While the Maryland Department of Health's public website is operational again after a weekend network security incident, certain systems continue to be offline. Officials are asking employees not to use state-issued computers as state authorities and law enforcement agencies investigate.
It's no surprise that as some ransomware-wielding criminals have been hitting healthcare, pipelines and other sectors that provide critical services, governments have been recasting the risk posed by ransomware not just as a business threat but as an urgent national security concern.
A security flaw in Kafdrop, an open-source user interface and management interface for distributed event-streaming platform Apache Kafka, has exposed data of "major global players ... in healthcare, insurance, media and IoT," a report by cybersecurity company Spectral says.
A new Microsoft Teams feature makes it possible for employees to communicate with people outside the organization and vice versa through Teams. Security researchers believe the new update potentially opens up avenues for threat actors to target organizations through phishing attacks.
Casey Ellis, founder and CTO of Bugcrowd, shares insights from the company's annual report, Inside the Mind of a Hacker 2021, which reveals that 8 out of 10 ethical hackers recently identified a vulnerability they had never seen before.
A medical biller in Florida and an emergency medical technician in New York have each pleaded guilty in two separate federal cases involving the criminal misuse of patient information. One case involved healthcare fraud and identity theft, and the other criminal HIPAA violations.
Good news on the breach prevention and incident response front: More businesses are getting more mature practices in place, although as attackers continue to improve their efforts, so too must defenders, says incident response expert Rocco Grillo of consultancy Alvarez & Marsal.
Digital transformation has not been lost on higher education. But IAM approaches are often homegrown and antiquated. CIAM offers a new approach that can streamline and optimize the student digital experiences, says Okta's Ryan Schaller.
In October, Missouri's governor accused a journalist of hacking after he alerted the state to exposed personal information on a state education website. Now, emails reveal that state planned on thanking him before it chose to pursue prosecution and that the FBI immediately dismissed the incident.
A suspected Russian group blamed for the SolarWinds compromise in 2020 is continuing to innovate and is infiltrating technology services and resellers, according to a new report from Mandiant. Mandiant says the group, which it calls UNC2452 and Microsoft calls Nobelium, practices "top-notch operational security."
The FBI warns that the "Cuba" ransomware-wielding attackers have extorted $43.9 million in ransom payments from victims after compromising at least 49 organizations across five critical infrastructure sectors - financial services, government, healthcare, manufacturing and IT - since early November.
Spyware from sanctioned Israeli firm NSO Group has reportedly been detected on at least nine iPhones belonging to U.S. State Department officials with "state.gov" email addresses, who are located in Uganda or whose work focuses on Uganda, according to Reuters.
The U.S. Transportation Security Administration has issued new security directives for higher-risk freight railroads, passenger rail, and rail transit that it says will strengthen cybersecurity across the transportation sector in response to growing threats to critical infrastructure.
The Bioeconomy Information Sharing and Analysis Center is warning biotechnology organizations, including vaccine makers and other biomanufacturers, of escalating threats involving Tardigrade malware, which experts say is used to launch ransomware and other potentially serious attacks.
A former employee of a New York-based technology company, likely to be IoT technology company Ubiquiti, has been arrested for stealing confidential data and extorting his employer for nearly $2 million. If convicted, the suspect faces up to 37 years in prison.