Some 14,000 Google users were warned of being suspected targets of Russian government-backed threat actors on Thursday. The next day, the tech giant announced cybersecurity updates - particularly for email accounts of high-profile users, including politicians and journalists.
In the latest weekly update, four editors at Information Security Media Group discuss important cybersecurity issues, including why enterprises need a multilayered approach to securing identity, how fraud will evolve in 2022 and the need to secure backdoors to prevent ransomware attacks.
The Biden administration may soon unveil plans to curtail the ransomware attacks that have crippled corporate networks this year. According to a report from The Wall Street Journal, the Treasury Department will announce sanctions and similar guidance designed to disrupt the ransomware model.
The latest edition of the ISMG Security Report features an analysis of the most sought-after type of victim for ransomware-wielding attackers. Also featured: fighting extortion schemes and stress management tips.
Business email compromise attacks, which balance low-tech tactics with the potential for big profits, remain popular. Attackers continue to refine their tactics, including subverting legitimate redirect services as well as recruiting English-speaking business partners and cryptocurrency tumbler operators.
Microsoft is warning of a "widespread" phishing campaign in which fraudsters use open redirect links to lure users to malicious websites to harvest Office 365 and other credentials, according to a recent report. In some cases, the attackers deploy a malicious CAPTCHA verification page.
A recently uncovered phishing campaign used fake COVID-19 vaccination forms - and took advantage of confusion over whether employees will return to their offices this fall - to harvest workers' email credentials, according to analysts with security firm INKY. The malicious messages appear to come from victims' HR...
The FBI has issued a warning about Hive ransomware after the group took down Memorial Health System last week. The alert details indicators of compromise, tactics, techniques and procedures associated with these ransomware attacks to help organizations better defend themselves.
As ransomware continues to pummel organizations, if they do get hit, then from an incident response standpoint, what are the essential steps they should take to smooth their recovery? Veteran ransomware-battler Fabian Wosar, CTO of Emsisoft, shares essential steps and guidance for recovery.
The world is now focused on ransomware, perhaps more so than any previous cybersecurity threat in history. But if the viability of ransomware as a criminal business model should decline, expect those attackers to quickly embrace something else, such as illicitly mining for cryptocurrency.
This edition of the ISMG Security Report features three segments on battling ransomware. It includes insights on the Biden administration's efforts to curtail ransomware attacks, comments on risk mitigation from the acting director of CISA, plus suggestions for disrupting the ransomware business model.
The code used to build copies of Babuk ransomware - to infect victims with the crypto-locking malware - has been leaked, after someone posted the software to virus-scanning service VirusTotal. Whether the leak was intentional - perhaps a rival gang seeking to burn the operation - remains unclear.
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 White House has written to business leaders, urging them to prioritize having robust ransomware defenses in place. The move comes as the Biden administration pursues multiple strategies to combat ransomware and digital extortion, including ordering a new task force to coordinate all federal investigations.