminals and nation-state attackers alike? Unfortunately, the five biggest corporate breaches of the past five years - including Yahoo, Marriott and Equifax - suggest otherwise.
Ransomware victims who opted to pay for the promise of a decryption key forked over an average of $6,733 in the fourth quarter of 2018, according to ransomware incident response firm Coveware. It says strains such as SamSam and Ryuk, which demand higher-than-average ransoms, are increasingly common.
On Wednesday, just days after a new "cybersecurity" law took effect, Vietnam alleged that Facebook has violated the law by allowing users to post anti-government comments on the platform. The so-called cybersecurity law actually speaks little about IT security measures.
The recent Black Hat Europe conference in London touched on topics ranging from combating "deep fake" videos and information security career challenges to hands-on lock-picking tutorials and the dearth of research proposals centered on deception technology.
The challenge when designing technology for critical national infrastructure sectors is that it must be securable today and remain resilient to cyberattacks for decades to come, says cybersecurity Professor Prashant Pillai.
Criminals wielding crypto-locking ransomware - especially Dharma/CrySiS, GandCrab and Global Imposter, but also SamSam - continue to attack. Insurance firm Beazley says cyber claims for ransomware have increased in recent months, with the healthcare sector hardest hit.
An Iowa eye clinic and its affiliated surgery center recently recovered from a ransomware attack on their common systems within one day and without paying a ransom. This case offers important reminders to other healthcare entities and their vendors about advance planning.
A tale of two different ransomware victims' responses: One Connecticut city says it had little choice but to pay a ransom to restore crypto-locked systems. But a North Carolina water utility hit separately says that rather than bow to criminals' demands, it will rebuild affected systems and databases.
The biggest challenge for any critical infrastructure facing potential cyberattacks is devising ways to maintain business continuity, says cybersecurity specialist Prashant Pillai, who calls for building resilience into network design. He'll be a speaker at ISMG's Security Summit: London, to be held Oct. 23.
While Facebook has invalidated 90 million users' single sign-on access tokens following a mega-breach, researchers warn that most access token hijacking victims still lack any reliable "single sign-off" capabilities that will revoke attackers' access to hyper-connected web services and mobile apps.
Facebook says that whoever hacked 50 million user accounts, putting the privacy of those users' personal data at risk, did so by abusing its "View As" privacy feature. Facebook says the attack successfully targeted three separate bugs in its video-uploading functionality.
Massive, well-resourced companies are still using live customer data - including their plaintext passwords - in testing environments, violating not just good development practices but also privacy laws. That's yet another security failure takeaway from last year's massive Equifax breach.
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.