Darkside is the latest ransomware operation to announce an affiliate program in which a ransomware operator maintains crypto-locking malware and a ransom payment infrastructure while crowdsourced and vetted affiliates find and infect targets. When a victim pays, the operator and affiliate share the loot.
Cybersecurity is poised to become a higher White House priority when President-elect Joe Biden takes office. And he's expected to renew key international relationships needed in the fight against cyberattacks.
Victims of crypto-locking malware who pay a ransom to their attackers are paying, on average, more than ever before. But investigators warn that when victims pay for a guarantee that all data stolen during an attack will get deleted, criminals often fail to honor their promises.
Takeaway from the U.K.'s GDPR privacy fine against hotel giant Marriott: During M&A, review an organization's cybersecurity posture before finalizing any acquisition. Because once a deal closes, you're fully responsible for data security - IT network warts and all.
So far, much of the discussion about 5G security has focused on avoiding the use of technology from Chinese manufacturers, including Huawei and ZTE. But security experts are increasingly concerned that 5G network and device providers rushing products to market aren't devoting enough attention to security.
An indictment unsealed this week demonstrates the degree to which Western intelligence agencies have apparently been able to infiltrate the Russian intelligence apparatus to trace attacks back to specific agencies - and individual operators. Shouldn't Russian spies have better operational security?
As ransomware continues to slam organizations, a lively debate has ensued about whether ransom payments should be banned in all cases. Attempting to ban ransom payments, however, likely would only make the problem worse.
Cybercrime wouldn't exist as we know it today without there being a multitude of technologies and services that criminals have been able to turn to their advantage, and cryptocurrency is one of the prime examples, especially when it comes to ransomware, darknet markets and money laundering.
Stop me if you think that you've heard this one before: The U.S., U.K. and some allied governments are continuing to pretend that criminals will get a free pass - and police won't be able to crack cases - so long as individuals and businesses have access to products and services that use strong encryption.
Plaintiffs in the patent infringement case Centripetal Networks v. Cisco Networks won the day thanks to clear testimony and using Cisco's own technical documents in unaltered form. By contrast, the judge slammed Cisco for offering disagreeing witnesses and attempting to focus on old, irrelevant technology.
Why did Cisco, one of the world's largest and most successful networking companies, have to pay more than $2.6 billion in damages? A judge found that it infringed on four patents held by network security firm Centripetal Networks.
Ransomware has emerged as the No. 1 online threat targeting public and private organizations this year. Seeking maximum returns, more gangs have moved beyond opportunistic attacks to target organizations with "post-intrusion ransomware." Meanwhile, many victims fail to report such crimes to police.
As Universal Health Services continues to recover from an apparent ransomware incident last weekend that affected system access for hundreds of its facilities, security experts say others can learn important lessons from the company's experience.