Researchers are seeing a spike in opportunism by fraudsters and cybercriminals seeking to profit from the COVID-19 crisis. Underground online markets are offering a range of pandemic-related goods, from face masks to fraudulent vaccines.
The average ransom paid by victims to ransomware attackers reached $111,605 in the first quarter of this year, up 33% from the previous quarter, reports ransomware incident response firm Coveware, which sees the Sodinokibi, Ryuk and Phobos malware families continuing to dominate.
The World Health Organization, which has been at the forefront of the global COVID-19 pandemic since the start of the year, has witnessed a "dramatic" increase in the number of cyberattacks since the crisis began, according to the organization's CIO.
A California-based genetic testing laboratory has reported an email hacking incident that may have exposed medical information on nearly 233,000 individuals. It's the second-largest health data breach posted to the federal health data breach tally so far in 2020.
It's not so much that the threats have changed amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. It's that the attack surface has broadened, and it's more challenging for defenders to coordinate intelligence, tooling and processes, says Jimmy Astle of VMware Carbon Black.
The notorious carder marketplace Joker's Stash is advertising a fresh batch of 400,00 stolen payment cards issued by both South Korea and U.S. banks, warns Group-IB. It says that on average, stolen APAC payment card data sells for five times more than stolen U.S. payment card data.
VictoryGate, a recently discovered botnet that infected about 35,000 devices with malware, has been disabled by researchers from security firm ESET. The botnet's main purpose was mining monero cryptocurrency.
The former vice president of finance at a Georgia-based medical supplies company has been charged with hacking into the firm's computers and "sabotaging" shipment of personal protective equipment in the midst of the COVID-19 crisis.
Apple is now preparing final patches for two zero-day vulnerabilities that a security firm says have been exploited by certain attackers to seize control of iPhone and iPad email apps, giving them access to users' messages.
Two recently uncovered spear-phishing campaigns targeted oil and gas firms in the U.S., Asia and South Africa with AgentTesla, a notorious information stealer, according to Bitdefender. These campaigns appear tied to the global oil crisis.
Cybercriminals are using spoofed messages and images from Zoom and Cisco WebEx as lures in new phishing campaigns that are designed to steal credentials or distribute malware, according to the security firm Proofpoint.
About 25,000 email addresses and passwords that are apparently for staff at the World Health Organization, the Gates Foundation, the U.S. National Institutes of Health and other organizations have been dumped online, according to the Washington Post.