According to the World Economic Forum, geopolitical instability has helped to close the perception gap between business and cyber leaders' views on the importance of cyber risk management, and "91% of all respondents" believe that "a far-reaching, catastrophic cyber event" is on the horizon.
In the latest weekly update, ISMG editors discuss the lasting effects of the takedown of the Hive ransomware group, why the U.S. government is warning of a surge in Russian DDoS attacks on hospitals, and why the lack of transparency in U.S. breach notices is creating more risk for consumers.
Criminals lately have been prioritizing two types of attacks: exploiting Remote Desktop Protocol and penetrating cloud databases. So warns cyber insurer Coalition, based on analyzing in-the-wild attacks seen in 2022 via underwriting and claims data, scans of IP addresses and honeypots.
The insider threat hacker who attempted to extort $1.9 million out of Ubiquiti Networks faces sentencing in May after pleading guilty to three crimes in federal court. The hacker, Nickolas Sharp, was the company's cloud lead and was on the team remediating the security incident he caused.
Hackers stymied by Microsoft's crackdown on macros are shifting to malicious OneNote attachments. Particularly worrying is the takeup of the tactic by an initial access broker associated with various ransomware infections, say researchers from Proofpoint.
Researchers from cybersecurity firm WithSecure say they spotted a North Korean espionage campaign they dub "No Pineapple" that reveals a slew of tools in the Pyongyang hacking arsenal. They're confident the hackers were North Korean: One hacker connected to an infected server using a DPRK address.
Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA) can be a highly effective way to safeguard your organization’s data, but that doesn’t mean it’s unhackable. And nobody knows that better than award-winning author and Data-Driven Defense Evangelist at KnowBe4, Roger Grimes. While researching his most recent book Hacking...
Government authorities and industry groups are warning the healthcare sector of ongoing distributed denial-of-service attacks on hospitals and other medical entities by Russian nuisance hacking group KillNet, whose name comes from a tool used to launch DDoS attacks.
Meta's popular social media platforms are increasingly being targeted by cybercriminals, and account takeover complaints rose over 1,000% last year. This social threat is spilling over into banks and government agencies, and experts criticize Meta for moving too slowly to address security issues.
Data breaches in 2022 hit near-record levels as U.S. organizations issued 1,802 data breach notifications and more than 400 million individuals were affected. But only 34% of breach notifications included actionable information for consumers whose information was exposed.
A North Korean hacking group tracked by cybersecurity firm Proofpoint as TA444 in December unleashed a torrent of spam in a bid to harvest credentials - evidence of a hacking group that mirrors "startup culture in its devotion to the dollar and to the grind."
When the DOJ announced a "major, international cryptocurrency enforcement action," observers expected to see charges against a well-known firm. Instead, the agency charged a lesser-known figure, Anatoly Legkodymov, the Russian founder of Bitzlato, with facilitating $700 million in illegal activity.
Android malware highlighted by Dutch cybersecurity firm ThreatFabric shows the line between a banking Trojan and advanced spyware. The Trojan, dubbed Hook, can take a screenshot, simulate clicks and input swipe gesture commands. It can also take control of WhatsApp.
Spanish authorities arrested three senior executives of the now-defunct cryptocurrency exchange platform Bitzlato, Europol announced. The crime coordination agency says about 46% of the assets exchanged through Bitzlato, worth roughly 1 billion euros, were linked to criminal activities.
Cybersecurity researchers say a Chinese for-profit threat group tracked as 8220 Gang is targeting cloud providers and poorly secured applications with a custom-built crypto miner and IRC bot. The malware can slow system performance, drive up costs and expose systems to security risks.