Gregory Touhill, the retired Air Force general and former federal CISO under President Obama, minces no words when he describes the Colonial Pipeline ransomware attack as a "global day of reckoning" for critical infrastructure protection.
"It's not personal ... It's strictly business." That line from "The Godfather" encapsulates the mindset of criminals who extort businesses using ransomware and other tools: Their imperative is profits, no matter any disruption they might cause to critical services, such as those provided by Colonial Pipeline.
The FBI and White House confirmed Monday that the DarkSide ransomware variant was used in the Friday attack that caused disruptions at Colonial Pipeline Co., which operates a pipeline that supplies fuel throughout the eastern U.S. But the gang behind the ransomware tried to shift the blame to an affiliate.
After a ransomware incident, Colonial Pipeline Co. has restored smaller pipelines that ship fuels to the U.S. East Coast, but its larger ones are still offline as it assesses safety. Citing U.S. officials, The Associated Press reports the company was infected by the DarkSide ransomware group.
U.S. and U.K. cybersecurity, law enforcement and intelligence agencies issued a joint advisory Friday offering detailed information on how to defend against the activities of the Russian Foreign Intelligence Service, or SVR, in the wake of the 2020 SolarWinds supply chain attack.
Attackers co-opted the Hancitor malware downloader and recently used it to deliver Cuba ransomware as part of an email spam campaign for data exfiltration and ransom extortion, a new report by security firm Group-IB finds.
The latest edition of the ISMG Security Report features an analysis of whether courts can trust evidence collected by Cellebrite's mobile device forensic tools. Also featured: Report shows attackers' dwell times plummeting; a call for partnership with law enforcement.
The NSA is offering operational technology security guidance for the Defense Department as well as third-party military contractors and others in the wake of the SolarWinds supply chain attack. The agency notes that attackers could use IT exploits to pivot to OT systems.
The latest edition of the ISMG Security Report features an analysis of British spy chief Jeremy Fleming’s "cybersecurity call to arms." Also featured: Insights on COVID-19 business continuity planning; the wisdom of the late Dan Kaminsky.
FluBot Android spyware is once again spreading throughout Europe following a temporary dip in activity in March after police arrested four suspects allegedly involved in the campaign, according to researchers at Proofpoint.
Ransomware continues to prove a reliable moneymaker for criminals, with the average cyber extortion payoff rising to $220,298, reports ransomware incident response firm Coveware. Zero-day attacks and shakedowns targeting Accellion File Transfer Appliance users helped boost criminals' profits.
An "update" pushed out earlier this year by law enforcement agencies, including Europol, on Sunday began erasing Emotet malware from infected devices worldwide, Malwarebytes reports. The move comes after the FBI recently remotely removed web shells from vulnerable on-premises Microsoft Exchange servers.
An advanced persistent threat group gained long-term access to an unnamed entity's network through its Ivanti Pulse Secure VPN and SolarWinds' Orion server and then installed Supernova malware, according to the U.S. Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency.
Has the CEO of inaccessible Turkish cryptocurrency exchange Thodex exit-scammed, fleeing the country with $2 billion worth of his customers' assets? So say critics, and police have launched an investigation. But the CEO, Faruk Fatih Ozer, who's in Albania, has vowed to clear his name and restore users' funds.