An international police operation has resulted in the disruption of the long-running Andromeda botnet and associated Gamarue crimeware toolkit. Andromeda has been used to distribute 80 types of malware, including backdoors, banking Trojans and ransomware, security experts say.
Because cyberattacks continue to bypass next-generation security technologies, it's important not to underestimate the role humans play in attack detection and threat mitigation, says Rohyt Belani of PhishMe.
Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me. That's the situation facing victims of Equifax's massive data breach, who are being offered identity theft or fraud monitoring services from none other than Equifax. First, however, they have to share some personal information.
Give crooks credit for topicality: They remain loathe to miss a trick. Indeed, hardly any time elapsed after Uber came clean about the year-old breach it had concealed before crack teams of social engineers unleashed appropriately themed phishing messages designed to bamboozle the masses.
HealthcareInfoSecurity Executive Editor Marianne Kolbasuk McGee reflects on the just-concluded Healthcare Security Summit in New York in the latest edition of the ISMG Security Report. Also, PCI Security Standards Council CTO Troy Leach addresses ransomware risks.
In the year ahead, cyber threats to the healthcare sector will continue to evolve from attacks primarily involving the theft of health data to assaults aimed at disrupting organizations' operations, predicts Sean Murphy, CISO of health insurer Premera Blue Cross.
The financial sector is under increasing threat from cybercrime syndicates, and the distributed nature of today's predominantly Russian-speaking attackers is making them tough to disrupt, says Rob Wainwright, director of Europol.
Many enterprises use remote desktop protocol to remotely administer their PCs and mobile devices. But security experts warn that weak RDP credentials are in wide circulation on darknet marketplaces and increasingly used by ransomware attackers.
"Are we vulnerable to the attacks that are being reported in the media?" All CEOs and boards of directors should be asking that question of their information security team to ensure they don't suffer the same fate - especially when it comes to ransomware outbreaks, says David Stubley of 7 Elements.
Following the WannaCry outbreak, the British government says it's increased cybersecurity funding for England's national health service. But in addition to funding shortfalls and poor cybersecurity practices, experts have also blamed management failures, in part by the U.K. government.
The National Health Service in England should have been able to block the "unsophisticated" WannaCry ransomware outbreak, U.K. government auditors have found. Security experts say the findings should be studied by senior executives across all industries to "learn from the mistakes of others."
Malware is widely available in an "as-a-service" model on the cybercriminal underground to anyone with criminal intent and a bit of money, says John Shier, senior security adviser at Sophos, who explains exactly how the model works in this in-depth interview.
The BadRabbit ransomware attack appears to have been designed for smokescreen, disruption or extortion purposes, if not all of the above. So who's gunning for Ukraine and how many organizations will be caught in the crossfire?
New ransomware called BadRabbit is directly targeting at least 200 organizations, primarily in Russia and Ukraine. The crypto-locking malware demands a ransom, payable in bitcoins, in exchange for a decryption key, and it appears to borrow code from NotPetya ransomware.