Who had heard of Syniverse before it recently disclosed a five-year breach, potentially exposing call-routing data and text messages for hundreds of mobile phone networks? The incident is just the latest supply chain attack to hit a lesser-known but nevertheless critical service provider.
Cyber extortion through digital means is nothing new, says U.K.-based cybersecurity expert John Walker, but the concerning aspect of today's ransomware attacks is that they are "low-cost in the macro sense and so easy to achieve."
Telecommunications service provider Syniverse, which routes 1 trillion messages annually for many of the world's mobile phone carriers, has disclosed a five-year breach of its systems, which handle call metadata and text messages. Experts say the exposed data poses serious criminal and espionage risks.
Some of the highest-ranking cybersecurity officials in the U.S. government discussed the pervasive threat of ransomware on Tuesday, likening it to a clear issue of national security with the ability to inflict measurable damage on major world powers.
Hypervisors under fire: BlackMatter, HelloKitty and REvil are among the ransomware groups targeting instances of VMware's ESXi. In one case investigated by security firm Sophos, after first accessing a TeamViewer account, attackers left an organization's ESXi environment crypto-locked just three hours later.
The Data Security Council of India has issued an advisory about newly discovered ransomware Alkhal, which uses a strong encryption tool and has no known decryptor to recover lost data. The ransomware was likely discovered on Oct. 1 by security firms Malwarebytes and Cyclonis.
Social media giant Facebook experienced a global outage on Monday that also involved its properties - including Instagram, Messenger and WhatsApp. According to Cisco's internet analysis division, ThousandEyes, the tech giant experienced a DNS issue that hindered access to Facebook's tools and apps.
A former U.S. Army contractor has been sentenced to 12 years and seven months in prison and ordered to pay $2,331,639.85 in restitution, for conspiring to commit wire fraud and launder money, targeting thousands of military-affiliated individuals, according to a Department of Justice statement.
Police in Ukraine have arrested two members of a ransomware operation they say has targeted businesses in North American and Europe, leading to victim losses totaling at least $150 million. The operation also involved French cyber police, the FBI and Interpol, backed by Europol's European Cybercrime Center.
Four federal agencies have been awarded $311 million to bolster the U.S. government's cyber defenses and address IT modernization challenges, according to the interagency board of the Technology Modernization Fund, a federal funding source, which made the announcement Thursday.
In the latest weekly update, four editors at Information Security Media Group discuss important cybersecurity issues, including why enterprises need a multilayered approach to securing identity, how fraud will evolve in 2022 and the need to secure backdoors to prevent ransomware attacks.
Neiman Marcus Group says it is notifying 4.6 million of its online customers who are affected by a data breach that occurred in May 2020. The data includes personally identifiable data, payment and gift cards, online account credentials and security questions.
The latest edition of the ISMG Security Report features an analysis of how a cryptocurrency exchange bug has revealed North Korean monero laundering. Also featured are cyber insurance trends and cybercrime innovation.
A new self-assessment tool aims to help public and private sector organizations assess their level of vulnerability to insider threats, according to CISA. The agency also indicated this week it will keep its "rumor control" website active ahead of the 2022 midterm elections.
A bipartisan effort to implement cybersecurity incident reporting and the tracking of ransomware payments has been introduced by leaders of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee. While it differs from legislation introduced in July, lawmakers hope to reconcile the bills.