Time for a fresh edition of "learn from how others get breached" focusing on Equifax. The goal is not blame, but rather to highlight specific missteps so others can avoid making the same mistakes. The Equifax breach offers a plethora of takeaways to help organizations better repel attackers.
It's a seductive story line: A chat app belonging to Saudi Arabia's crown prince is used to deliver malware to an American billionaire's phone. But a forensic investigation of Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos' phone raises more questions than it answers.
Emotet malware alert: The U.S. Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency says it's been "tracking a spike" in targeted Emotet malware attacks. It urges all organizations to immediately put in place defenses to not just avoid infection, but also detect lateral movement in their networks by hackers.
Proof-of-concept code has been released to exploit a severe Citrix vulnerability present in tens of thousands of enterprises. Citrix says it's developing permanent patches but that enterprises should use its mitigation guidance. In the meantime, attackers are hunting for vulnerable machines.
The gang behind Maze ransomware has begun publicly identifying its victims and listing data that it exfiltrated from systems before leaving them crypto-locked. The intent is clear: By naming and shaming victims, the Maze gang is trying to compel them to pay.
Many ransomware-wielding attackers continue to hack into organizations via remote desktop protocol. But some Sodinokibi ransomware-as-a-service affiliates have shifted instead to targeting victims via botnets, saying hackers' use of RDP exploits has grown too common.
Inadequately protected shared network storage devices at a Department of Veterans Affairs regional office left veterans' personal and health information vulnerable to ID theft, fraud and other compromises, according to a new report. Security experts say this kind of security lapse is common in other sectors.
Sodinokibi/REvil appears to be making millions since it seized the ransomware-as-a-service mantle from GandCrab earlier this year. Security firm McAfee says up to 40 percent of every victim's ransom payment - average: $4,000 - gets remitted to the Sodinokibi actor, with "affiliates" keeping the rest.
Private-equity firm Thoma Bravo, which already has stakes in several cybersecurity companies, plans to buy U.K.-based security company Sophos in a $3.9 billion deal, the two companies announced Monday. The Sophos board will "unanimously recommend" the sale to shareholders, the company says.
Nation-state attackers have been targeting known flaws that customers have yet to patch in their Pulse Secure, Palo Alto and Fortinet VPN servers, Britain's National Cyber Security Center warns, adding that any organization that didn't immediately apply patches should review logs for signs of hacking.
The city of Baltimore's ransomware outbreak - $18 million in costs and counting - led to many crypto-locked files being lost forever, because no IT policy mandated centralized file backups. But effective IT solutions exist to help solve this challenge, provided they're deployed in advance of an attack.
Artificial intelligence technologies that provide surveillance capabilities can have upsides as well as downsides. Unfortunately, as developers and governments rush to experiment, security, privacy, data protection and liability questions remain unanswered.
Ahead of the release of Edward Snowden's memoirs chronicling his decision to bring illegal "big data" domestic U.S. surveillance programs to light, a former NSA intelligence specialist points out that the U.S. still lacks a whistleblowing law to protect intelligence workers who spot illegal activity.
Do criminal organizations prefer to target organizations that hold cyber insurance policies? A ProPublica report suggests that because cyber insurance policyholders are more likely to pay ransoms, they're a more frequent target. But some cybersecurity experts have expressed skepticism.