A pair of U.S. House committees held their first public hearings into the SolarWinds attack, with lawmakers and witnesses offering support for expanding federal cybersecurity laws to address the security failures. This includes a larger role for CISA to conduct threat hunting.
More than 1,000 developers likely worked on rewriting code for the massive SolarWinds supply chain attack that affected many companies and U.S. government agencies, Microsoft President Brad Smith said in a Sunday interview, pointing out the attack is most likely continuing.
Ransomware operations continue to come and go. The notorious Maze ransomware gang retired last year, apparently replaced by Egregor, while new operators, such as Pay2Key, RansomEXX and Everest, have emerged. But in recent months, experts say, just six operations have accounted for 84% of attacks.
Up to 30% of the organizations hit as part of the cyberespionage campaign waged by the hackers responsible for the SolarWinds supply chain attack did not use the company’s compromised software, says Brandon Wales, acting director of CISA. These victims were targeted in a variety of other ways, he says.
More fraudsters are using artificial intelligence to generate “Frankenstein faces” for use in synthetic identity fraud. Kathleen Peters of Experian outlines this disturbing development in fraudster behavior, as outlined in a new report.
Email security vendor Mimecast confirmed Tuesday that the hackers responsible for the SolarWinds supply chain hack also breached the security firm's network to compromise a digital certificate that encrypts data that moves between some of the firm's products and Microsoft's servers.
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.
Britain's National Crime Agency says 21 individuals have been arrested on suspicion of purchasing personally identifiable information from the WLeakInfo website. Authorities say the site provided access to more than 12 billion personal records culled from 10,000 data breaches.
An investigation at the U.S. Treasury Department has found that it suffered a "significant" breach as a result of the SolarWinds Orion supply chain attack, a top Democrat on the Senate Finance Committee reports. Meanwhile President-elect Joe Biden said of the attack: "I promise you, there will be a response."
Microsoft says it has removed malware related to an expansive hacking campaign that has ensnared thousands of organizations and U.S. government agencies. Meanwhile, CISA warns the SolarWinds Orion supply chain compromise may not be the only infection vector.
Until May, all Apple iOS devices were vulnerable to a "zero-click exploit" that would have allowed hackers to remotely gain complete control and view all emails, photos, private messages and more, says Google security researcher Ian Beer. He alerted Apple to multiple vulnerabilities - all now patched.
President-elect Joe Biden's approach to cybersecurity will likely mirror that of his old boss, former President Barack Obama. Expect Biden's White House to increase pressure on Russia, practice greater involvement in cybersecurity and return to higher levels of coordination than President Trump demanded.
The operators behind a botnet dubbed "Gitpaste-12" are abusing legitimate services such as GitHub and Pastebin to help hide the malware's malicious infrastructure, according to Juniper Threat Labs. This botnet mainly targets Linux apps and IoT devices and can mine cryptocurrency.