The MyKings botnet, which has been spreading cryptominers and other malware, continues to grow in sophistication, using steganography to hide malicious updates, Sophos Labs reports. New research also shows attackers are exploiting the EternalBlue vulnerability in Windows.
The latest edition of the ISMG Security Report discusses the recent ransomware attacks on the city of New Orleans as well as other units of local government and schools. Also featured: discussion on security issues for IoT and legacy medical devices.
The gang behind Maze ransomware has begun publicly identifying its victims and listing data that it exfiltrated from systems before leaving them crypto-locked. The intent is clear: By naming and shaming victims, the Maze gang is trying to compel them to pay.
Two Russian men have been charged with stealing more than $100 million from banks around the world using the notorious Dridex malware, according to an unsealed U.S. indictment that caps off a decade-long investigation led by American and British law enforcement agencies.
What are the key mobile security threats to financial organizations, and how are these enterprises marshalling their mobile threat defense? These were the questions posed by ISMG and Wandera to security leaders in San Francisco. Wandera's Michael Covington discusses the response.
Global security company Prosegur has blamed Ryuk ransomware for a service disruption that started Wednesday, which may have hampered networked alarms. Prosegur isn't revealing much detail but says it is in the process of restoring services.
Bala Kumar of iovation, a TransUnion company, sees a marked spike in identity fraud in general, and at account origination in particular. How does this increase manifest across industry sectors, and how should organizations re-think their defenses?
Facebook is suing NSO Group, a spyware company, alleging it developed a potent exploit to spy on WhatsApp messages sent by diplomats, journalists, human rights activists and political dissidents. Facebook is seeking damages and an injunction forbidding NSO Group from accessing its infrastructure.
Sodinokibi/REvil appears to be making millions since it seized the ransomware-as-a-service mantle from GandCrab earlier this year. Security firm McAfee says up to 40 percent of every victim's ransom payment - average: $4,000 - gets remitted to the Sodinokibi actor, with "affiliates" keeping the rest.
Law enforcement success inevitably sparks criminals to become more innovative, including shifting from centralized markets - such as Hansa and Wall Street Market - to encrypted and distributed marketplaces, says the University of Surrey's Alan Woodward.
In the past year, cybercriminals behind
two of the biggest ransomware attacks
have abandoned other techniques
in favor of exploiting remote desktop
protocol. Matt Boddy of Sophos explains
why RDP attacks are so popular - and
what you can do to discourage them.
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The city of Baltimore's ransomware outbreak - $18 million in costs and counting - led to many crypto-locked files being lost forever, because no IT policy mandated centralized file backups. But effective IT solutions exist to help solve this challenge, provided they're deployed in advance of an attack.
A hacker group called Tortoiseshell has been hitting targets in the Middle East since at least July 2018, apparently targeting IT service providers to gain access to many potential targets at once. The campaign is fresh proof that criminals and nation-state attackers alike continue to favor supply chain attacks.
As part of the U.S. government's continuing efforts to highlight the North Korean government's cyberattacks, the U.S. Treasury Department has sanctioned three alleged North Korean hacking groups that have been blamed for the WannaCry ransomware, online bank heists and destructive malware attacks.