The possibility of a terrorist group launching a massive Sept. 11, 2001-scale cyberattack against the U.S. or an ally has been a concern for years, but cybersecurity pros with a background in intelligence and military affairs say such worries are likely unwarranted.
In the latest weekly update, four editors at Information Security Media Group discuss important cybersecurity issues, including how ransomware affiliates change operators and why terrorists aren't launching massive cyberattacks.
Researchers have discovered email fraud campaigns in which unidentified threat actors are swindling victims out of bitcoin by tempting them with a substantial amount of tax-free cryptocurrency. This follows an SEC warning about fraudulent cryptocurrency schemes making the rounds
Attackers are actively exploiting a flaw in Microsoft Windows for which no patch is yet available. Microsoft has issued workarounds and mitigations designed to block the zero-day attack for the flaw in the MSHTML browsing engine, which is being exploited via malicious Microsoft Office documents.
Researchers say a pro-China influence operation leveraging a network of fake social media accounts has expanded, promoting in-person protests and narratives around COVID-19 and U.S. domestic policy, according to Mandiant, which does not definitively attribute the activity to the Chinese government.
The U.S. SEC in a new advisory warns against schemes targeting digital assets. Security experts say that with social engineering attempts on the rise, individuals and organizations must defend against related scams and other "get rich quick" schemes.
The Ragnar Locker ransomware operation has been threatening to dump victims' stolen data if they contact police, private investigators or professional negotiators before paying a ransom. But as one expert notes: "Perhaps the criminals watched too many TV shows, because this isn’t how the real world works."
Cisco has released an urgent software update to fix a critical authentication bug that can allow an unauthenticated, remote attacker to bypass authentication and log in to an affected device as an administrator.
Cyber Command and the U.S. Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency issued alerts Friday warning those using Atlassian's Confluence and Data Center products that attackers are actively exploiting the critical remote code execution vulnerability CVE-2021-26084.
Autodesk, a California-based design software and 3D technology firm, now says it was one of several tech and security companies targeted by a Russian-linked group that carried out the supply chain attack against SolarWinds, according to a financial filing with the SEC.
The U.S. SEC announced civil action against defunct cryptocurrency lending platform BitConnect for allegedly defrauding investors out of $2 billion. In response, experts say cryptocurrency markets will face continued scrutiny over investor protections, fraud and security.
As the United States heads into a holiday weekend, experts are warning that ransomware-wielding attackers are sure to unleash crypto-locking chaos in the coming days, with Conti ransomware attacks in particular having been rising sharply in recent weeks.
While there is currently a lack of specific cyberthreats, Deputy National Security Adviser Anne Neuberger urges organizations, especially those in critical infrastructure, to take precautions over the Labor Day weekend, as threat groups have taken advantage of previous holidays to conduct attacks.
Several companies that use the OpenSSL cryptography library toolkit are reportedly scrambling and releasing security advisories to their users following patching of two vulnerabilities that were first fixed and disclosed to users on Aug. 24.
Citing damaging ransomware attacks that it, along with the FBI, has observed over recent holidays, the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency issued an alert warning organizations to be prepared as the Labor Day holiday nears. CISA, however, is not tracking any immediate threats.