Message to anyone who placed or fulfilled an order via the world's largest darknet market, Empire, in recent weeks: Say bye-bye to your cryptocurrency. It's increasingly clear that Empire's administrators "exit scammed," closing up shop and leaving with a horde of digital currency.
Never store hardcoded credentials in code uploaded to public-facing GitHub repositories, and make sure none of your business associates are doing that. Those are just two takeaways from a new report that describes how nine organizations were inadvertently exposing health records for at least 150,000 patients.
Ransomware gangs continue to see bigger payoffs from their ransom-paying victims, driven by "big-game hunting," data exfiltration and smaller players seeking larger returns, according to ransomware incident response firm Coveware.
Who watches the penetration-testing testers? Questions are circulating over how some organizations train their employees for the CREST pen-testing certification after some leaked internal documents appeared to contain material from past tests.
One day, you may drive your Tesla Cybertruck on Cyber Monday to your cybersecurity job, backed by a cyber insurance policy as you safeguard cyberspace against the threat of cyberwar. Or cyber whatever, since we've obviously entered the era of "maximum cyber." But what does cyber even mean?
How many different shades of bizarre is the data breach notification issued by software vendor Blackbaud? Over the course of three paragraphs, Blackbaud normalizes hacking, congratulates its amazing cybersecurity team, and says it cares so much for its customers that it paid a ransom to attackers.
If the first rule of combating attempted election interference by nation-states is to watch for when it's happening, where does that leave Britain? A scathing report from Parliament's Intelligence and Security Committee concludes that national security was likely trumped by Russian money.
Following Twitter's admission that cryptocurrency scammers socially engineered its employees to gain control of 45 high-profile accounts, one reaction has been: Why didn't anyone crack Twitter sooner? Unfortunately, the answer is that they have, especially if you count nation-states bribing insiders.
Britain's U-turn on Huawei, announcing that it will now ban the manufacturer's gear from its 5G networks, highlights this as yet unresolved problem: Years of underinvestment and policy failures have left Britain and its allies with no inexpensive, trusted alternative.
To the long list of alleged hackers who failed to practice good operational security so they could remain anonymous, add another name: Andrey Turchin, who's been charged with running the Fxmsp hacking group, which prosecutors say relied on Jabber and bitcoins in an attempt to hide their real identities.
U.S. prosecutors this week unsealed an indictment against the alleged hacker "Fxmsp" after his identity was revealed in a cybersecurity firm's report. That sequence of events has raised questions about information sharing and highlighted law enforcement's reliance on private cybersecurity researchers.
Ransomware-wielding attackers continue to pummel organizations. But labeling these as being just ransomware attacks often misses how much these incidents involve serious network intrusions, exfiltration of extensive amounts of data, data leaks and, as a result, reportable data breaches.
Could your organization withstand an attack by the master hacking operation known as "Fxmsp"? Hollywood loves to portray hackers as having ninja-like skills. But Fxmsp often favored the simplest tools for the job, because they so often worked. Defenders: Take note.
Many ransomware gangs hell-bent on seeing a criminal payday have now added data exfiltration to their shakedown arsenal. Gangs' extortion play: Pay us, or we'll dump stolen data. One massive takeaway is that increasingly, ransomware outbreaks also are data breaches, thus triggering breach notification rules.
Britain's failure to contain COVID-19 - despite Prime Minister Boris Johnson promising a "world-beating" effort - now includes a failed digital contact-tracing app. A new version, built to work with Apple and Google APIs, may be released by winter. Really, what's the rush?