Two London-based Romanians recently arrested in Bucharest as part of a roundup of alleged ransomware attackers have been accused of hacking into Washington surveillance cameras and using them as a launchpad for Cerber and Dharma ransomware attacks.
An assessment on whether North Korea is behind the WannaCry ransomware attacks leads the latest edition of the ISMG Security Report. Also, the co-author of NIST's revised Trustworthy Email special publication discusses changes in the guidance.
South Korean police investigating the hack of a cryptocurrency exchange are eyeing North Korean hackers as the likely culprits. North Korea has also been tied to recent phishing campaigns and other attacks, including what appears to be the first case of nation-state malware designed to infect point-of-sale devices.
Police in Romania have arrested five individuals on suspicion of launching crypto-locking ransomware attacks. Three men are accused of targeting Europeans via spam carrying CTB Locker, while two men have been charged with using Cerber to target U.S. victims.
A British teenager has avoided jail time after pleading guilty to thousands of DDoS disruptions against Amazon, Netflix, NatWest Bank and others. Separately, a U.S. man has pleaded guilty to launching DDoS attacks on behalf of Lizard Squad and PoodleCorp, among other offenses.
Kaspersky Lab has sued the U.S. Department of Homeland Security for issuing an order that bans the Moscow-based anti-virus firm's software from being used on federal systems, saying DHS violated the company's right to respond to the allegations against it.
An analysis of the cyber component of the Trump administration's just-published National Security Strategy leads the latest edition of the ISMG Security. Also, DHS and industry establish a cyber coordinating council to help secure the U.S. electoral system.
The Trump administration has belatedly announced that hackers tied to the government of North Korea were behind the WannaCry ransomware outbreak that began in May and infected more than 200,000 endpoints across 150 countries. Why is the White House only now airing its attribution?
Bitcoin-seeking phishing attacks have been trying to socially engineer would-be cryptocurrency exchange executives, warn researchers at Secureworks. The attacks use Word documents with malicious macros and control code previously seen in attacks launched by the Lazarus Group, which has been tied to North Korea.
The latest ISMG Security Report leads with a report on a malware attack on an industrial safety system that experts contend could threaten public safety. Also, legislation giving DHS's cybersecurity unit a meaningful name progresses through Congress.
A new U.S. law signed by President Donald Trump prohibits federal agencies from running anti-virus software from Moscow-based Kaspersky Lab. The company criticized the action, saying it's being singled out based solely on where its corporate headquarters is located.
What does the title National Protection and Programs Directorate mean to you? It's not so clear, unless you are familiar with the Department of Homeland Security's organizational chart. To clarify its mission, the House has voted to rename - and revamp - the DHS agency.
Most of the criminal activity targeting today's enterprises originates at the endpoint, and the majority of modern breaches use known threats or vulnerabilities for which a patch already exists. For this reason, endpoint visibility must be complete and continuous.