A recent, brief disruption at Canadian airports is a reminder that Russia-aligned hacking groups' bark remains worse than their bite. Experts say these groups' impact largely remains minimal, which begs the question of how they disrupted arrival kiosks across Canadian airports.
Honeypot data collected by CISO Jesse La Grew highlights how attackers continue to target default usernames - including for SSH - together with weak passwords to gain brute force remote access to their targets. Here are essential username, password and remote service practices for combating such attacks.
Ransomware groups do whatever they can to pressure a victim into paying. Enter the likes of Ransomed, following in the footsteps of Alphv/BlackСat, NoEscape and Good Day-powered Cloak, all of which threaten victims with a world of General Data Protection Regulation violation pain unless they pay.
Has the cry of the Qakbot come to an end? While the pernicious, multifunction malware fell quiet last week thanks to Operation "Duck Hunt," lucrative cybercrime operations have a history of rebooting themselves. Rivals also offer ready alternatives to ransomware groups and other criminal users.
Cybersecurity doublespeak is never a good sign, especially when it comes in a letter this week addressed to half a million current and former employees of fast-fashion retailer Forever 21, warning them that their personal information was stolen in an eight-week breach discovered in March.
What's behind the profusion of reported attacks involving stolen or reused strains of ransomware? Blame a variety of factors, including law enforcement crackdowns, evolving ransomware business models and at least one case of a ransomware group leader with poor morale-building skills.
Ransomware and data exfiltration attacks continue to stick victims with serious bills to cover cleanup, legal and other resulting costs - to the tune of $10.8 million and counting for cloud computing giant Rackspace, for one. Rackspace was hit by the Play ransomware group last year.
Various "dark" generative artificial intelligence tools purportedly help criminals more quickly amass victims. Guess what? They've all gone bust, if they weren't simply outright scams - in part because legitimate tools can be "jailbroken" to achieve similar results. What are they really achieving?
In an after-action report on how the Lapsus$ crime group hacked "dozens of well-defended companies with low-complexity attacks," the U.S. Cyber Safety Review Board urges organizations to implement more robust two-factor authentication systems, plus regulations to combat SIM swapping.
How much of a risk do hacktivists pose? Hacktivism's heyday was arguably a decade ago. While activists do keep using chaotic online attacks to loudly promote their cause, they're tough to distinguish from fake operations run by governments, including Russia and Iran.
Why are so many fresh zero-day vulnerabilities being exploited in the wild? Google reported that attackers often discover variants of previously exploited flaws, which suggests that vendors aren't doing enough to fix the root cause of flaws - or to avoid introducing fresh ones with their fixes.
Is the Akira ransomware story coming to an end? Security researchers say the group was competing in a competition designed by Royal to give it a new cryptolocker - but lost. Even with a free decryptor now available for Akira victims, however, it's too soon to say if the group might be doomed.
A new IBM study of data breaches found that if an organization's internal team first detects a breach and the organization has well-practiced incident response plans, that organization will be able to more quickly detect and respond, which will lead to lower breach cleanup costs.
The Russian-language Clop crime group's mass exploitation of MOVEit file-transfer software demonstrates how criminals continue to seek fresh ways to maximize their illicit profits with minimal effort. Ransomware response firm Coveware says Clop may clear over $75 million from this campaign.
While self-proclaimed Russian hacktivist groups such as KillNet, Tesla Botnet and Anonymous Russia claim they're wreaking havoc on anti-Moscow targets, a fresh analysis of their attacks finds that despite rampant self-promotion, their real-world cybersecurity impact is typically negligible.