The Justice Department has filed seven new criminal charges against Paige Thompson, who is suspected of hacking Capital One in 2019, compromising the data of 100 million Americans, including exposing hundreds of thousands of Social Security numbers. If convicted, She now faces a possible 20-year sentence.
Deputy national security adviser Anne Neuberger says the White House is preparing to release additional details, including attribution, about the attacks that targeted vulnerable on-premises Microsoft Exchange email servers at government agencies and other organizations earlier this year.
The legitimate security penetration testing tool Cobalt Strike is increasingly being used by threat groups, especially those that are less technically proficient, according to a Proofpoint report. The security firm says the number of attacks using the tool rose by 161% from 2019 to 2020.
A government watchdog is urging NASA to make multiple improvements to its cybersecurity and risk management policies to counter threats to the space agency's network, infrastructure and data. NASA, in turn, is working toward making some security improvements outlined by the GAO by the end of this year.
An unidentified hacking group is deploying a rootkit dubbed Netfilter, which is signed in as a legitimate Microsoft driver but used to affect gaming outcomes, researchers at German security firm G Data CyberDefense say.
The code used to build copies of Babuk ransomware - to infect victims with the crypto-locking malware - has been leaked, after someone posted the software to virus-scanning service VirusTotal. Whether the leak was intentional - perhaps a rival gang seeking to burn the operation - remains unclear.
Several proposed class action lawsuits against Scripps Health allege that a recent ransomware attack put personal and health information of nearly 150,000 individuals at risk for fraud. But one of the lawsuits claims that the network disruption also resulted in delay of critical patient care.
Owners of Western Digital My Book Live devices have seen their data remotely wiped by attackers targeting a flaw first detailed in 2019. But WD stopped supporting these devices in 2015, which is a reminder that the best way to secure some types of internet of things devices may be to discard them.
What is the life cycle of a ransomware attack, and how can organizations better detect and block them? Peter Mackenzie of Sophos, says that while many victims assume attackers first struck when systems got crypto-locked, the intruders had actually been in the network for "days or weeks."
The U.S. Secret Service has published a Most Wanted Fugitives list featuring 10 suspects wanted in connection with financial cybercrimes The agency is offering rewards of up to $1 million for information on two Ukrainian suspects who allegedly targeted the SEC in 2016.
The FBI is requesting $40 million in additional funding for its fiscal 2022 budget to help combat and counter ransomware attacks and other cyberthreats. The bureau is also requesting $15 million to help strengthen its internal security infrastructure as well as address network vulnerabilities.
Wolfe Eye Clinic, which operates diagnostic and surgical centers in 40 Iowa communities, is notifying 500,000 current and former patients that their data may have been inappropriately accessed during a recent ransomware attack. But the organization refused to pay a ransom.
Two cybercrime ecosystem cornerstones today are high-end bulletproof hosting services and ransomware, says Mark Arena, CEO of Intel 471. He notes that ransomware-as-a-service operations don't function like gangs or the Mafia, but rather as individuals collaborating "based on a culture of mistrust."