The decline in the total number of U.S. data breaches in 2020 isn't all good news; it reflects that hackers are changing their tactics, says James Lee of the Identity Theft Resource Center, who offers an analysis of the center's new data breach report.
French security vendor Stormshield has launched an investigation after an internal review found that hackers accessed the source code of the company's network security product. The company is a supplier of cybersecurity technology to the French government.
The Fonix ransomware gang has closed down its operations and has released a decryptor key, according to Malwarebytes and Kaspersky. But security researchers warn the gang, like others, might re-emerge with new tactics.
Darknet markets just had their best year ever, led by Hydra, which accounted for 75% of the $1.7 billion in 2020 revenue such markets generated, Chainalysis reports. One key to Hydra's success is the Russian-language marketplace's constant innovation.
The operators behind the Trickbot malware are deploying a new reconnaissance tool dubbed "Masrv" to exfiltrate additional data from targeted networks, according to a Kryptos Logic report. Other researchers have noticed increases in the botnet's activity over the last month.
Security researchers at Armorblox uncovered an unusual invoice-themed phishing campaign designed to extract victims' Microsoft Office 365 login credentials, alternate email addresses and phone numbers.
A newly identified Linux malware variant dubbed "Kobalos" is targeting high-performance computing clusters and supercomputers running multiple operating systems, a report by security firm ESET finds. The malicious code can also steal SSH credentials.
The mobile channel saw great user adoption in 2020 - and it saw a corresponding increase in fraud incidents. Tim Dalgleish of BioCatch discusses mobile fraud trends and the role of behavioral biometrics in enhancing user authentication.
Up to 30% of the organizations hit as part of the cyberespionage campaign waged by the hackers responsible for the SolarWinds supply chain attack did not use the company’s compromised software, says Brandon Wales, acting director of CISA. These victims were targeted in a variety of other ways, he says.
Other darknet marketplaces apparently are preparing to fill the underground economy's need for a steady stream of stolen payment card data if the Joker's Stash site closes Feb. 15 as its administrator has announced. Some researchers believe the administrator may even launch a new marketplace.
Ransomware attacks continue to pummel organizations, but fewer victims have been paying a ransom, and when they do, on average they're paying less than before, says ransomware incident response firm Coveware, which traces the decline to attackers failing to honor their data deletion promises.
The number of data breaches being reported in the U.S. and elsewhere each year continues to decline. But security experts say this unfortunately can be explained by criminals increasingly focusing on lucrative ransomware and business email compromise scams, which require scant data to be successful.
Microsoft researchers say that a North Korean hacking group that the company calls "Zinc" - which is better known as the Lazarus Group or Hidden Cobra - likely was responsible for targeting vulnerability researchers in an attempt to steal information via a backdoor.
In Britain, the National Crime Agency and the Financial Conduct Authority warn that the number of "clone firm" scams has significantly increased during the COVID-19 pandemic. Over a six-month period, these fraudulent schemes have led to more than 78 million pounds ($107 million) in losses for victims.
An APT group known as Lebanese Cedar has launched a cyberespionage campaign targeting telecommunication companies and ISPs, according to the Israeli security firm ClearSky, which says the attacks have spread beyond the Middle East to the U.S. and Europe.