Ransomware continues to sting numerous organizations, and the problem only seems to be getting worse. More than ever, the onus is on potential victims to ensure they have essential defenses in place - and if possible, to proactively hunt for attackers who may already be inside their network.
French authorities are warning the country's healthcare sector of the discovery of a glut of stolen credentials, apparently belonging to hospital workers, that were found for sale on the dark web. The alert comes amid a recent rise in ransomware attacks on hospitals and other healthcare entities.
SonicWall was recently attacked via a zero-day flaw in one of its own products. Curiously, SonicWall hasn't said much about the extent and damage of the breach since its announcement. But there are strong indications it may have been targeted by an extortion attempt.
The "Cuba" ransomware gang has hit Seattle-based Automatic Funds Transfer Services, which processes data from California's Department of Motor Vehicles as well as many cities in Washington. Victim organizations say AFTS is investigating the incident and that an unknown amount of individuals' data was exposed.
Individuals suspected of providing hacking, logistical and financial support to the Egregor ransomware-as-a-service operation have been arrested by police in Ukraine as part of a joint operation with French cybercrime police coordinated by Europol, according to a French media report.
The Fonix ransomware gang has closed down its operations and has released a decryptor key, according to Malwarebytes and Kaspersky. But security researchers warn the gang, like others, might re-emerge with new tactics.
The latest edition of the ISMG Security Report features an analysis of the persistent threat of ransomware. Also featured: Sorting out breaches tied to Accellion’s File Transfer Appliance; an update on fraud trends in 2021.
Maze was one of the most notorious and successful ransomware operations of recent years until its apparent "retirement" and handover to Egregor in November 2020. Some rivals have suggested both groups have ties to the Russian government. But is that just sour grapes, or even simply an attempted scam?
Small businesses have been disproportionately affected by hackers in recent months. To aid in countering the threat, Mastercard has launched a cybersecurity education effort targeting this market segment. Paul Trueman, a senior vice president Mastercard, explains the “Trust Center” initiative.
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.
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.
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.
U.S. and Bulgarian authorities have seized servers and disrupted the infrastructure and darknet websites of the NetWalker ransomware gang. Police have also arrested one person and confiscated ransom money collected by the cybercriminal gang. The news comes the same week the Emotet botnet was disrupted.