Business Continuity Management / Disaster Recovery , Critical Infrastructure Security , Cybercrime

ISMG Editors: The Case of the 'Dr. Evil' of Ransomware

Also: Ransomware Attacks on Healthcare; Cybersecurity Market Slows
Clockwise, from top left: Michael Novinson, Anna Delaney, Mathew Schwartz and Marianne Kolbasuk McGee

In the latest weekly update, four editors at Information Security Media Group discuss important cybersecurity issues, including the alarming and bizarre case of a cardiologist in Venezuela who has been charged with developing malware and recruiting affiliates, recent ransomware and data leak incidents in healthcare and how the economy is causing mature cybersecurity startups to slow hiring.

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The editors - Michael Novinson, managing editor, business; Anna Delaney, director, productions; Mathew Schwartz, executive editor, DataBreachToday & Europe; Marianne Kolbasuk McGee, Executive Editor, HealthcareInfoSecurity - discuss:

  • How U.S. authorities have charged a cardiologist based in Venezuela with developing and selling notorious ransomware called Thanos as well as recruiting affiliates to use it against victims;
  • Claims by ransomware-as-a-service operator AvosLocker that it is behind an attack allegedly involving data theft from Texas-based CHRISTUS Health, which operates hundreds of healthcare facilities in the U.S., Mexico and South America;
  • How mature cybersecurity startups are beginning to slow hiring and prune operating expenses as macroeconomic storm clouds obscure future funding sources.

The ISMG Editors' Panel runs weekly. Don't miss our previous installments, including the May 6 edition with special guest John Kindervag, the creator of Zero Trust, and the May 13 edition discussing what have we learned from the Conti leaks.

About the Author

Anna Delaney

Anna Delaney

Director, Productions, ISMG

An experienced broadcast journalist, Delaney conducts interviews with senior cybersecurity leaders around the world. Previously, she was editor-in-chief of the website for The European Information Security Summit, or TEISS. Earlier, she worked at Levant TV and Resonance FM and served as a researcher at the BBC and ITV in their documentary and factual TV departments.

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