In the latest weekly update, ISMG editors examine the story of a Maryland couple facing charges for giving military medical records to Russia, the sentencing of a former Seattle tech worker for her massive Capital One hack, and why David Hatfield resigned as co-CEO of cloud security vendor Lacework.
What if you were hired for an office job but ended up negotiating with cybercriminals? There aren’t many rules around ransomware, but this is a story about one rule that was definitely broken. By the end, the path to the truth led to a place on the other side of the world where no one wanted to be.
Police arrested a teenager in his suburban Sydney home for allegedly attempting to extort AU$2,000 from victims of the Optus data breach. The unnamed 19-year-old allegedly threatened to conduct financial crimes using the information of 93 individuals unless he received a payout.
A cybersecurity incident at Chicago-based CommonSpirit Health, a system of 1,500 healthcare sites across 21 states and one of the nation’s largest nonprofit healthcare systems, is disrupting medical care after the healthcare system took offline some of its electronic health records systems.
Paige Thompson, the Capital One hacker known as "erratic," was sentenced to time served and five years of probation following her June conviction in U.S. federal court. The five-time felon exploited a weakness in web application firewalls on AWS accounts to steal data of 100 million individuals.
Passwords are supported everywhere. But, says Andrew Shikiar, executive director of the FIDO Alliance, "they have been proven time and time again to simply be unfit for today's networked economy." In this episode of "Cybersecurity Unplugged," Shikiar discusses how to move beyond passwords.
The United States is arguably involved in a cyberwar against Russia and China - and appears to be losing. In this episode of "Cybersecurity Unplugged," Tom Kellerman of Contrast Security and Richard Bird of Traceable.ai discuss what the U.S. government and companies need to do to win this cyberwar.
The latest edition of the ISMG Security Report discusses what went wrong for Optus in the wake of one of Australia's biggest data breach incidents, the state of code security today and the growing trend of private equity firms pursuing take-private deals.
A new malware dropper uncovered by Kaspersky targets would-be users of pirated software with a slew of nasty infections including backdoors, Trojan-Banker programs, downloaders, spyware and more. The cybersecurity company calls the dropper "NullMixer."
A phishing email led to the spread of the Cryptolocker Trojan inside the court system of Chile, adding to a growing list of cyber disruptions affecting the South American country. Court officials stressed that the virus was contained before it could disrupt judicial proceedings.
The person who stole nearly 10 million customer records from Australian telco Optus withdrew their AU$1.5 million extortion attempt after suddenly releasing 10,000 customer records. Also, Optus says it has not paid a ransom as it grapples with one of the largest data breaches in the country.
Too often when software developers change jobs, they take source code they've written with them, feeling the code belongs to them even if it belongs to an employer. Code42's Joe Payne shares the challenges of detecting source code theft and ways to protect intellectual property wherever it resides.
Financial services firms in Africa are becoming bigger cyber targets as they expand into new mobile payment and financial inclusion products. Rob Dartnall of Security Alliance explains why these firms need to invest in information sharing, training and new cybersecurity practices to avoid breaches.
Australia's Optus telco is facing a $1 million extortion demand to prevent the release of up to 11.2 million sensitive customer records. The data appears to be legitimate. The attacker tells Information Security Media Group an unauthenticated API led to the breach.
Researchers uncovered a never-before-seen advanced threat actor dubbed Metador targeting telecommunications, internet service providers and universities in several countries in the Middle East and Africa for cyberespionage. They found two different Windows-based malware platforms.