The attack sounds ripped from an episode of TV show "24": Hackers have infiltrated a government network, and they're days away from unleashing ransomware. Unfortunately for Florence, a city in Alabama, no one saved the day, and officials are sending $300,000 in bitcoins to attackers for a decryption key.
Ransomware gangs keep innovating: Maze has begun leaking data on behalf of both Lockbit and RagnarLocker, while REvil has started auctioning data - from victims who don't meet its ransom demands - to the highest bidder. Thankfully, security experts continue to release free decryptors for some strains.
U.S. federal agencies reported 8% fewer cybersecurity incidents in 2019 compared to the previous year, according to the White House's Office of Management and Budget. But 71 audits of agencies' "high-value assets" showed many remain susceptible to attacks because of a lack of security measures.
A lawsuit seeking class action status has been filed against Atlanta-based Aveanna Healthcare in the wake of a 2019 data breach at the pediatric home healthcare provider that affected more than 166,000 individuals.
A federal judge has ordered Capital One to turn over a forensics report covering its 2019 data breach, which has been sought by plaintiffs in a class action lawsuit. The report, if it becomes public, could shed light on one of last year's biggest breaches.
The Russian blogging platform LiveJournal confirmed this week that it suffered several brute-force attacks in 2011 and 2012. But it insists that the 26 million usernames and passwords that are now available for sale on darknet forums came from other sources.
Healthcare organizations need to diligently assess whether a security incident involving patient information truly qualifies as a reportable breach under HIPAA to avoid needlessly reporting it to federal regulators, says regulatory attorney Helen Oscislawski.
Britain's privacy watchdog reports it received 19% fewer data breach notifications in the first quarter than in the same period last year. While the decline may be attributed to more organizations better understanding when to report breaches, other countries have seen an increase in breach reports.
Don't forget to lock down online shared code repositories, as Mercedes-Benz parent company Daimler AG learned the hard way after a researcher was able to access nearly 9 GB of software development documentation from a misconfigured GitLab repository.
Bank of America disclosed this week that some customers' data may have been exposed during the uploading of loan applications related to the Paycheck Protection Program - a U.S. government initiative created to provide business loans during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Australian shipping giant Toll Group recently suffered its second ransomware outbreak of the year, with Thomas Knudsen, the company's managing director, branding the latest attack as being "serious and regrettable." But was it preventable?
European budget airline EasyJet says it suffered a data breach that exposed 9 million customers' personal details. While no passport details were exposed, the company's ongoing investigation has also found that attackers "accessed" a small number - just 2,208 - of customers' payment card details.
Cryptocurrency-mining hackers appear to be behind a recent spate of supercomputer and high-performance computing system intrusions. But it's unclear if attackers might also have had data-stealing or espionage intentions.
Covve Visual Network Ltd., a Cyprus-based app developer, acknowledges that it's the owner of 90GB of data - including tens of millions of records - that apparently was left exposed on an open Elasticsearch database. A portion of the data was posted on a forum for trading data leaks.
ARCHER, a British high-performance computing system for academic and theoretical research, has been offline since May 11, when a "security incident" forced the University of Edinburgh to take down the supercomputer. The security incident also affected supercomputers in other parts of Europe, university officials say.