The cybercrime economy appears to remain alive and well: Compared to last year, researchers report seeing an increase in the number of known ransomware victims as well as initial access listings, which facilitate such attacks. The impact the takedowns of BreachForums and Genesis remains to be seen.
A lack of visibility makes it nearly impossible to protect an organization against attack. If you can't see what's lurking in the dark corners of your environment, all you can do is react instead of actively identifying and mitigating risks. But some technologies can help with threat visibility.
Will large language models such as ChatGPT take cybercrime to new heights? Researchers say AI for malicious use so far remains a novelty rather than a useful and reliable cybercrime tool. But as AI capabilities and chatbots improve, the cybersecurity writing is on the wall.
As ransomware continues to disrupt British organizations, the U.K. for the first time has sanctioned alleged cybercriminals, including accused Conti and TrickBot operators. Ransomware victims must conduct due diligence before paying any ransom, as violating sanctions carries severe penalties.
Bad news for ransomware groups: Experts find it's getting tougher to earn a crypto-locking payday at the expense of others. The bad guys can blame a move by law enforcement to better support victims, and more organizations having robust defenses in place, which makes them tougher to take down.
While the cybercrime story for 2022 has yet to be fully written, cryptocurrency theft will no doubt have a starring role. Buoyed by the collective pilfering of billions of dollars' worth of cryptocurrency this year, what's to stop attackers from doubling down in 2023?
The stark consequences of ransomware became painfully clear in Australia this week as attackers began releasing data from health insurer Medibank, one of the country's largest health insurers. Also, leaked chat logs reveal how the attackers accessed Medibank's systems.
Cybereason has abandoned its IPO plans altogether and hired JPMorgan Chase to find a buyer, The Information reported Friday. Why is Cybereason no longer poised to make it to the IPO Promised Land? An unfavorable competitive environment and a muddled go-to-market strategy provide some clues.
Australia's data breach debacle expanded on Thursday. Cyber extortionists who attacked Australian health insurer Medibank provided proof of their hack of medical data. Also, stolen data from Australian wine retailer Vinomofo was put up for sale on a Russian-language forum.
Here's unwelcome ransomware news: When a ransomware victim chooses to pay a ransom, the average amount has increased to $228,125, reports ransomware incident response firm Coveware. On the upside, however, big-name ransomware groups are having a tougher time attracting affiliates.
Michael Lines is working with ISMG to promote awareness of the need for cyber risk management, and the CyberEdBoard is posting draft chapters from his upcoming book, "Heuristic Risk Management: Be Aware, Get Prepared, Defend Yourself." This chapter - the last in the series - is titled "Building an Effective Defense."