Using a nearly 20-year-old file transfer product - what could go wrong? Among the many lessons to be learned from the Accellion File Transfer Appliance mess is this: Attackers will devote substantial resources to reverse-engineer hardware, software or a service if there's a financial upside.
In an eye-opening look at the cost burden of a ransomware attack, Universal Health Services reports that an incident last September had a $67 million economic impact - citing, for example, the need to divert patients to competing facilities for urgent care. But insurance may cover much of the cost.
Prolific Ryuk ransomware has a new trick up its sleeve. "A Ryuk sample with worm-like capabilities - allowing it to spread automatically within networks it infects" was recently discovered during an incident response effort, warns CERT-FR, the French government's computer emergency response team.
Ransomware continues to sting numerous organizations, and the problem only seems to be getting worse. More than ever, the onus is on potential victims to ensure they have essential defenses in place - and if possible, to proactively hunt for attackers who may already be inside their network.
French authorities are warning the country's healthcare sector of the discovery of a glut of stolen credentials, apparently belonging to hospital workers, that were found for sale on the dark web. The alert comes amid a recent rise in ransomware attacks on hospitals and other healthcare entities.
SonicWall was recently attacked via a zero-day flaw in one of its own products. Curiously, SonicWall hasn't said much about the extent and damage of the breach since its announcement. But there are strong indications it may have been targeted by an extortion attempt.
The "Cuba" ransomware gang has hit Seattle-based Automatic Funds Transfer Services, which processes data from California's Department of Motor Vehicles as well as many cities in Washington. Victim organizations say AFTS is investigating the incident and that an unknown amount of individuals' data was exposed.
A California-based eye care provider – which also handles billing and other administrative services for a separate local surgery practice – says its online storage vendor was recently hit by hackers and paid a ransom for the return of patient data stolen from both entities.
Individuals suspected of providing hacking, logistical and financial support to the Egregor ransomware-as-a-service operation have been arrested by police in Ukraine as part of a joint operation with French cybercrime police coordinated by Europol, according to a French media report.
The decline in the total number of U.S. data breaches in 2020 isn't all good news; it reflects that hackers are changing their tactics, says James Lee of the Identity Theft Resource Center, who offers an analysis of the center's new data breach report.
The latest edition of the ISMG Security Report features an analysis of the persistent threat of ransomware. Also featured: Sorting out breaches tied to Accellion’s File Transfer Appliance; an update on fraud trends in 2021.
Maze was one of the most notorious and successful ransomware operations of recent years until its apparent "retirement" and handover to Egregor in November 2020. Some rivals have suggested both groups have ties to the Russian government. But is that just sour grapes, or even simply an attempted scam?
Ransomware operations continue to come and go. The notorious Maze ransomware gang retired last year, apparently replaced by Egregor, while new operators, such as Pay2Key, RansomEXX and Everest, have emerged. But in recent months, experts say, just six operations have accounted for 84% of attacks.