Ransomware-wielding attackers love to lie to victims. But REvil - aka Sodinokibi - has reportedly been running double negotiations to make affiliates think a victim hasn't paid a ransom, using a backdoor in the malware that allows administrators to decrypt victims' systems, so affiliates don't get their cut.
Four editors at Information Security Media Group discuss important cybersecurity issues, including the rise of quadruple extortion attacks employed by ransomware gangs, the FBI reportedly withholding the Kaseya ransomware decryption key for weeks, and raising security posture during a pandemic.
The latest edition of the ISMG Security Report features an analysis of how the U.S. government has been tracking an increase in the pace of attacks tied to Conti ransomware. Also featured are what "protection" means today and building a new cybersecurity operating model.
A new and still little-known ransomware group called Karma has been pursuing a novel strategy to pressure victims into paying: Get journalists to publicize businesses hit by the ransomware operation, adding pressure on victims to pay the ransom demand.
Republican lawmakers have expressed additional concerns around Chinese telecom giant Huawei to the nation's top diplomat. In a letter to Secretary of State Antony Blinken, Sen. Tom Cotton and Rep. Mike Gallagher outline Huawei's global cloud services and seek answers on privacy concerns.
The pace of Conti ransomware attacks has been increasing, with more than 400 organizations globally having fallen victim, warns a joint cybersecurity advisory from the U.S. Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, FBI and National Security Agency, which details essential defenses.
Russian cybersecurity firm Rostelecom-Solar reports that it prevented what it believes is the Mēris botnet from an attempted takeover of 45,000 new devices. The company's president says it also stopped 19 distributed denial-of-service attacks targeting Russia’s remote electronic voting system.
U.S. FBI and Department of Homeland Security leaders fielded several cybersecurity questions from House lawmakers Wednesday, particularly around the surge in ransomware attacks, diplomatic efforts to curb ransomware's financial model, and the nation-states that harbor cybercriminals.
A Russian-linked group known as Turla has been deploying a secondary backdoor against numerous targets to maintain persistence within compromised devices even after the primary malware has been discovered and removed, Cisco Talos report. Victims include U.S., German and Afghan organizations.
In the latest weekly update, four editors at Information Security Media Group discuss important cybersecurity issues, including the role of cyber insurers in supporting ransomware victims' incident response, and how to build a successful bug bounty program.
The U.S. Department of the Treasury has blacklisted Russia-based cryptocurrency exchange Suex for allegedly laundering tens of millions of dollars for ransomware operators, scammers and darknet markets. It is the first such designation for a virtual currency exchange.
Marketron Broadcast Solutions was hit over the weekend by a ransomware attack launched by the BlackMatter gang, and the attack has taken down a number of the marketing firm's products. Marketron is currently in talks with its attacker.
FBI Director Christopher Wray faced questions during a Senate hearing Tuesday concerning a published report that the bureau for almost three weeks withheld a decryption key that agents obtained from the ransomware gang that targeted software firm Kaseya.
NEW Cooperative, an Iowa-based farm services cooperative, has reportedly been targeted by the BlackMatter ransomware gang, demanding a $5.9 million payment from the organization, according to security researchers and published reports. The cooperative is working with law enforcement agencies.
The Mēris botnet, responsible for huge waves of DDoS attacks recorded by cybersecurity firms Qrator Labs and Cloudflare, is still active, using "abandoned" MikroTik routers. The attack signatures saw a spike of 21.8 million requests per second, exploiting a vulnerable version of MikroTik RouterOS.