Good news on the cybercrime front: "Cryptocurrency-related crime fell significantly in 2020," compared to 2019, reports blockchain analysis firm Chainalysis. Unfortunately in the same timeframe, ransomware profits surged 311%, stoking calls for a crackdown on ransom payments.
The threat posed by software supply chain attacks is growing, but organizations can take steps to minimize the risks. Trey Herr of the Atlantic Council outlines ways to gain more insight into supply chain problems.
Zscaler's ThreatLabz research team is tracking a new botnet dubbed DreamBus that's installing the XMRig cryptominer on powerful, enterprise-class Linux and Unix systems with the goal of using their computing power to mine monero.
Ransomware dominated the cybercrime landscape in 2020 and looks set to do so again this year, as criminals seek fresh new ways to make victims pay. Experts predict gangs will double down on whatever works, which lately includes data exfiltration.
Security firm FireEye has released a free auditing and remediation tool on GitHub that it says can help organizations determine if the hacking group that targeted SolarWinds used similar techniques within their network to gain access to Microsoft Office 365 accounts.
Symantec Threat Intelligence says it's uncovered another malware variant used in the SolarWinds supply chain hack - a loader nicknamed "Raindrop" that apparently was used to deliver Cobalt Strike, a legitimate penetration testing tool, to a handful of targets.
Microsoft is alerting customers that starting Feb. 9, it will enforce domain controller settings within Active Directory to block connections that could exploit the unpatched Zerologon vulnerability in Windows Server. Microsoft has been warning about the urgency of patching the flaw for months.
The U.S. Capitol siege and the impeachment of President Trump are being exploited for disinformation purposes ahead of Inauguration Day by Russia, Iran and China, a U.S. joint threat assessment reportedly warns. But in terms of violence, domestic extremists are the principal threat.
The physical breach of the U.S. Capitol by a violent mob, members of which allegedly accessed lawmakers' systems and stole devices, offers cybersecurity professional lessons to learn on authentication, encryption and more, says cybersecurity expert Brian Honan.
Investigators probing the supply chain attack that hit SolarWinds say attackers successfully hacked the company's Microsoft Visual Studio development tools to add a backdoor into Orion network monitoring security software builds. They warn that other vendors may have been similarly subverted.
A vulnerability in a GitHub repository belonging to the United Nations Environment Program exposed over 100,000 employee records, including personally identifiable information, contact details and other sensitive data, according to a group of independent security researchers. The flaw has been patched.
After the occupation of the U.S. Capitol by pro-Trump rioters Wednesday, an emergency response plan to ensure federal computers were locked down apparently was not activated, some experts say. As a result, federal security teams are likely scrambling to detect and repair any damage done.
Reacting to reports claiming hackers may have used JetBrains' TeamCity tool as an initial infection vector during the attack against SolarWinds, JetBrains CEO Maxim Shafirov says the company has not been contacted by investigators. But he says customer misconfiguration of TeamCity could have enabled a hack.