After hearings in the Senate and House on a spate of ransomware attacks that have put the nation's critical infrastructure in danger, some security experts say Congress may be poised to take action to create greater regulatory oversight of cybersecurity within certain industries.
The chief operating officer of a network security firm serving the healthcare sector has been charged by federal prosecutors with crimes stemming from an alleged cyberattack on an Atlanta, Georgia-area medical center in 2018. Some legal experts say the unusual case offers forewarnings to others.
Cryptocurrency has a reputation for being tough to trace - no wonder anonymity-craving criminals favor using it. In reality, cryptocurrencies don't make users anonymous. But just how did the FBI recover most of the bitcoins paid by Colonial Pipeline to the DarkSide ransomware operation?
The Biden administration has rescinded a number of Trump-era executive orders that banned social media apps such as TikTok and WeChat from the U.S. over national security concerns. Instead, the Commerce Department will conduct a security review of all Chinese-made apps and the data they collect.
Thousands of suspected criminals have been relying on the "Anom" encrypted communications platform to coordinate their efforts. But the FBI and Australian police developed Anom as a honeypot for monitoring criminals, producing intelligence that globally led to 800 arrests and massive drug seizures.
In its 19th enforcement action involving a HIPAA "patient right of access" dispute, the Department of Health and Human Services has smacked a small medical practice with a financial fine and a supervised corrective action plan.
The White House has written to business leaders, urging them to prioritize having robust ransomware defenses in place. The move comes as the Biden administration pursues multiple strategies to combat ransomware and digital extortion, including ordering a new task force to coordinate all federal investigations.
In a decision that will have major implications for the cybersecurity industry, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled Thursday to limit the scope of the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act. Security researchers and civil liberty groups argued that the 1986 law was too broadly written and outdated for today.
The Department of Homeland Security has issued a cybersecurity directive that requires the operators of oil and gas pipelines to report ransomware attacks and other security incidents to the government and take other security steps.
A Detroit man is the fourth individual to plead guilty in connection with hacking human resources databases at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center and stealing the personally identifiable information of more than 65,000 UPMC employees, some of which was used to commit federal income tax fraud.
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security is preparing cybersecurity regulations for the oil and gas industry in the wake of the ransomware attack on Colonial Pipeline Co. that resulted in the company suspending operations for several days, according to The Washington Post.
Insurance company CNA's apparent decision to pay attackers a $40 million ransom and Colonial Pipeline Co.'s payment of a $4.4 million ransom are stirring debate over whether such payments should be banned under federal law.
"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.
In a session at RSA Conference 2021, three cybersecurity experts said top priorities among the U.S. Cyberspace Solarium Commission's recommendations that have not yet been carried out are adopting a federal data breach notification law and improving public-private partnerships.