The National Counterintelligence and Security Center is calling attention to China's ongoing efforts to collect DNA data sets and other sensitive health data of Americans through hacking and other methods. It warns the data could be used to support surveillance or extortion efforts.
While many details about the SolarWinds Orion hack and full victim list remain unknown, experts have ascribed the apparent espionage campaign to Russia. Now, however, Reuters reports that a separate group of Chinese hackers was also exploiting SolarWinds vulnerabilities to hack targets.
Several data breaches stemming from unpatched vulnerabilities in Accellion's File Transfer Appliance have been revealed. What went wrong? Where does the fault lie? And what can organizations do about it?
Ransomware operations continue to come and go. The notorious Maze ransomware gang retired last year, apparently replaced by Egregor, while new operators, such as Pay2Key, RansomEXX and Everest, have emerged. But in recent months, experts say, just six operations have accounted for 84% of attacks.
A data breach of a Washington state auditor's system exposed 1.4 million unemployment claimants’ records. The breach stemmed from an exploit of an unpatched system from Accellion, and the state says it was never notified of the flaw. But Accellion says it notified customers and offered a patch in December.
It's one thing to plan for a remote workforce. Quite another when you suddenly have to deploy and support it - at 100%. Martin Mazor of Entertainment Partners discusses the vital role of identity in his enterprise's unique business.
The operators behind the Agent Tesla remote access Trojan have updated the malware to enable it to disable endpoint protection software and have added features to hide communications, according to a report from the security firm Sophos.
With digital transformation come new applications and efficiencies in the cloud. But governance, visibility and access challenges also emerge. Hironori Yamashita of Imperva shares strategies for improving data governance and security in the cloud.
To take down bigger targets more easily and quickly, ransomware gangs are increasingly tapping initial access brokers, who sell ready access to high-value networks. Economically speaking, it's a no-brainer move for cybercrime gangs.
Up to 30% of the organizations hit as part of the cyberespionage campaign waged by the hackers responsible for the SolarWinds supply chain attack did not use the company’s compromised software, says Brandon Wales, acting director of CISA. These victims were targeted in a variety of other ways, he says.
Ransomware attacks continue to pummel organizations, but fewer victims have been paying a ransom, and when they do, on average they're paying less than before, says ransomware incident response firm Coveware, which traces the decline to attackers failing to honor their data deletion promises.
The number of data breaches being reported in the U.S. and elsewhere each year continues to decline. But security experts say this unfortunately can be explained by criminals increasingly focusing on lucrative ransomware and business email compromise scams, which require scant data to be successful.