Australia’s Optus telco is facing a $1 million extortion demand to prevent the release of up to 11.2 million sensitive customer records. The data appears to be legitimate. The attacker tells ISMG an unauthenticated API lead to the breach.
Researchers uncovered a never-before-seen advanced threat actor dubbed Metador targeting telecommunications, internet service providers and universities in several countries in the Middle East and Africa for cyberespionage. They found two different Windows-based malware platforms.
Scammers are taking advantage of the monkeypox virus outbreak to launch phishing campaigns targeting healthcare providers and public health organizations to harvest credentials, the Department of Health and Human Services' Health Sector Cybersecurity Coordination Center says.
Perennial leaders Fortinet and VMware and a surging Cisco set themselves apart from the pack in SD-WAN, according to the latest Gartner Magic Quadrant. Fortinet and VMware again took the gold and silver in ability to execute, with Cisco leapfrogging both Versa and Palo Alto to capture the bronze.
Hackers behind a campaign of deceptive sweepstakes spam hacked their way into Azure cloud accounts that lacked multifactor authentication and obtained admin privileges for Exchange servers. Microsoft advises turning on MFA and other measures such as conditional access.
In the latest weekly update, ISMG editors discuss the industrywide implications of a teenager hacking into Uber's internal systems, key trends in the new Gartner SD-WAN Magic Quadrant report, and how ethics and security culture are center stage due to recent CISO revelations at Uber and Twitter.
What is the future of ransomware, and is it going to continue with the same intensity of the last few years? Michael DeBolt of Intel 471 says anti-ransomware efforts, including government action and better cybersecurity practices, are working. But ransomware isn't going away soon.
A criminal investigation is underway into a breach at Optus, Australia’s second-largest telecommunications company. Optus' CEO says the company will notify those affected. It's unknown so far who perpetrated the attack, and the data has not appeared on the dark web.
Should the now-former CSO of Uber have reported a security incident to authorities after discovering signs of unusual behavior? That's one of the big questions now being asked in the closely watched trial of Joe Sullivan, who's been charged with covering up a data breach and paying off hackers.
The chief executive of Portugal's state-owned airline said she will not negotiate with hackers even as the Ragnar Locker ransomware-as-a-service group posted online the data of 1.5 million customers. "We hope you support us in this ethical attitude," said Christine Ourmières-Widener.
Private equity firm Vector Capital invested $100 million in Malwarebytes a month after the antivirus stalwart laid off 125 employees to focus on smaller customers. The funds will help the vendor reduce clients' attack surfaces and accelerate momentum with MSPs and channel partners.