Cryptocurrency has a reputation for being tough to trace - no wonder anonymity-craving criminals favor using it. In reality, cryptocurrencies don't make users anonymous. But just how did the FBI recover most of the bitcoins paid by Colonial Pipeline to the DarkSide ransomware operation?
The Biden administration has rescinded a number of Trump-era executive orders that banned social media apps such as TikTok and WeChat from the U.S. over national security concerns. Instead, the Commerce Department will conduct a security review of all Chinese-made apps and the data they collect.
Thousands of suspected criminals have been relying on the "Anom" encrypted communications platform to coordinate their efforts. But the FBI and Australian police developed Anom as a honeypot for monitoring criminals, producing intelligence that globally led to 800 arrests and massive drug seizures.
The White House has written to business leaders, urging them to prioritize having robust ransomware defenses in place. The move comes as the Biden administration pursues multiple strategies to combat ransomware and digital extortion, including ordering a new task force to coordinate all federal investigations.
In a decision that will have major implications for the cybersecurity industry, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled Thursday to limit the scope of the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act. Security researchers and civil liberty groups argued that the 1986 law was too broadly written and outdated for today.
"They’re playing games," is how one security expert describes Conti ransomware-wielding attackers' "gift" of a decryptor to Ireland's crypto-locked health service, while still demanding a ransom to not leak stolen health data. The same could be said of the DarkSide gang's promised retirement.
President Joe Biden signed an extensive executive order Wednesday that describes the government's plan to increase cybersecurity protection across the public and private sectors as well as secure the nation's infrastructure against the type of attack that targeted SolarWinds and its customers.
Does the West want to have its digital existence defined by adversaries, or is it ready to devote the time, resources, expertise and planning required to more fully take control of its evolving destiny? That's the techno-Darwinian call to arms issued by Jeremy Fleming, the director of Britain's GCHQ intelligence...
No script, no filter: Just Microsoft’s Edna Conway and Cisco’s Wendy Nather gathering with privacy leader Michelle Dennedy to discuss the impact of the SolarWinds supply chain attack and to play Buzzword Mystery Date with SASE, CIAM and "passwordless" authentication - are these trends dreamboats or duds?
At least 14 lawsuits seeking class-action status have been filed against Accellion in the wake of breaches of the vendor's 20-year-old File Transfer Appliance. A motion to consolidate the cases has also been filed.
How much does it cost to recover from a ransomware attack? For the Scottish Environment Protection Agency, which was hit by the Conti ransomware-wielding gang on Christmas Eve, reported cleanup costs have reached $1.1 million. SEPA is still restoring systems and has refused to pay any ransom.
U.S. Rep. Suzan DelBene, D-Wash, has reintroduced a bill that would create a national-wide data privacy standard that in its latest incarnation makes an attempt to placate Republicans. The bill, if passed, would replace a patchwork of current state laws.
U.S. authorities have extended the crackdown on the Sky ECC cryptophone service by charging the CEO of parent company Sky Global and its alleged main distributor - both Canadians - with running an "illicit secret communications network" for criminals and hiding profits via shell companies and cryptocurrency.
The $1.9 trillion economic relief package known as the American Rescue Plan, which the House approved Wednesday and President Biden signed Thursday afternoon, includes about $2 billion for cybersecurity and IT modernization, rather than the $10 billion the president originally proposed.