A tale of two different ransomware victims' responses: One Connecticut city says it had little choice but to pay a ransom to restore crypto-locked systems. But a North Carolina water utility hit separately says that rather than bow to criminals' demands, it will rebuild affected systems and databases.
A Russian national has been charged with coordinating a four-year campaign to spread divisive themes aimed at disrupting the U.S. political system. "Project Lakhta" allegedly employed hundreds of individuals who created bogus accounts on such platforms as Facebook and Twitter to sow false narratives.
As companies go through a digital transformation, they need to move toward real-time risk management - and artificial intelligence can play a critical role, says David Walter, vice president of RSA Archer.
Cryptojackers and eavesdroppers are continuing to exploit a one-time zero-day flaw in unpatched MikroTik routers, despite a patch that's been available for six months as well as the actions of a vigilante "gray hat" hacker who's forcibly "fixed" 100,000 vulnerable routers.
Attention admins: If you use libSSH - one of the open-source flavors of Secure Shell, or SSH - patch now. The advice follows the disclosure of a vulnerability that one expert, Paul Ducklin of Sophos, terms "comically bad."
The latest edition of the ISMG Security Report features an analysis of the results of over 1,000 cyberattack investigations in the U.K. Also: an update on the proposed NIST privacy framework and a report on voter registration information for sale on the dark web.
Facebook is eyeing spammers as being the culprits behind its recently disclosed mega-breach, The Wall Street Journal reports. Preliminary findings from Facebook's internal investigation suggest that the attackers were not affiliated with a nation-state, but rather part of a known spam ring, the newspaper reports.
An analysis of attacks against cryptocurrency exchanges over nearly two years shows hackers have inflicted $882 million in damages, according to the Russian security firm Group-IB. The tally of losses is likely to grow next year, the company warns.
Organizations can effectively rely on managed security services providers to take care of many tasks, but certain strategic security functions must be handled in-house, says Sid Deshpande, research director at Gartner.
With at least 20 billion new consumer devices set to be internet-connected by 2020, initiatives in the U.K. and California are trying to ensure that as many IoT devices as possible will be out-of-the-box secure, for starters by not shipping with default passwords.
Federal regulators have smacked health insurer Anthem with a record $16 million HIPAA settlement in the wake of a cyberattack revealed in 2015, which impacted nearly 79 million individuals. What missteps does the settlement highlight?
A batch of U.S. voter registration records from 20 states has appeared for sale online in what appears to be an illegitimate offering. While it's far from the largest-ever seen leak of voter data, the incident again highlights the lax controls too often applied to voter records.
The U.K.'s National Cyber Security Center incident response teams have investigated more than 1,000 significant incidents in the past two years, the majority of which trace to nation-state attackers, officials say.
The Pentagon is warning that a data breach at a third-party travel management service provider exposed records for an estimated 30,000 civilian and military personnel. The breach alert follows a recent GAO report warning of serious cybersecurity shortcomings in U.S. weapon systems.