Diving into the Colonial Pipeline ransomware attack - culprits, impact, recovery, and the increasing political firestorm it’s triggered - is the focus of the latest edition of the ISMG Security Report. Security leaders weigh in on the attack's significance and potential long-term ramifications.
As former CISO of Pacific Gas & Electric, Bernie Cowens knows plenty about cyber securing the nation's critical infrastructure. He shares his informed opinion on the Colonial Pipeline ransomware attack and what public and private sector entities must do to shore up key defenses.
Colonial Pipeline Co. announced Wednesday that it had restarted its operations following a ransomware attack last Friday. The company says it will take several days to restore all of its supply chain operations.
An ongoing advanced persistent threat campaign dubbed "Operation TunnelSnake" has been using a Windows rootkit named Moriya to deploy a passive backdoor to spy on victims, the security firm Kaspersky reports.
Gregory Touhill, the retired Air Force general and former federal CISO under President Obama, minces no words when he describes the Colonial Pipeline ransomware attack as a "global day of reckoning" for critical infrastructure protection.
"It's not personal ... It's strictly business." That line from "The Godfather" encapsulates the mindset of criminals who extort businesses using ransomware and other tools: Their imperative is profits, no matter any disruption they might cause to critical services, such as those provided by Colonial Pipeline.
The FBI and White House confirmed Monday that the DarkSide ransomware variant was used in the Friday attack that caused disruptions at Colonial Pipeline Co., which operates a pipeline that supplies fuel throughout the eastern U.S. But the gang behind the ransomware tried to shift the blame to an affiliate.
After a ransomware incident, Colonial Pipeline Co. has restored smaller pipelines that ship fuels to the U.S. East Coast, but its larger ones are still offline as it assesses safety. Citing U.S. officials, The Associated Press reports the company was infected by the DarkSide ransomware group.
U.S. and U.K. cybersecurity, law enforcement and intelligence agencies issued a joint advisory Friday offering detailed information on how to defend against the activities of the Russian Foreign Intelligence Service, or SVR, in the wake of the 2020 SolarWinds supply chain attack.
Attackers co-opted the Hancitor malware downloader and recently used it to deliver Cuba ransomware as part of an email spam campaign for data exfiltration and ransom extortion, a new report by security firm Group-IB finds.
The latest edition of the ISMG Security Report features an analysis of whether courts can trust evidence collected by Cellebrite's mobile device forensic tools. Also featured: Report shows attackers' dwell times plummeting; a call for partnership with law enforcement.
The NSA is offering operational technology security guidance for the Defense Department as well as third-party military contractors and others in the wake of the SolarWinds supply chain attack. The agency notes that attackers could use IT exploits to pivot to OT systems.
The latest edition of the ISMG Security Report features an analysis of British spy chief Jeremy Fleming’s "cybersecurity call to arms." Also featured: Insights on COVID-19 business continuity planning; the wisdom of the late Dan Kaminsky.