A seemingly nonstop number of ransomware-wielding attackers have been granting tell-all media interviews. One perhaps inadvertent takeaway from these interviews is the extent to which - surprise - so many criminals use lies in an attempt to compel more victims to pay a ransom.
In the wake of a recent cyberattack on UF Health Central Florida that disrupted access to patients' electronic health records for about a month during recovery, the entity is now reporting the incident also exposed patient information.
A consolidated class action lawsuit filed against mobile game developer Zynga after it suffered a 2019 data breach looks set to be handled instead via arbitration. A judge notes that users agreed to arbitration in the terms and conditions, and so far, they've failed to prove they suffered any financial harm.
The new BlackMatter ransomware operation claimed to have incorporated "the best features of DarkSide, REvil and LockBit." Now, a security expert who obtained a BlackMatter decryptor reports that code similarities suggest "that we are dealing with a Darkside rebrand here."
The Russian-linked group that targeted SolarWinds using a supply chain attack compromised at least one email account at 27 U.S. attorneys' offices in 15 states and Washington, D.C., throughout 2020, according to an update posted by the Justice Department.
Citing a need to secure artificial intelligence technologies, NIST is working to create risk management guidance around the use of AI and machine learning, the agency has announced. NIST is seeking feedback to address governance challenges.
A joint cybersecurity advisory issued by several agencies this week highlighting the ongoing exploits of longstanding software vulnerabilities illustrates the woeful state of patch management, security experts say.
The ransomware landscape changes constantly as groups disappear, change approaches or rebrand. The DoppelPaymer operation, for example, appears to have reinvented itself as Grief, while the administrator of Babuk has launched a ransomware-friendly cybercrime forum called RAMP.
In the latest weekly update, three editors at Information Security Media Group discuss important cybersecurity issues, including the latest ransomware trends, plus an update on NIST's "zero trust" initiative.
The latest edition of the ISMG Security Report features an analysis of the disappearance of ransomware-as-a-service groups, such as REvil and Darkside, and how that impacts the wider cybercrime ecosystem. Also featured: ransomware recovery tips; regulating cyber surveillance tools.
Ransomware operations continue to thrive thanks to a vibrant cybercrime-as-a-service ecosystem designed to support all manner of online attacks. Given that attackers first need remote access to victims' systems, robust patch management and remote desktop protocol security remain obvious must-have defenses.
Cyber insurance provider Coalition Inc. says its clients' average claims for losses when they were hit by a ransomware attack totaled $184,000 in the first half of this year, down 45% compared to the second half of 2020. Negotiating lower ransoms and more efficient recovery were key factors.
A second defendant has been sentenced for her role in a Texas conspiracy involving the theft of data from patients' electronic health records that was then sold to support fraudulent claims for payment.
Europol says the "No More Ransom" project, a portal launched five years ago, so far has helped more than 6 million ransomware victims worldwide recover their files for free so they could avoid paying almost 1 billion euros ($1.2 billion) in ransoms.