He’s been an Air Force general, a CEO and the first federal CISO. Now Gregory Touhill is taking charge as director of the Carnegie Mellon University Software Engineering Institute's CERT Division. And he’s bringing all his past experience to bear in a new effort to forge partnerships and protections.
Ransomware continues to prove a reliable moneymaker for criminals, with the average cyber extortion payoff rising to $220,298, reports ransomware incident response firm Coveware. Zero-day attacks and shakedowns targeting Accellion File Transfer Appliance users helped boost criminals' profits.
Dan Kaminsky, a renowned security researcher, died last week at age 42. He gained cybersecurity fame in 2008 after discovering and helping to coordinate a patch for a massive security flaw in the internet's Domain Name System.
The FBI and CISA are warning of continued cyberthreats stemming from Russia's Foreign Intelligence Service, or SVR, which the Biden administration formally accused of carrying out the SolarWinds supply chain attack. A joint alert describes how Russian attackers are targeting vulnerable networks.
Researchers at RiskIQ say they've discovered more than a dozen previously undocumented command-and-control servers used in the SolarWinds supply chain attack, showing that the cyberespionage operation was much larger than previously identified.
An advanced persistent threat group gained long-term access to an unnamed entity's network through its Ivanti Pulse Secure VPN and SolarWinds' Orion server and then installed Supernova malware, according to the U.S. Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency.
While the Biden administration is betting that the latest round of sanctions aimed at Russia and its economy will help deter the country's cyber operations, several U.S. agencies used the sanctions announcement as an opportunity to pull back the curtain on the tactics of Russia's Foreign Intelligence Service.
Initial access brokers continue to ply their trade, selling immediate access to hacked sites to make it easier for gangs to steal data and crypto-lock systems. But researchers say an overabundant supply of access credentials appears to be driving down the prices being commanded on cybercrime forums and markets.
The increasing reliance on collaboration tools such as Slack and Discord to support those working remotely during the COVID-19 pandemic has opened up new ways for fraudsters and cybercriminals to bypass security tools and deliver malware, Cisco Talos reports.
Attackers are targeting unpatched SAP applications, and the exploits could lead to the hijacking of the vulnerable systems, data theft and ransomware attacks, SAP and Onapsis Research Labs report. They note that patches for most of the flaws have been available for several years.
The SolarWinds supply chain attack demonstrates that Russian intelligence services have learned from previous operations and adjusted their tactics, says Dmitri Alperovitch, the former CTO of security firm CrowdStrike, which investigated Russian interference in the 2016 election.
Criminals operating online continue to tap ransomware in their pursuit of an illicit payday. That was the cybercrime reality throughout 2020, and unfortunately it still appears to be holding true in the first months of this year, the Cisco Talos Incident Response team reports.
Swiss cybersecurity firm Prodaft says it has accessed several servers used by an advanced persistent threat group tied to the SolarWinds supply chain attack. These attackers continue to target large corporations and public institutions worldwide, with a focus on the U.S. and the European Union, the researchers say.