This edition of the ISMG Security Report features an analysis of ongoing investigations into the use of NSO Group's Pegasus spyware to spy on dissidents, journalists, political rivals, business leaders and even heads of state - and discussion of whether the commercial spyware business model should be banned.
New guidance from the National Institute of Standards and Technology spells out security measures for "critical software" used by federal agencies and minimum standards for testing its source code. The best practices could be a model for the private sector as well.
Can NSO Group and other commercial spyware vendors survive the latest revelations into how their tools get used? The Israeli firm is again being accused of selling spyware to repressive regimes, facilitating the surveillance of journalists, political opponents, business executives and even world leaders.
The Biden administration formally accused China's Ministry of State Security of conducting a series of attacks against vulnerable Microsoft Exchange servers earlier this year that affected thousands of organizations. This group is also accused of carrying out ransomware and other cyber operations.
A leak of 50,000 telephone numbers and email addresses led to the "Pegasus Project," a global media consortium's research effort that discovered how Pegasus spyware developed by NSO Group is being used in the wild.
A new exposé tracking how spyware has been used to target journalists and human rights advocates suggests attackers have been exploiting zero-day flaws in Apple applications and devices. Apple says the flaws, while serious, likely pose no risk to the vast majority of its users.
In the latest weekly update, four editors at Information Security Media Group discuss important cybersecurity issues, including the challenges ahead for the new director of the U.S. Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency and vendor security risk management in the healthcare sector.
This edition of the ISMG Security Report features an analysis of comments from the former head of Britain's GCHQ intelligence agency, Robert Hannigan, on the changing nature of ransomware attacks. Also featured: Disrupting the ransomware-as-a-service business model; supply chain security management tips.
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.
Some security experts are questioning the findings of a recent report by the International Institute for Strategic Studies, a London-based think tank, that concludes China is 10 years behind the United States in "cyber capacity."
Attackers have been exploiting a zero-day flaw in SolarWinds' Serv-U Managed File Transfer Server and Serv-U Secured FTP software, the security software vendor warns. The company has released patched versions that mitigate the flaw, discovered by Microsoft, and is urging users to update.
Threat intelligence researchers are looking closely at REvil, the ransomware gang that infected up to 1,500 companies in a single swoop. A look at the group's online infrastructure shows clear lines to Russian and U.K. service providers that, in theory, could help law enforcement agencies but don't appear eager to...
Acting CISA Director Brandon Wales, Rep. Jim Langevin and many others will discuss the government's top priorities in addressing cybersecurity challenges at ISMG's Virtual Cybersecurity Summit: Government, to be held July 13 and 14.
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.