Over his 23-year career in cybersecurity, Tom Kellermann has focused on policy, endpoints and even strategic investments. Now, in his new role as senior vice president of cyber strategy at Contrast Security, his mission is to protect code security - particularly in the public and financial sectors.
A phishing email led to the spread of the Cryptolocker Trojan inside the court system of Chile, adding to a growing list of cyber disruptions affecting the South American country. Court officials stressed that the virus was contained before it could disrupt judicial proceedings.
Ransomware hackers made good on a threat to publish patient and staff data stolen from a French hospital after administrators said they refused on principal to pay out. François Braun, French minister of social affairs and health, said that the government will "not give in to these criminals."
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.
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.
The latest edition of the ISMG Security Report discusses financial giant Morgan Stanley's failure to invest in proper hard drive destruction oversight, the future of ransomware and the gangs that have attacked organizations in recent years, and the methods required to secure new payments systems.
School is out for more than 3,000 students of a suburban Detroit district undergoing its second day of forensics analysis following an online attack. Students have been told not to use district-issued Chromebooks. Federal authorities have warned that school districts are targets of ransomware gangs.
The LockBit group has paid the first payment of $50,000 as part of its bug bounty program for researchers willing to aid in cybercriminality. The group had announced that it will pay individuals who find exploitable vulnerabilities in the software it uses to maliciously encrypt files.
Swiss police say that thanks to private encryption keys being recovered from a suspected member of a ransomware-wielding gang accused of amassing over 1,800 victims across 71 countries, victims of LockerGoga and MegaCortex ransomware can recover their data for free.
Ransomware gives cryptocurrency a bad name. U.S. federal regulators have noticed, publishing on Friday a slew of recommendations for ensuring that the blockchain world isn't a criminal haven. Among them are legislative proposals that would strengthen anti-money laundering statutes.
Four editors at Information Security Media Group analyze private-public partnerships today, preview ISMG's upcoming cybersecurity summit in Africa and discuss the increasing use of intermittent or partial encryption by ransomware gangs as a means to extort money from victims faster.
Dain Drake was CEO of a steel fabrication factory. In June 2019, Drake found himself standing outside a closed adult boutique in Houston at 10:00 a.m. on a Sunday. He called the owner and pleaded for him to come. He needed something inside, which might just save his business - from ransomware.
A Texas nonprofit, safety net medical center is still struggling to fully bring its communications and other systems back online two weeks after a ransomware attack in which cybercriminals have demanded a ransom in the "tens of millions of dollars.
The U.S. government accused Iran of turning a blind eye to ransomware hackers after indicting three men affiliated with the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps. Authorities say their attacks affected critical infrastructure including healthcare centers, transportation services and utility providers.
Ransomware-wielding criminals feel the need for speed as they seek to take down victims more quickly and quietly. Cue the use of intermittent, or partial, encryption to speed up attacks. It scrambles files partially but enough to make them unusable.