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."
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.
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.
The founder of Group-IB, one of Russia's largest cybersecurity companies, has been detained on state treason charges and will be held in custody for two months, with alleged crimes punishable by up to 20 years in prison, according to wire reports.
The world is experiencing a cybercrime pandemic, which is a direct consequence of COVID-19, according to Amit Basu, CISO and CIO at International Seaways. He offers proactive prevention measures, based on his own experience, for how organizations can stay safe and secure.
The U.S. Department of Commerce is soliciting input on a Trump administration cybersecurity executive order that requires cloud providers to verify the identities of certain users - particularly cyber actors potentially operating abroad and leveraging U.S. cloud technologies.
A security researcher who goes by the alias Watchful_IP has discovered a command injection vulnerability that could potentially affect millions of Hikvision's IoT devices. The video security solutions provider says it has fixed the flaw and rolled out a firmware update for its end users.
Ransomware-wielding attackers love to lie to victims. But REvil - aka Sodinokibi - has reportedly been running double negotiations to make affiliates think a victim hasn't paid a ransom, using a backdoor in the malware that allows administrators to decrypt victims' systems, so affiliates don't get their cut.
During testimony before a U.S. Senate committee hearing Thursday, CISA Director Jen Easterly told lawmakers that a recent joint alert issued by her agency, the FBI and the Coast Guard Cyber Command stemmed from an attempted attack against the Port of Houston in August.
Four editors at Information Security Media Group discuss important cybersecurity issues, including the rise of quadruple extortion attacks employed by ransomware gangs, the FBI reportedly withholding the Kaseya ransomware decryption key for weeks, and raising security posture during a pandemic.
Researchers have identified a new malware sample that is targeting Indian defense personnel. Cyber threat intelligence firm Cyble says the target and attack method of the malware point to the work of APT group SideCopy.
The latest edition of the ISMG Security Report features an analysis of how the U.S. government has been tracking an increase in the pace of attacks tied to Conti ransomware. Also featured are what "protection" means today and building a new cybersecurity operating model.
Republican lawmakers have expressed additional concerns around Chinese telecom giant Huawei to the nation's top diplomat. In a letter to Secretary of State Antony Blinken, Sen. Tom Cotton and Rep. Mike Gallagher outline Huawei's global cloud services and seek answers on privacy concerns.
The pace of Conti ransomware attacks has been increasing, with more than 400 organizations globally having fallen victim, warns a joint cybersecurity advisory from the U.S. Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, FBI and National Security Agency, which details essential defenses.