To take down bigger targets more easily and quickly, ransomware gangs are increasingly tapping initial access brokers, who sell ready access to high-value networks. Economically speaking, it's a no-brainer move for cybercrime gangs.
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.
Police have arrested Riley June Williams of Pennsylvania, who a tipster alleges stole a laptop or hard drive belonging to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. But is the tipsters claim that she had planned to pass the device to a friend in Russia credible?
The latest edition of the ISMG Security Report describes new details emerging from the SolarWinds supply chain hack investigation. Also featured: A discussion of why security education is so crucial in 2021 and tips on how to retain security and operations center analysts.
The shortage of trained cybersecurity workers has substantially declined this year as many more individuals entered the field, says Clar Rosso, CEO of (ISC)², the U.S.-based nonprofit association that offers training to cybersecurity professionals.
In light of the widespread apparent impact of the hack of SolarWinds' network management tools, it's time for a frank assessment of the lack of cybersecurity progress in recent years. Consider a "60 Minutes" report from 2015 - and where we're at today.
Blockchain technology has been floated as a solution to enable remote, electronic voting. But MIT researchers say today's paper-based systems, while imperfect, are still the most reliable way to prove to voters that their selections have been accurately cast and tallied.
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.
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.
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.
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.