Japanese computer game company Capcom acknowledged this week that a November security incident was a Ragnar Locker ransomware attack that resulted in about 350,000 customer and company records, including sales and shareholder data, potentially being compromised.
Over the past five years, ransomware-as-a-service offerings have largely evolved from putting automated toolkits into the hands of subscribers to recruiting affiliates and sharing profits. To maximize revenue, some larger operators are also seeking affiliates with more advanced IT and hacking skills.
Darkside is the latest ransomware operation to announce an affiliate program in which a ransomware operator maintains crypto-locking malware and a ransom payment infrastructure while crowdsourced and vetted affiliates find and infect targets. When a victim pays, the operator and affiliate share the loot.
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.
Only a few hours after polls closed, fraudsters started using the uncertainty over the winner of the U.S. presidential election to send out spam messages that are designed to infect devices with the Qbot banking Trojan, according to Malwarebytes.
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.
A recently identified hacking group dubbed UNC1945 used a never-before-seen zero-day vulnerability in the Oracle Solaris operating system to target corporate networks and plant malware, according to FireEye Mandiant. This threat actor is known to focus on telecom, financial and consulting firm targets.
Aleksandr Brovko, a Russian national, has been sentenced to eight years in federal prison for stealing personally identifiable data and online banking credentials using a botnet, according to the U.S. Justice Department. Federal prosecutors estimate the losses at $100 million.
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.
The latest edition of the ISMG Security Report analyzes a new report that labels ransomware as the No. 1 cybercrime threat. Also featured: A former FBI agent offers an update on "disruptionware" attacks; how Tesla's autopilot is tricked by phantom images.
Ransomware attacks remain the top cyber-enabled threat seen by law enforcement. But phishing, business email compromises and other types of fraud - many now using a COVID-19 theme - also loom large, Europol warns in its latest Internet Organized Crime Threat Assessment.
The latest edition of the ISMG Security Report features an analysis on why criminals continue to use darknet markets, despite the risks. Also featured: Hackers target Virgin Mobile KSA; coping with COVID-19 stress.
With so many cybercrime markets continuing to disappear, why haven't encrypted messaging apps stepped in to fill the gap? They might seem to be the perfect solution to admins stealing buyers' and sellers' cryptocurrency - via an exit scam - or police infiltration. But encrypted apps have their own downsides.
Russian criminals operating online who want to stay out of jail need only to follow a few simple rules, the primary one being: Never target Russians. So it's surprising that security researchers have uncovered a new ransomware-wielding gang of Russian speakers that includes Russian victims on its hit list.