REvil, aka Sodinokibi, is one of today's most notorious - and profitable - ransomware operations, driven by highly skilled affiliates who share profits with the operators. And the operators are constantly improving the malware, including porting it to Linux to target network-attached storage and hypervisors.
In the latest weekly update, a panel of Information Security Media Group editors discusses key topics, including cybersecurity trends for the second half of the year, IoT device security and the planned security features for Windows 11.
The NSA, the FBI and other U.S. government agencies are tracking an ongoing Russian cyberespionage campaign in which attackers are using brute-force methods to access Office 365 and other cloud-based services.
In a multinational effort led by the Dutch National Police, authorities seized servers and web domains used by DoubleVPN, a Russia-based company that allegedly provided a safe operating infrastructure for cybercriminals, according to Europol.
Deputy national security adviser Anne Neuberger says the White House is preparing to release additional details, including attribution, about the attacks that targeted vulnerable on-premises Microsoft Exchange email servers at government agencies and other organizations earlier this year.
The legitimate security penetration testing tool Cobalt Strike is increasingly being used by threat groups, especially those that are less technically proficient, according to a Proofpoint report. The security firm says the number of attacks using the tool rose by 161% from 2019 to 2020.
Cyberattackers are using malware dubbed "Crackonosh" to disable many antivirus programs, paving the way for installation of the XMRig cryptominer, according to Avast. So far, this approach has generated more than $2 million in monero for the attackers over the last seven months, the security firm reports.
The saga around how scores of aging Western Digital NAS devices were remotely erased has deepened with the discovery of a new, unknown software vulnerability. The situation underscores the problems of still-used devices that have been abandoned by manufacturers.
The code used to build copies of Babuk ransomware - to infect victims with the crypto-locking malware - has been leaked, after someone posted the software to virus-scanning service VirusTotal. Whether the leak was intentional - perhaps a rival gang seeking to burn the operation - remains unclear.
Security researchers at Eclypsium have reported that they had identified four vulnerabilities that could affect 30 million users of computer technology company Dell's laptops, desktops and tablets. The vulnerabilities have a cumulative CVSS score of 8.3 (high).
NIST has published its definition of "critical software" for the U.S. federal government as the standards agency begins fulfilling requirements laid out in President Biden's executive order on cybersecurity. The software part of the executive order looks to reduce the threat of supply chain attacks.
Two brothers who run Africrypt, a currency exchange service based in Johannesburg, South Africa, have been accused by law firm Hanekom Attorneys, acting on behalf of investors, of 'vanishing' along with $3.6 billion in cryptocurrency investments.
Owners of Western Digital My Book Live devices have seen their data remotely wiped by attackers targeting a flaw first detailed in 2019. But WD stopped supporting these devices in 2015, which is a reminder that the best way to secure some types of internet of things devices may be to discard them.
The Russian-linked cyberespionage group behind the supply chain attack against SolarWinds targeted Microsoft's customer support system as part of a new campaign, the company disclosed in a report. The group, called Nobelium, has been linked to recent attacks against a marketing firm used by USAID.
Security specialists are offering preliminary feedback on Microsoft's sneak peek at the new security measures to be included in the Windows 11 operating system, which is slated for release in December.