In the annals of attempting to downplay the impact of a data breach, here's a new one: British outsourcing giant Capita says the hackers who hit it - steling data pertaining to customers, suppliers and employees - accessed "less than 0.1% of its server estate."
Pre-RSA social media gaming predicted it. Many predicted they would loath it. And it happened: Discussions at this year's RSA conference again and again came back to generative artificial intelligence - but with a twist. Even some of the skeptics professed their conversion to the temple of AI.
Apple users: Don't fear newly discovered samples of LockBit ransomware designed to target newer macOS devices. Researchers say the still-in-development code, tied to no known in-the-wild attacks, contains numerous errors, leaving it unable to execute.
The cybercrime economy appears to remain alive and well: Compared to last year, researchers report seeing an increase in the number of known ransomware victims as well as initial access listings, which facilitate such attacks. The impact the takedowns of BreachForums and Genesis remains to be seen.
Warning to criminals: Could that cybercrime service you're about to access really be a sting by law enforcement agents who are waiting to identify and arrest you? That's the message from British law enforcement agents, who say they're running multiple DDoS-for-hire sites as criminal honeypots.
There's much national security ado about how much user data gets collected by the Chinese-owned, wildly popular video-sharing app TikTok. But as France's ban of "recreational apps" from government-issued devices highlights, a bigger-picture approach for combating surveillance is required.
Not all ransomware groups wield crypto-locking malware. Some have adopted other strategies. Take BianLian. After security researchers released a free decryptor for its malware, instead of encrypting files, the group chose to steal them and demand ransom solely for their safe return.
The LockBit ransomware operation claims to have stolen data from a Texas-based supplier to Elon Musk's SpaceX, which designs, manufactures and launches rockets and spacecraft. It's the latest PR-grabbing attempt by the prolific LockBit extortion group.
Key to the business success of top ransomware groups remains their ability to find innovative new ways to amass victims. For Hive, which received more than $100 million in ransom payments before being disrupted by law enforcement, the new business strategy that helped it thrive was co-working.
Here's further proof many cybercriminals are rampant self-promoters: Credit card market BidenCash, which sells compromised payment card data, dumped 2 million payment cards for free. This shows that competition between carder markets - and increasingly, Telegram-based vendors - is fierce.
Cybercrime experts have long urged victims to never pay a ransom in return for any promise an attacker makes to delete stolen data. That's because, as a recent case highlights, whatever extortionists might promise, stolen personal data is lucrative, and it often gets sold six ways from Sunday.
Will large language models such as ChatGPT take cybercrime to new heights? Researchers say AI for malicious use so far remains a novelty rather than a useful and reliable cybercrime tool. But as AI capabilities and chatbots improve, the cybersecurity writing is on the wall.
As ransomware continues to disrupt British organizations, the U.K. for the first time has sanctioned alleged cybercriminals, including accused Conti and TrickBot operators. Ransomware victims must conduct due diligence before paying any ransom, as violating sanctions carries severe penalties.
The LockBit group has gone from denying it had any involvement in the ransomware attack on Britain's Royal Mail to trying to bargain for a ransom. The ransomware group's site now lists Royal Mail as a victim and demands it pay a ransom or see stolen data get dumped.
Criminals lately have been prioritizing two types of attacks: exploiting Remote Desktop Protocol and penetrating cloud databases. So warns cyber insurer Coalition, based on analyzing in-the-wild attacks seen in 2022 via underwriting and claims data, scans of IP addresses and honeypots.