Google will buy cybersecurity firm Mandiant for $5.4 billion, an acquisition Google says will give it new capabilities to respond to cybersecurity threats and bolster its cloud platform. Mandiant will be folded into Google's Cloud Platform.
The latest edition of the ISMG Security Report features an analysis of the cybercrime-as-a-service model and how law enforcement could potentially disrupt it. Also featured: T-Mobile probes a massive data breach; tackling abuse in the workplace.
Nearly three weeks ago, Iran's state railway company was hit with a cyberattack that was disruptive and - somewhat unusually - also playful. Security firm SentinelOne says analyzing the wiper malware involved offers tantalizing clues about the attackers' skills, but no clear attribution.
The Israeli government paid a visit on Wednesday to NSO Group, the company whose spyware is alleged to have been covertly installed on the mobile devices of journalists and activists. The visit comes as Israel faces growing pressure to see if NSO Group's spyware, called Pegasus, has been misused.
Calls are growing for an investigation into how commercial Pegasus spyware developed by Israel's NSO Group gets sold to autocratic governments and used to target journalists, lawyers, human rights advocates and others, with some lawmakers saying "the hacking-for-hire industry must be brought under control."
Criminals tricked into using an FBI-run encrypted messaging app, Verizon's 2021 Breach Investigations Report and overcoming the challenges of recruiting cybersecurity professionals are among the latest cybersecurity topics to be featured for analysis by a panel of Information Security Media Group editors.
Ransomware attacks have evolved over the years as attackers have come out with new strategies for digital extortion, says Chris Novak, global director of the Threat Research Advisory Center at Verizon Business Group. He shares insight from the Verizon 2021 Data Breach Investigations Report.
FireEye announced on Wednesday the sale of its product line and name to Symphony Technology Group, a private equity group based in Palo Alto, California, for $1.2 billion. The deal means FireEye will be separated from Mandiant Solutions, its forensics unit that's often called upon after a data breach.
SolarWinds has uncovered evidence that intruders were in its systems in January 2019, about eight months earlier than originally believed. CEO Sudhakar Ramakrishna says the company discovered the clues by analyzing terabytes of data from its virtual build systems.
The DarkSide ransomware gang apparently collected over $90 million in ransom payments from about 47 victims, including Colonial Pipeline Co., since the gang began operating in August 2020, according to the blockchain analytics firm Elliptic, which says it analyzed bitcoin wallet activity.
Can courts trust evidence collected by Cellebrite's mobile device forensic tools? Matt Bergin of KoreLogic has found new vulnerabilities in Cellebrite's software that he will present on Friday at Black Hat Asia. He says that forensics software should be put through rigorous penetration tests.
Dan Kaminsky, a renowned security researcher, died last week at age 42. He gained cybersecurity fame in 2008 after discovering and helping to coordinate a patch for a massive security flaw in the internet's Domain Name System.
Swiss cybersecurity firm Prodaft says it has accessed several servers used by an advanced persistent threat group tied to the SolarWinds supply chain attack. These attackers continue to target large corporations and public institutions worldwide, with a focus on the U.S. and the European Union, the researchers say.
Email security vendor Mimecast, which was targeted by the SolarWinds supply chain hack in January, reports in a Tuesday update that the hackers used the "Sunburst" backdoor as an initial attack vector to steal some source code. But Mimecast says it "found no evidence of any modifications" to that code.