In the latest weekly update, a panel of Information Security Media Group editors discusses key topics, including NATO's new cyber defense policy, the outlook for congressional regulatory action to address the ransomware threat, and cybersecurity comments by U.S. Rep. Jim Langevin.
Bitcoin has enabled fast payments to cybercriminals pushing ransomware. How to deal with bitcoin is the subject of a spirited debate, with some arguing to restrict it. But bitcoin doesn't always favor cybercriminals, and it may actually be more of an ally than a foe by revealing webs of criminality.
Just before Wednesday's U.S.-Russia summit, at which cybercrime was high on the agenda, authorities in Ukraine announced they had busted six suspected members of the Clop ransomware operation. Security experts say these apparently were midlevel players, with Clop's main operators likely based in Russia.
With the RSA Conference virtual this year, ISMG replaced its two live on-site studios with a suite of home studios and produced a diverse group of interviews on timely topics with thought leaders who will be solving cybersecurity's most urgent problems.
The U.S. and its NATO allies endorsed a new cybersecurity defense policy during President Biden's visit this week with member states in Brussels. The policy agreement comes as Biden prepares to meet Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday to discuss cybersecurity and other issues.
Based on Russian-language cybercrime chatter, "fear" likely drove the lucrative Avaddon ransomware-as-a-service operation to announce its retirement as the U.S. exerts increasing diplomatic pressure on Moscow to disrupt such activity, experts say. But are criminals simply laying low until the heat dies down?
The prolific Avaddon ransomware-as-a-service operation has announced its closure and released 2,934 decryption keys for free. Has the increased focus by Western governments on combating ransomware been driving this and other operations to exit the fray?
The U.K. says it plans to turn the country into a global leader in cybersecurity, in partnership with the U.S, to counter threats ranging from ransomware to critical infrastructure attacks, according to a report by U.K. newspaper the Telegraph.
The House Oversight and Reform Committee is now probing the $11 million payment that meat-producer JBS paid to a cybercriminal gang following a ransomware attack in May. Committee Chairwoman Carolyn Maloney also asked for documents related to ransom payments made by Colonial Pipeline and CNA.
Cryptocurrency has a reputation for being tough to trace - no wonder anonymity-craving criminals favor using it. In reality, cryptocurrencies don't make users anonymous. But just how did the FBI recover most of the bitcoins paid by Colonial Pipeline to the DarkSide ransomware operation?
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.
Traditional ransomware attacks may have taken over the news, but Proofpoint researchers say the malicious actors who presents themselves as the North Korean-backed Lazarus advanced persistent threat group have revamped their distributed denial-of-service ransom extortion strategy and rebranded.
The latest edition of the ISMG Security Report features an analysis of lawmakers' grilling of Colonial Pipeline CEO Joseph Blount over his handling of the DarkSide ransomware attack. Also featured: How the FBI helped trick criminals into using an encrypted communications service that it was able to monitor.
A small U.S. nuclear weapons contractor has confirmed that it suffered a ransomware attack, resulting in the theft of data. Credit for the attack has been taken by the ransomware-as-a-service operation known as REvil, aka Sodinokibi, which the FBI recently tied to the attack against meatpacking giant JBS.