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.
The United Nations says its networks were accessed by attackers earlier this year, leading to follow-on intrusions. One cybercrime analyst reports that he'd alerted NATO after seeing access credentials for one of its enterprise resource planning software systems for sale via the cybercrime underground.
The latest edition of the ISMG Security Report features an analysis of the most sought-after type of victim for ransomware-wielding attackers. Also featured: fighting extortion schemes and stress management tips.
"Silence is gold." So says ransomware operator Ragnar Locker, as it attempts to compel victims to pay its ransom demand without ever telling anyone - especially not police. But some ransomware-battling experts have been advocating the opposite, including mandatory reporting of all ransom payments.
Despite a recent slowdown in incidents and some cybercriminals claiming they have stopped or abandoned ransomware attacks, National Cyber Director Chris Inglis says it's "too soon to tell," if the behavior of these groups has changed permanently or if they are waiting for an opportunity to return.
Apparent Babuk ransomware operation spinoff Groove, self-described as being an "aggressive financially motivated criminal organization," has launched as part of the new RAMP cybercrime forum, and is promising affiliates a bigger share of profits than traditional ransomware-as-a-service operations.
The White House is preparing executive branch agencies to adopt "zero trust" network architectures by 2024, with CISA and the OMB overseeing the creation of technology road maps that departments must follow. This is a major component of President Biden's cybersecurity executive order.
Last weekend’s confirmed attack on the Jenkins project using a recently discovered vulnerability in the Atlassian Confluence server could be the tip of the iceberg, suggests a security researcher who says thousands of Confluence servers remain vulnerable.
On Aug. 25, President Joe Biden invited about 25 technology, insurance, finance and education executives to the White House to discuss pressing cybersecurity issues such as supply chain and critical infrastructure. One of those participants was Resilience CEO Vishaal Hariprasad.
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 personal data of at least 1.3 million Indonesian residents, stored on two government-developed COVID-19 tracking apps, PeduliLindungi and eHAC, has been leaked online, according to security researchers. President Joko Widodo is among those affected.
A Russian citizen, alleged to be working as a developer for the malware-spreading organization Trickbot, reportedly has been arrested at Seoul-Incheon International Airport. He was questioned by Korean authorities following an extradition request from the U.S.
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.