Cybersecurity experts are worried about attacks and ransomware directed at the 70,000 water and wastewater facilities in the U.S. In November 2020, the Hampton Roads Sanitation District was infected with the Ryuk ransomware. Fortunately, its operational technology systems were unaffected, and it recovered.
A botnet operation called Glupteba has been disrupted by Google's Threat Analysis Group. The botnet targeted more than 1 million Microsoft Windows users in the U.S, India, Brazil and Southeast Asia. Also, Google has filed a lawsuit against two Russians alleged to be the botnet's operators.
Congressional negotiators have scrapped a provision in the must-pass defense spending bill that would have required owners and operators of critical infrastructure to report cybersecurity incidents and ransom payments made to criminal gangs.
Canadian police have arrested Matthew Philbert on suspicion of being tied to multiple ransomware and malware attacks that amassed domestic victims. Separately, a U.S. indictment charges Philbert with perpetrating an attack against the state of Alaska that breached personal and medical information.
Steve King, director of cybersecurity advisory services for ISMG's CyberTheory, has just been appointed a member of the Forbes Technology Council. He discusses the role, his passion for Zero Trust and new initiatives to expect from CyberTheory in 2022.
The Department of Health and Human Services has launched a new cybersecurity resource website aimed at helping healthcare and public sector entities of all sizes and types to better deal with the ever-evolving cyberthreat landscape.
While the Maryland Department of Health's public website is operational again after a weekend network security incident, certain systems continue to be offline. Officials are asking employees not to use state-issued computers as state authorities and law enforcement agencies investigate.
An electric cooperative serving two western Colorado counties says a cyberattack first detected Nov. 7 has disabled billing systems and wiped out 20 to 25 years' worth of historic data, leaving the utility operating under limited functionality, according to the company and local reports.
A U.S. federal court in Virginia has paved the way for Microsoft to disrupt the activities of China-based hacking group Nickel. Microsoft will target websites that the threat actor uses to gather intelligence from government agencies, think tanks and human rights organizations.
It's no surprise that as some ransomware-wielding criminals have been hitting healthcare, pipelines and other sectors that provide critical services, governments have been recasting the risk posed by ransomware not just as a business threat but as an urgent national security concern.
A security flaw in Kafdrop, an open-source user interface and management interface for distributed event-streaming platform Apache Kafka, has exposed data of "major global players ... in healthcare, insurance, media and IoT," a report by cybersecurity company Spectral says.
Nearly $200 million has reportedly been stolen from the cryptocurrency exchange BitMart, one of the top centralized crypto exchanges by volume, according to China-based blockchain analytics firm PeckShield, which tracked the heist beginning Saturday.
A medical biller in Florida and an emergency medical technician in New York have each pleaded guilty in two separate federal cases involving the criminal misuse of patient information. One case involved healthcare fraud and identity theft, and the other criminal HIPAA violations.
Good news on the breach prevention and incident response front: More businesses are getting more mature practices in place, although as attackers continue to improve their efforts, so too must defenders, says incident response expert Rocco Grillo of consultancy Alvarez & Marsal.
In October, Missouri's governor accused a journalist of hacking after he alerted the state to exposed personal information on a state education website. Now, emails reveal that state planned on thanking him before it chose to pursue prosecution and that the FBI immediately dismissed the incident.