Two signs that the tide may finally, if slowly, be turning on ransomware: The number of victims who choose to pay continues to decline, while the amount they pay - when they choose to do so - recently dropped by one-third, reports ransomware incident response firm Coveware.
Kellogg Community College, or KCC, has resumed operations in all its five campuses - Battle Creek, Albion, Coldwater, Hastings and Fort Custer Industrial Park in Michigan - starting Wednesday. The college management had suspended classes on Monday as the result of a ransomware attack.
DeFi platform Fei Protocol has offered a $10 million "no questions asked" bounty to hackers in an attempt to recover some of the funds stolen from its recently merged DAO partner Rari Capital. Blockchain security firms BlockSec and CertiK say the amount of stolen funds totals about $80 million.
The number of organizations being breached is on the rise, according to Forrester's 2021 State of Enterprise Breaches report. Allie Mellen describes the trend as "disappointing" and discusses the misaligned expectations some organizations have about breaches, as well as other report findings.
Smartphones used by Spain's prime minister and defense minister were infected with Pegasus spyware built by Israel's NSO Group, government officials allege. The discovery follows human rights researchers finding Pegasus infections targeting Catalonians, likely traceable to the Spanish government.
As ransomware-wielding attackers continue to target businesses large and small, the organizations that respond best and escape most unscathed from such attacks are those that already have in place well-honed, rehearsed plans, says ransomware expert and attorney Guillermo Christensen of Ice Miller.
The Computer Emergency Response Team of Ukraine and the National Bank of Ukraine are warning of massive DDoS attacks against pro-Ukrainian targets. The intelligence service in Romania, SRI, also warns of a similar type of attack targeting sites belonging to its national authorities.
In this edition, four ISMG editors discuss important cybersecurity issues, including how virtual currency Monero is becoming the main alternative to Bitcoin as the crypto choice for criminals, the challenges involved in an identity-centric Zero Trust approach and how to influence change in culture.
Don't stockpile cryptocurrency in case your organization falls victim to ransomware-wielding attackers and opts to pay a ransom. This might seem obvious to anyone aware of the volatility in Bitcoin's value, but some organizations reportedly used to employ this incident response strategy.
Ransomware attacks have come storming back after experiencing their typical end-of-the year decline. Security researchers report that the greatest number of known victms has been amassed by Lockbit, followed by Conti, Hive and Alphv/BlackCat.
There were no CISOs when Marene Allison started her career. There was not even a cybersecurity discipline. But starting with a distinguished stint in the military, she has progressed through the public and private sectors - including time with the FBI - to become CISO for Johnson & Johnson.
As one of the architects of Israel's offensive Red Team intelligence unit and Incident Response Team, Reuven (Rubi) Aronashvili, CEO of Israeli cybersecurity company CYE, provides a highly informed view of current cyberwarfare in the Russia-Ukraine war, including how it differs from kinetic warfare.
Ransomware group Stormous, in a Telegram post on Monday, said that it has breached and exfiltrated 161GB worth of critical data from beverage manufacturing giant Coca-Cola. The soft drink company has told Information Security Media Group that it is investigating the claim.
The U.S. government on Tuesday announced a reward of up to $10 million for information pertaining to six alleged Russian military hackers tied to the 2017 NotPetya destructive malware campaign. The malware spread globally, causing commercial damage of up to $10 billion.
The median number of days an attacker dwells in a system before detection fell from 24 days in 2020 to 21 days in 2021, according to a Mandiant report. The biggest year-on-year decline in median dwell time occurred in the APAC region, where it dropped from 76 days in 2020 to 21 days in 2021.