In the latest weekly update, four editors at Information Security Media Group discuss important cybersecurity issues, including the use of commercially available spyware and security risk management in the telecom sector.
A short-lived outage at the content delivery network supplier Akamai on Thursday which briefly knocked offline many corporate websites, is another indicator that companies need resiliency built into their systems. That means they should avoid relying on just one CDN provider, security experts say.
Remote management software vendor Kaseya has obtained a decryption tool for all organizations affected by the massive ransomware attack launched via its software. The tool should especially help the many small businesses still struggling to recover. Kaseya declined to comment on how it obtained the decryptor.
Saudi Aramco, one of the world's largest oil and natural gas firms, has confirmed that company data was leaked after one of its suppliers was breached. Extortionists are reportedly demanding a $50 million ransom - payable in monero cryptocurrency - for a promise to delete the stolen data.
Building business resilience through a "zero trust" approach requires role-based authentication, user access velocity checks, and monitoring people, processes, and technologies, a panel of experts says.
A patch is forthcoming for a privilege escalation vulnerability in the Windows operating system that can allow hackers to gain a foothold. Meanwhile, Linux OS users also need to adopt system upgrades to fix a flaw, and Oracle and Juniper have announced product patches.
APT 31, a China-linked hacking group, is targeting French organizations by exploiting home and office routers in an espionage campaign, warns CERT-FR, the French government's computer emergency readiness team that's part of the National Cybersecurity Agency of France, or ANSSI.
Dutch police made two arrests this week in an effort to break up the alleged fraud-as-a-service syndicate known as "Fraud Family," which they say developed, sold and rented phishing frameworks to fraudsters who stole financial information.
Following revelations that commercial spyware vendor NSO Group was able to exploit the latest model of the Apple iPhone to install surveillance software, experts describe how Apple could be doing more to lock down its iOS mobile operating system as well as curtail attacks by making them much costlier to run.
Cybereason, Rapid7 and Microsoft announced acquisitions this week designed to boost their security capabilities. Meanwhile, DevOps security firm Sysdig made a move to add infrastructure-as-code security to its portfolio.
Researchers at Cognyte have identified the six common vulnerabilities and exposures - or CVEs - that were most frequently discussed by apparent cyberattackers on dark web forums between Jan. 1, 2020 and March 1, 2021. Five of these CVEs were for Microsoft products.
Many security experts and analysts are applauding the U.S. for calling out China's cyber behavior, especially after the White House had focused so much attention on Russia's cyber activities. But some are calling for bolder action.
The leaking of an alleged target list of 50,000 individuals, tied to users of NSO Group's Pegasus spyware, has prompted questions over the scale of such surveillance operations, if the use of commercial spyware gets sufficiently policed and whether the sale of spyware to certain countries should be blocked.