South Korean web hosting firm Nayana has agreed to pay attackers a record-shattering $1 million to unlock 153 Linux servers crypto-locked by ransomware. Security researchers say the infection was likely exacerbated by the company running ancient versions of the Linux kernel, as well as Apache and PHP.
Concerns over Russian hacking of state election systems are mounting. In New York, Gov. Andrew Cuomo has ordered a review of security efforts related to state elections. On Capitol Hill, Sen. Mark Warner wants DHS to release additional details relating to cyberattacks targeting state election systems.
A new dump from WikiLeaks has revealed an apparent CIA project - code named "CherryBlossom" - that since 2007 has used customized, Linux-based firmware covertly installed on business and home routers to monitor internet traffic and exploit targets' devices.
Cybercriminals and nation-state threat actors are beginning to act alike - and that's bad news for cybersecurity leaders and their enterprises, says Eward Driehuis of SecureLink. Here are the trends to track.
Former U.S. CISO Gregory Touhill says the federal government must rethink how it hardens its workforce to prevent cyberattackers from succeeding. Organizations, he says, should regularly conduct cybersecurity exercises to help build their cyber defense.
It's easy to draw a direct link between high-profile breaches and the compromise of user credentials. But it requires a phased approach to actually improve privileged access management, says Barak Feldman of CyberArk.
Two security firms have investigated what they describe as a malware platform for attacking the industrial control systems that run electricity plants. They warn that the platform was the likely culprit behind the December blackouts in Ukraine.
In an in-depth interview, David Finn, a member of a task force that advised the Department of Health and Human Services on cybersecurity challenges, describes its recommendations, including the need for a healthcare sector-specific cybersecurity framework.
The Department of Veteran Affairs' implementation of an electronic health records system from the same vendor used by the Department of Defense likely will improve the security of vets' health data, but the move presents many new challenges, some health data security experts say.
A just released update to the FFIEC's Cybersecurity Assessment Tool helps make meeting regulators' demands for "baseline" cybersecurity more attainable, says Amy McHugh, a bank adviser and former IT examination analyst for the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp.
A discussion analyzing the difficulty of striking a balance between IT functionality and cybersecurity leads the latest edition of the ISMG Security Report. Also featured: Updates on sizing up weaknesses in biometrics and the potential to exploit LED lights to leak sensitive data from routers.
A new Department of Health and Human Services report to Congress containing more than 100 recommendations for how healthcare can better address cybersecurity threats is stirring debate over whether smaller organizations will be able to take the recommended actions.
Flaws in Subaru's telematics software, discovered by a security researcher, could have been exploited to unlock the doors or provide remote access to a car's location history. The problems - now fixed by Subaru - underscore carmakers' ongoing cybersecurity challenges.