Four ISMG editors discuss important cybersecurity issues, including law enforcement authorities' disruption of ransomware gang REvil's operations, how to collaborate as an industry to fight the surge in ransomware attacks hitting businesses, and increasing diversity and inclusion in the workplace.
The latest ISMG Security Report features the fallibility of ransomware gangs and why victims should always seek help from a reputable response firm, law enforcement or other qualified expert. Also featured: Data protection advice and why the remote work model might make securing data easier.
The U.S. Department of State will create a Bureau of Cyberspace and Digital Policy, led by a Senate-confirmed ambassador-at-large, to advance its cybersecurity diplomacy efforts, according to Secretary of State Antony Blinken. The move is a response to a challenging global threat landscape.
Will the notorious ransomware operation known as REvil, aka Sodinokibi, reboot yet again after someone apparently messed with its infrastructure? Experts suggest that the operation's brand is burned, and administrators will launch a new group. Many affiliates, meanwhile, already work with multiple groups.
The operators behind Groove ransomware are calling on other extortion gangs to join forces to attack the U.S. public sector, according to chatter seen on underground forums, reports malware research organization vx-underground, citing a blog posted by the gang on a Russian site.
The actor behind the cyberattack targeting SolarWinds customers - Nobelium - is continuing its campaign to target the global IT supply chain, according to a new advisory from Microsoft, which says 140 resellers and tech service providers have been notified that they have been targeted by the group.
The latest edition of the ISMG Security Report features an analysis of whether businesses are stepping up their ransomware defenses in response to several warnings released by the U.S. and U.K. governments highlighting the threat posed to infrastructure. Also featured are the Thingiverse data breach and airline fraud...
In a busy congressional day for cybersecurity legislation, the U.S. House of Representatives passed several bills on Wednesday, targeting both software supply chain and telecommunication system security. One observer describes them as "a win-win for the government and U.S. citizens."
When a business, government agency or other organization hit by ransomware opted to pay a ransom to its attacker in Q3, the average payment was $140,000, reports ransomware incident response firm Coveware. It says the attack landscape has seen some notable shifts since the Colonial Pipeline attack.
A top leader of the U.S. Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency has voiced support for a 24-hour timeline for cyber incident reporting involving critical infrastructure, signaling a push by the Biden administration to implement a rapid mechanism for federal response.
Is there any bigger cybercrime soap opera than the life and times of ransomware operators? Take the REvil, aka Sodinokibi, ransomware-as-a-service operation, which feels like it's disappeared and reappeared more times than the secret, identical twin of the protagonist in your favorite melodrama.
How many ways do U.S. businesses need to be told to lock down their systems to safeguard themselves from ransomware? That's the focus of a new, joint cybersecurity advisory from the U.S. government pertaining to BlackMatter, following an advisory issued last month about Conti.
U.S. federal agencies issued a joint advisory around potential cyber threats to the nation's water facilities. They cite "ongoing malicious cyber activity - by both known and unknown actors - targeting the IT and OT technology networks, systems and devices" of U.S. water and wastewater systems.
Government authorities in Israel are warning healthcare sector entities in the country of potential cyberattacks after a ransomware attack this week on Hillel Yaffe Medical Center in the city of Hadera. The hospital said it is "using alternative systems" to care for its patients.
Microsoft, in its annual threat review report, Digital Defense, says 58% of cyberattacks worldwide over the past year originated in Russia. And 92% of the Russia-based threat activity came from the nation-state threat group Nobelium.