Following revelations that commercial spyware vendor NSO Group was able to exploit the latest model of the Apple iPhone to install surveillance software, experts describe how Apple could be doing more to lock down its iOS mobile operating system as well as curtail attacks by making them much costlier to run.
The Biden administration formally accused China's Ministry of State Security of conducting a series of attacks against vulnerable Microsoft Exchange servers earlier this year that affected thousands of organizations. This group is also accused of carrying out ransomware and other cyber operations.
A leak of 50,000 telephone numbers and email addresses led to the "Pegasus Project," a global media consortium's research effort that discovered how Pegasus spyware developed by NSO Group is being used in the wild.
A new exposé tracking how spyware has been used to target journalists and human rights advocates suggests attackers have been exploiting zero-day flaws in Apple applications and devices. Apple says the flaws, while serious, likely pose no risk to the vast majority of its users.
This edition of the ISMG Security Report features an analysis of comments from the former head of Britain's GCHQ intelligence agency, Robert Hannigan, on the changing nature of ransomware attacks. Also featured: Disrupting the ransomware-as-a-service business model; supply chain security management tips.
Security software firm NortonLifeLock says it is in "advanced discussions" to acquire Avast, a rival security firm known for its freemium antivirus software. NortonLifeLock was formerly Symantec's consumer-focused business.
SonicWall is urging users of its Secure Mobile Access 100 series and its Secure Remote Access products running unpatched and end-of-life 8.x firmware to immediately apply patches or disconnect the devices because a ransomware campaign using stolen credentials is targeting the them.
Software developer Kaseya has released patches for its remote monitoring software, which had been exploited by REvil ransomware attackers to infect up to 60 MSPs and 1,500 of their clients. The patches mitigate the final three vulnerabilities out of seven that researchers reported to Kaseya in early April.
This edition of the ISMG Security Report features three segments on battling ransomware. It includes insights on the Biden administration's efforts to curtail ransomware attacks, comments on risk mitigation from the acting director of CISA, plus suggestions for disrupting the ransomware business model.
The Biden administration has a message for Russia: Rein in the criminal hackers operating from inside your borders who hit Western targets, or we'll do it for you. But experts say disrupting ransomware will take more than diplomacy or even using offensive cyber operations to target criminal infrastructure.
Global software vendor Kaseya worked in earnest for three months to resolve flaws in its VSA monitoring and management software but ultimately lost the race, Dutch researchers say. A timeline released on Wednesday gives insight into what happened before a devastating mass ransomware attack.
It was stealthy, and it was widespread. But perhaps the Kaseya VSA ransomware attack wasn't quite as effective and damaging as initially feared, says Michael Daniel, president and CEO of the Cyber Threat Alliance. He explains where defenses succeeded.
The Kaseya VSA ransomware attack was discussed exhaustively over the Fourth of July holiday weekend. But there's one big question that hasn’t been answered, says Tom Kellermann, head of cybersecurity strategy at VMware Carbon Black: "Who gave REvil the zero-day?"
IT services provider Synnex Corp., which counts the Republican National Committee as a customer, said Tuesday that an intrusion attempt against it may be related to Friday's Kaseya supply chain ransomware attack. The RNC says no breach of its systems occurred.