The U.S. Department of Homeland Security is reportedly warning that the U.S. could witness a retaliatory cyberattack at the hands of Russia if it decides to respond to the latter's potential invasion of Ukraine, where 100,000 or more troops have been amassed for weeks.
The U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation has issued a warning to consumers about cybercriminals targeting people through maliciously crafted quick response - or QR - codes that direct them to links where their credentials and financial information are siphoned off.
Microsoft researchers tracking Apache Log4j exploits last week discovered a previously undisclosed vulnerability in SolarWinds' Serv-U software. SolarWinds subsequently responded, investigated and fixed the flaw. Some observers described the new vulnerability as "surprising" and "disturbing."
Since Jan. 1, security researchers have identified six vulnerabilities affecting hundreds of thousands of WordPress websites. Cybersecurity experts say that the ubiquity of the content management platform makes it a prime target for attackers, and they offer holistic security solutions.
In the latest weekly update, four ISMG editors discuss the state of cyber insurance today and why its future is uncertain; applying a security-by-design reliability model to analyze vulnerabilities; and how Russia takes down members of the REvil ransomware group as cyber aggressions in Ukraine rise.
Although flaws in Apache Log4j software that need remediating remain widespread in organizations, "some of them are aware of the issue, some of them aren't aware of the issue, and likely this issue is going to be persisting with us for many, many years," says Jeff Macko, an offensive security expert at Kroll.
Singaporean cryptocurrency exchange Crypto.com confirms that its platform fell victim to a multimillion-dollar cyberattack. In a postmortem entry on its site, Crypto.com says unauthorized withdrawals targeted Ethereum and Bitcoin of 483 users. Associated losses were near $34 million.
Michael Lines is working with ISMG to promote awareness of the need for cyber risk management. As a part of that initiative, CyberEdBoard posts draft chapters from his upcoming book, "Heuristic Risk Management: Be Aware, Get Prepared, Defend Yourself." This chapter is "Recognize the Threats."
The U.K. government is considering new measures to boost cybersecurity standards in the country. The proposed laws recommend levying large fines on essential digital service providers for noncompliance with strict cybersecurity rules, and improving incident reporting.
More information continues to emerge about the destructive malware attack that targeted Ukrainian government systems last week. As a probe continues, numerous questions about the incident remain unanswered. But the three-stage wiper attack, disguised as ransomware, apparently hit few systems.
When Marcel Lehner was hired to be the CISO of MM Group in Vienna, his mandate was clear: to better embed information security management and governance throughout the manufacturer's organization. To do that, he ran a "hearts and minds" campaign to communicate his vision and strategy and boost uptake.
In a span of just days, two prominent congressmen who have long advanced cybersecurity at the federal level announced that they will not be seeking reelection in 2022. Reps. Jim Langevin, D-R.I., and John Katko, R-N.Y., will, however, pursue a cyber agenda throughout the remainder of their terms.
Attackers have been actively targeting Log4j vulnerabilities, or Log4Shell, vulnerabilities in the servers of virtualization solution VMware Horizon to establish persistent access via web shells, according to an alert by the U.K. National Health Service.
GAO auditors say in a new report that the federal government's response to both the SolarWinds software supply chain attack and the exploitation of Microsoft Exchange Servers in 2021 sharpened its coordination efforts, but also exposed information-sharing gaps.
The defacement of Ukrainian government websites may have been intended as a smokescreen for a destructive malware attack that failed to execute or has yet to be unleashed, some security experts warn. Ukraine continues to investigate the attack, which it suggests may trace to Russia, Belarus or both.