If 2017 was the year of ransomware innovation, 2018 is well on its way to being known as the year of cryptocurrency mining malware. Numerous studies have found that the most seen malware attacks today are designed for cryptojacking. But while ransomware campaigns may be down, they're far from out.
With endpoint security, the fundamental concept was always to detect and prevent. Mature security strategies today are increasingly looking at response and remediation as well to complete the cycle, says Shrenik Bhayani of Kaspersky Lab.
What are hot cybersecurity topics in Scotland? The "International Conference on Big Data in Cyber Security" in Edinburgh focused on everything from securing the internet of things the rise of CEO fraud to the origins of "cyber" and how to conduct digital forensic investigations on cloud servers.
We need to talk about ransomware, says James Lyne, global research adviser at Sophos: "It's not the big, sexy security topic that it once was, but there's some really interesting evolution in their tactics." Lyne rounds up the latest tactics and describes how machine learning is offering new defensive hope.
As the prevalence and scale of data breaches continues to increase - with attacks such as WannaCry and NotPetya having compromised entire business sectors - organizations must focus much more on preventing attacks, says Check Point's Gad Naveh.
Cyber extortion group Rex Mundi has been shut down following the arrest of seven suspects in France and a French national in Thailand, police say. Investigators began pursuing the group last year after it stole customer data from a British firm and demanded $770,000 to not publicly release it.
As bitcoin continues its massive price fluctuations, a new report says criminals have continued their push to get extortion and ransom payments in more stable cryptocurrencies. But bitcoins remain a top target for hackers, who most often choose to directly target cryptocurrency exchanges.
Leading the latest edition of the ISMG Security Report: Our exclusive report on an Australian criminal investigation into a company that apparently swiped cryptocurrency using a software backdoor. Also, cutting through the hype on artificial intelligence and machine learning.
Hackers have reportedly demanded a ransom from Bank of Montreal and Simplii Financial in exchange for not dumping 90,000 customers' account details on a fraud forum. The FBI says online extortion and ransomware remain the top two types of cybercrime it's seeing today.
With the rise of P2P payment networks and the U.S. working toward a real-time national payments network, the push is on to battle fraudsters. Also, attackers are hacking legitimate websites to more stealthily distribute "Gandcrab" crypto-locking ransomware.
The Gandcrab ransomware has been a moving target. Since it was discovered in January, it quickly became one of the most widely distributed file-encrypting malware programs. Researchers with Cisco say they've now found it seeded within legitimate websites, making its spread tougher to stop.
The attackers behind SamSam ransomware have been focusing not on infecting individuals' computers, but rather the systems of large organizations that they hope will pay for a "volume discount" - in one case, $46,000 - to decrypt all of their systems at once.
What are the top cybersecurity threats and trends on security experts' radar? McAfee's Raj Samani and Steve Povolny discuss Olympic Destroyer malware, cryptocurrency mining, the Cambridge Analytica and Facebook scandal and more.
The city of Atlanta's ransomware outbreak cleanup and response tab has hit $2.6 million after a March attack froze corporate servers, employees' PCs and resident-facing portals. Some security experts say the breach response funds would have been put to better use preventing the outbreak in the first place.