Is it any wonder that criminals keep flocking to ransomware when their individual haul from a well-executed digital heist can be worth $11 million? That's the amount paid to the REvil ransomware gang by meatpacker JBS USA, after its systems were crypto-locked on May 30.
Colonial Pipeline Co. CEO Joseph Blount returned to Capitol Hill on Wednesday to answer additional questions about his company's response to the ransomware attack that affected the firm's operations for nearly a week, as well as his decision to pay the attackers.
Content delivery network Fastly says its global outage on Tuesday was caused by an unanticipated software bug, which it has now patched. IT experts caution that content delivery networks and other cloud services can become single points of failure if they go down, unless users have resiliency plans.
Colonial Pipeline Co. CEO Joseph Blount defended his actions during the opening hours of the May 7 DarkSide ransomware attack against his company as several lawmakers on the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee grilled the executive for over two hours on Tuesday.
CISA is preparing to expand its vulnerability research and disclosure program, which is now mandatory for nearly all executive branch agencies, by creating a vulnerability disclosure platform service. As part of this effort, the cybersecurity agency is partnering with Bugcrowd and EnDyna.
Ransomware actors continue to target schools and universities across the U.K., and attacks have surged since February, a new report by the U.K's National Cyber Security Center warns. The agency has also released a free tool to help schools detect any compromise.
Ransomware attacks have evolved over the years as attackers have come out with new strategies for digital extortion, says Chris Novak, global director of the Threat Research Advisory Center at Verizon Business Group. He shares insight from the Verizon 2021 Data Breach Investigations Report.
The U.S. Justice Department reported it recouped $2.3 million of the $4.4 million ransom Colonial Pipeline Co. paid following a May 7 ransomware attack. The DOJ's Ransomware and Digital Extortion Task Force coordinated the effort, in which the FBI tracked payment to a bitcoin wallet it controls.
The recent decision by a Massachusetts-based hospital to pay a ransom in exchange for promises by the attackers to destroy stolen data spotlights the difficult choices many healthcare entities face in the wake of cyberattacks.
If you're a Russian cybercrime gang feeling the heat after being sanctioned by the U.S. government, why not rebrand? So goes an apparent move by Evil Corp to disguise its WastedLocker ransomware as rival gang Babuk's PayloadBin, so any ransom payers won't think they're violating U.S. sanctions.
In response to a string of high-profile and damaging ransomware attacks that took place over the past several months, the Biden administration sent an open letter to U.S. business leaders asking them to take the proper steps to protect their organizations from ransomware.
The ransomware attack that disrupted operations at meat processing giant JBS has exposed cybersecurity shortcomings in the U.S. agricultural sector and food supply chain. Experts say the industry demands the level of security scrutiny given to the electrical grid and other critical infrastructure.
Election security improvements, the push for all software to ship with a "bill of materials" and the results of a long-running investigation into a lucrative digital advertising scam are among the latest cybersecurity topics to be featured for analysis by a panel of Information Security Media Group editors.
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.
The latest edition of the ISMG Security Report details the ongoing wave of ransomware attacks, including the disruption of JBS, the world's largest supplier of meat. Also featured are police busting criminals who formerly used the EncroChat communications network and the strategies for filling the cyber skills gap.