A report on an FBI warning to state election officials that their IT systems could be hacked leads the latest edition of the ISMG Security Report. Also, Australian officials mull bitcoin technology to secure elections.
A report exploring how some organizations have been stockpiling bitcoins to use to pay off attackers if, or when, they become victimized by ransomware attacks leads the latest edition of the ISMG Security Report.
Ransomware gangs increasingly target organizations - including hospitals and banks - that might be able to recover from such attacks, but not in a timely manner, says Verizon's Mark Rasch. Learn how well-honed incident response plans can help.
Too often when organizations get shaken down by online criminals, they panic, and in the process make the predicament they're facing even worse, warns digital forensic investigator Ondrej Krehel in this video interview.
Hear ISMG editors untangle the various elements in the Shadow Brokers-Equation Group saga, evaluate a new anti-ransomware tool and reflect on the 10th anniversary of the PCI Security Standards Council in this edition of the ISMG Security Report.
Cybercriminals wielding Locky crypto-locking ransomware are ramping up their assaults, especially in the healthcare sector, according to FireEye. Attackers are distributing less banking malware and more ransomware, researchers say.
Malware researcher Ivan Kwiatkowski unleashed ransomware on tech-support scammers after his parents stumbled across a site warning they'd been infected by Zeus. Despite the feel-good factor, however, security experts advise against hacking back.
FireEye CEO Kevin Mandia has blamed his company's lower-than-expected quarterly revenue on the rise of ransomware and cyber extortion attacks and a decline in APT campaigns. Experts debunk those assertions.
Obviously, ransomware attackers have no scruples. But the latest attacks go to even further extremes, channeling everything from Hitler to cats, as attackers hone their attempts to shake down Windows and Android users alike.
Unlike other malware, ransomware practically screams and shouts at victims, and that distinct behavior holds promise for helping to better detect and block ransomware infections, according to Northeastern University security researchers.
A former Fla. hospital worker has been sentenced to federal prison in a case involving criminal HIPAA violations and tax fraud. Although the prosecution of HIPAA-related crimes are still rare, some experts say such cases could be on the rise.
While hackers and ransomware attacks have been hogging the spotlight lately, regulators are warning healthcare entities and their business associates not to underestimate the serious security and privacy threats that insiders can pose.