The arrest of a married New Yorker couple, charged with laundering bitcoins worth $3.6 billion that were stolen from a currency exchange in 2016, highlights the risk facing anyone who wants to launder large amounts of cryptocurrency and stay free long enough to enjoy their alleged rap career.
As the U.S. Congress continues to push for a strengthening of FISMA, lawmakers held a hearing with former government cybersecurity officials on Tuesday, all of whom expressed a need to update the law, last modified in 2014, and focus more on outcomes than on processes and compliance.
The year is ending with a cybersecurity bang - not whimper - due to the widespread prevalence of the Apache Log4j vulnerability. Researchers warn that at least 40% of corporate networks have been targeted by attackers seeking to exploit the flaw. More than 250 vendors have already issued security advisories.
Most federal executive branch agencies in the U.S. now have vulnerability disclosure policies. John Jackson and Jackson Henry of the security research group Sakura Samurai say those policies ensure they don't get into legal trouble for helping improve cybersecurity.
The calculus facing cybercrime practitioners is simple: Can they stay out of jail long enough to enjoy their ill-gotten gains? A push by the U.S. government and allies aims to blunt the ongoing ransomware scourge. But will practitioners quit the cybercrime life?
In his second Rant of the Day for the CyberEdBoard Profiles in Leadershop blog, Ian Keller, security director and CyberEdBoard executive member, talks about what a CISO does - and what a CISO should do.
John O'Driscoll is the first CISO for the Australian state of Victoria, a job that has purview over 1,900 entities with 340,000 public servants. He's an expert in risk and audit, and that has subsequently lead to interesting conversations about who is accountable for risk and how to manage risk.
Rant of the day: Are we getting hacked because we now work remotely in the new normal? No, we're being hacked because we're not managing our risks and being lazy - and because the CISO is not being heard.
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.
The code used to build copies of Babuk ransomware - to infect victims with the crypto-locking malware - has been leaked, after someone posted the software to virus-scanning service VirusTotal. Whether the leak was intentional - perhaps a rival gang seeking to burn the operation - remains unclear.
"They’re playing games," is how one security expert describes Conti ransomware-wielding attackers' "gift" of a decryptor to Ireland's crypto-locked health service, while still demanding a ransom to not leak stolen health data. The same could be said of the DarkSide gang's promised retirement.