The Cl0p ransomware group has been attempting to extort Thames Water, a public utility in England. Just one problem: the group attacked an entirely different water provider. Through ineptitude or outright lying, this isn't the first time that a ransomware group has claimed the wrong victim.
How many organizations fall victim to a ransomware outbreak? How many victims pay a ransom? How many victims see stolen data get leaked? A new study from the EU's cybersecurity agency ENISA offers answers, but carries major caveats due to rampant underreporting of such attacks.
Here's unwelcome ransomware news: When a ransomware victim chooses to pay a ransom, the average amount has increased to $228,125, reports ransomware incident response firm Coveware. On the upside, however, big-name ransomware groups are having a tougher time attracting affiliates.
Big, bad bugs - including the likes of Heartbleed, BlueKeep and Drupalgeddon - never seem to burn out. Instead, they just slowly fade away, despite the risk that attackers will successfully exploit them to steal data, seize control of systems or deploy ransomware.
Ransomware attacks and data breaches: One thing both have in common is the challenge of attempting to accurately understand their true scale and impact. Too often, data breach notifications lack useful details, while ransomware attacks and ransom payments go unreported.
Please don't pay ransoms, authorities continue to urge. Britain's lead cyber agency and privacy watchdog are now making that appeal directly to legal advisers, warning them that paying a ransom offers no data protection upsides and won't lessen any fine they might face.
The Russian-language criminal syndicate behind the notorious Conti ransomware has retired that brand name, after having already launched multiple spinoffs to make future operations more difficult to track or disrupt, threat intelligence firm Advanced Intelligence reports.
If you were a nation with legions of hackers at your disposal, seeking to sidestep crippling international sanctions, would you look to ransomware to fund your regime? That question is posed by new research that finds state-sponsored North Korean hackers haven't stopped their ransomware experiments.
As the Russia-Ukraine war continues, cybersecurity officials say the risk of attack spillover - and perhaps the direct targeting of critical infrastructure sectors outside Ukraine - remains high. The memo for CISOs is clear: Remain prepared.
Does it ever feel like you can't fight that REvil/Sodinokibi ransomware feeling anymore? Victims might be all out of love with attacks launched under the banner of the group, which is tied to more than $200 million in losses, but despite repeated disruptions, REvil keep returns - at least in name.
Two signs that the tide may finally, if slowly, be turning on ransomware: The number of victims who choose to pay continues to decline, while the amount they pay - when they choose to do so - recently dropped by one-third, reports ransomware incident response firm Coveware.
Don't stockpile cryptocurrency in case your organization falls victim to ransomware-wielding attackers and opts to pay a ransom. This might seem obvious to anyone aware of the volatility in Bitcoin's value, but some organizations reportedly used to employ this incident response strategy.
As Finnish technology giant Nokia announces it is ceasing sales in Russia over the war with Ukraine, the company is facing tough questions over how it helped enable a mass surveillance program that supports President Vladimir Putin's autocratic regime.
Life comes at you fast, especially when you're a breached business such as Okta, which may have exposed customer data or otherwise put the businesses paying for your product at risk. Here's how after detecting the breach, Okta fumbled its response, and what others should learn from this experience.
With Ukraine having called on the world to join its "IT Army" and help it hack Russia and ally Belarus, what could possibly go wrong? For starters, launching distributed denial-of-service attacks - at least from outside Ukraine - remains illegal and risks triggering an escalation by Moscow.