For combating ransomware, doing the security basics is essential, including keeping systems updated and patched. Don't follow in the footsteps of one technology firm, which Sophos found got hit by Cring ransomware after attackers exploited ColdFusion software that hadn't been patched in 11 years.
Ransomware-wielding attackers love to lie to victims. But REvil - aka Sodinokibi - has reportedly been running double negotiations to make affiliates think a victim hasn't paid a ransom, using a backdoor in the malware that allows administrators to decrypt victims' systems, so affiliates don't get their cut.
Two proposed class action lawsuits filed this week in a California federal court allege negligence and a variety of other claims against UC San Diego Health in the wake of a phishing incident that affected nearly 496,000 individuals.
Chinese security researcher Pan Xiaopan has discovered a malware targeting Mac users. The malware, spread via a paid advertisement on search engine Baidu, is intended to harvest user credentials, he says. The advertisement has now been taken down.
Four editors at Information Security Media Group discuss important cybersecurity issues, including the rise of quadruple extortion attacks employed by ransomware gangs, the FBI reportedly withholding the Kaseya ransomware decryption key for weeks, and raising security posture during a pandemic.
The ransomware attack on Tamil Nadu's Public Department puts the spotlight on the preparedness to identify and stave off attacks. Some security experts say outdated servers, lack of advanced security measures and inadequate cyber laws make state government institutions vulnerable.
The latest edition of the ISMG Security Report features an analysis of how the U.S. government has been tracking an increase in the pace of attacks tied to Conti ransomware. Also featured are what "protection" means today and building a new cybersecurity operating model.
A new and still little-known ransomware group called Karma has been pursuing a novel strategy to pressure victims into paying: Get journalists to publicize businesses hit by the ransomware operation, adding pressure on victims to pay the ransom demand.
The pace of Conti ransomware attacks has been increasing, with more than 400 organizations globally having fallen victim, warns a joint cybersecurity advisory from the U.S. Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, FBI and National Security Agency, which details essential defenses.
Microsoft Security on Tuesday issued a detailed report on a massive phishing-as-a-service operation named BulletProofLink that offered as a subscription all the tools needed to conduct a campaign. The gang remains operational.
Researcher Bob Diachenko has discovered an unsecured database containing personal information of 106 million foreign nationals who have visited Thailand in the past decade. The 200GB database, which has now been secured, has not been accessed by unauthorized personnel, Thai authorities say.
The Spanish and Italian national police agencies, in conjunction with Europol, have arrested 106 individuals who allegedly are linked to the Italian mafia on a variety of online fraud charges that authorities say earned the group at least 10 million euros ($11.7 million) in illegal profits.
The Biden administration may soon unveil plans to curtail the ransomware attacks that have crippled corporate networks this year. According to a report from The Wall Street Journal, the Treasury Department will announce sanctions and similar guidance designed to disrupt the ransomware model.
Cisco Talos researchers have connected a previously discovered series of aviation industry attacks stretching back more than three years to a Nigeria-based attacker. The attacker sold the stolen information on the darknet, the researchers say.
Score one for the good guys in the fight against ransomware: Anyone who fell victim to REvil, aka Sodinokibi, crypto-locking malware before July 13 can now decrypt their files for free, thanks to a decryptor released by security firm Bitdefender.