There is a reason more than half of today's ransomware victims end up paying the ransom. Cyber-criminals have become thoughtful; taking time to maximize your organization's potential damage and their payoff. After achieving root access, the bad guys explore your network reading email, finding data troves and once...
Researchers at Kaspersky have uncovered a Linux version of the RansomEXX ransomware that, until now, had targeted only Windows devices. The ransomware has been tied to several high-profile attacks over the last several months.
Victims of crypto-locking malware who pay a ransom to their attackers are paying, on average, more than ever before. But investigators warn that when victims pay for a guarantee that all data stolen during an attack will get deleted, criminals often fail to honor their promises.
The number of attacks related to Emotet continues to spike after the dangerous botnet re-emerged over the summer with a fresh phishing and spam campaign, according to research from HP-Bromium. During this time, Emotet is mainly infecting devices with the QBot or QakBot banking Trojan.
After weeks of rising anxiety, Election Day proceeded in the U.S. with no public indications of interference. But experts say misinformation campaigns are still likely, and there's plenty of time for malicious activity as the vote tallying proceeds.
Despite the soaring list of customers reporting data breaches tied to the May ransomware attack on Blackbaud - and numerous legal actions filed against the company - the fundraising software vendor recently told Wall Street that it expects cyber insurance to cover the bulk of its costs associated with the incident.
The U.K. NCSC responded to over 700 cyber incidents over a 12-month period, 200 of which were related to the COVID-19 pandemic, according to the cyber agency's annual report. NCSC also notes that's it's preparing to step-up its response to cyber incidents involving the NHS and vaccine development.
The Maze cybercrime gang, which revolutionized the ransomware business by adding an extortion element to each attack, has issued a statement saying it has hung up its spikes and will retire, at least temporarily. Security executives do confirm Maze's activity has dropped off in recent months.
The FBI and CISA warn U.S. hospitals about a fresh wave of Ryuk ransomware attacks that have recently targeted healthcare facilities across the country. Over the past week, several hospitals have publicly reported attacks, which appear to be financially motivated.
To this point, the focus of ransomware defenses has been on detection. But Michael Leworthy of Veeam says it's time to shift to protection - and even recovery. And backups, he says, are now the critical battlefield in this war.
The operators behind the Ryuk strain of malware are increasingly relying on a malware-as-a-service tool - the Buer loader - to deliver the malware, rather than botnets such as Trickbot and Emotet, the security firm Sophos reports.
The imperative for CISOs during the COVID-19 pandemic is to do more with less. While disruptive attacks - as well as privacy concerns - keep rising, budgets are down. As organizations rapidly adopt new technologies, however, EY's Kris Lovejoy says CISOs must seize the opportunity to streamline.