Former Obama White House cybersecurity official Chris DeRusha has been appointed federal CISO by the Biden administration after having served as CISO for the Biden campaign. He joins a number of newly appointed officials who will have cybersecurity oversight.
The operators of the Nefilim ransomware used the credentials of a deceased system administrator to plant their crypto-locking malware in about 100 vulnerable systems during one attack, according to Sophos. These types of "ghost" accounts are an increasing issue for security teams.
Organizations in the APAC region are not immune to the impact of the SolarWinds supply chain hack, so it's essential that they reassess their risk management practices and audit their suppliers, two security experts stress.
A multinational law enforcement operation has disrupted the Emotet botnet, gaining control of hundreds of servers and arresting multiple alleged administrators in Ukraine, Europol says. While the botnet could rebound, cybersecurity experts say the criminal operation has been dealt "a huge blow."
With ransomware continuing to fuel a massive surge in illicit profits, some experts have been calling on governments to launch offensive hacking teams to target cybercrime cartels. They're also calling for a review of cyber insurance payouts being used to fund ransoms.
A targeted phishing campaign is using a fake Microsoft Office 365 update to steal email credentials from business executives, and the credentials are then being offered for sale in underground forums, security firm Trend Micro reports.
Websites advertising pirated and cracked software are being used to deliver an updated version of the DanaBot banking Trojan, which can steal individuals' online banking credentials, according to Proofpoint.
Norway's privacy watchdog has proposed fining location-based dating app Grindr nearly $12 million after finding that it violated Europeans' privacy rights by sharing data with many more third parties than it had disclosed.
A Cypriot hacker has pleaded guilty to a pair of federal charges after admitting that he hacked the websites of several U.S. organizations, stole data and then threatened to disclose it unless a ransom was paid, federal prosecutors say.
North Korean hackers have been "targeting security researchers working on vulnerability research and development at different companies and organizations" to trick them into installing backdoored software that gives attackers remote access to their systems, warns Google's Threat Analysis Group.
When he co-founded the firm Beyond Identity in 2020, serial entrepreneur Jim Clark said he felt somewhat responsible for the proliferation of passwords. Now he and partner Tom Jermoluk are doing something about it. They are providing access to their passwordless technology for free. Clark explains why.
Email security vendor Mimecast confirmed Tuesday that the hackers responsible for the SolarWinds supply chain hack also breached the security firm's network to compromise a digital certificate that encrypts data that moves between some of the firm's products and Microsoft's servers.
The SolarWinds supply chain compromise has raised questions over how to detect software that has been tainted during the vendor's development and build process. A concept called verified reproducible builds could help, says David Wheeler of the Linux Foundation.