An Illinois man has been found guilty of running subscription-based distributed denial of service attacks that enabled customers to launch DDoS strikes of their own. He is now facing a statutory maximum sentence of 35 years in federal prison when sentenced in January 2022.
A dual citizen of Pakistan and Grenada has been sentenced to 12 years in prison for orchestrating a seven-year scheme that unlawfully unlocked nearly 2 million AT&T smartphones, which the carrier says amounted to $200 million in subscriber losses, according to the U.S. DOJ.
Cisco Talos researchers have connected a previously discovered series of aviation industry attacks stretching back more than three years to a Nigeria-based attacker. The attacker sold the stolen information on the darknet, the researchers say.
CISA, the FBI and the U.S. Coast Guard Cyber Command warn users of Zoho Corp.'s single sign-on and password management tool to patch for a vulnerability that nation-state groups may look to exploit. Attackers could use the bug to compromise credentials and exfiltrate data from Active Directory.
Score one for the good guys in the fight against ransomware: Anyone who fell victim to REvil, aka Sodinokibi, crypto-locking malware before July 13 can now decrypt their files for free, thanks to a decryptor released by security firm Bitdefender.
The latest edition of the ISMG Security Report features an analysis of the state of the Biden administration's efforts to disrupt ransomware attackers, as well as how a newly patched Apple iMessage flaw was being targeted by Pegasus spyware to effect zero-click exploits.
Regarding the recent tactical innovation by the Grief ransomware gang that is threatening to wipe a victim's data and decryption key if the victim engages a ransom negotiator, analysts are calling this a desperate ploy to scare a target into paying the ransom demand.
A pair of House committees this week said they want to spend additional millions on cybersecurity by injecting funds into CISA and the FTC, as part of the debate over the Biden administration's $3.5 trillion budget proposal for 2022. Part of the money would help fulfill Biden's executive order.
A proposed class action lawsuit filed this week against St. Joseph's/Candler Health System in the wake of a recent ransomware breach affecting 1.4 million individuals alleges that the Georgia-based healthcare entity was "reckless" and "negligent" in safeguarding patients' information.
Three former U.S. Intelligence Community and military personnel have agreed to pay more than $1.68 million to settle federal charges for providing hacking-related services to the United Arab Emirates, according to the U.S. Department of Justice.
Senior U.S. officials say that there have been no signs that Moscow has begun to crack down on ransomware-wielding criminals operating from inside Russia's borders. President Biden has called on Russia to act responsibly, and U.S. intelligence has been sharing information on top suspects.
The need to act fast and respond to risks and threats has never been greater. On average it takes 73 days to contain a breach, and the average total cost is $3.92 million. Since 2020, security got a whole lot harder. Cybercriminals ramped up activity, eager to capitalize on confusion and profit from the pandemic....
An Arizona-based family medical practice says it is attempting to reconstruct thousands of patients' electronic health records following a May ransomware attack that badly corrupted the records as well as backup data.
Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey says her office is probing the data breach at T-Mobile that exposed the personal information of 54 million people, including current, former and prospective customers of the carrier. The Federal Communications Commission is also investigating the incident.
The top three tactics attackers have been using to break into corporate and government networks are brute-forcing passwords, exploiting unpatched vulnerabilities, and social engineering via malicious emails, says security firm Kaspersky in a roundup of its 2020 incident response investigations.