Ransomware-wielding attackers are typically breaking into victims' networks using remote desktop protocol access, phishing emails or malware that's sometimes used in drive-by attacks against browsers, experts warn, advising organizations to make sure they have the right defenses in place.
The latest edition of the ISMG Security Report analyzes why cyberattacks against banks have surged in recent weeks. Plus: The increasingly ruthless tactics of ransomware gangs; cybersecurity strategies for small businesses.
Ransomware-wielding criminals are growing increasingly ruthless, based on the size of their extortion demands, their increasing propensity to leak data in an attempt to force victims to pay and their greater focus on taking down big targets. These tactics, unfortunately, appear to be working.
Ransomware, wire transfer fraud, destructive attacks: In recent months, the financial sector has seen these and other online attacks surge by 238% as criminals continue to exploit the pandemic, warns Tom Kellermann of VMware Carbon Black, who shares findings from his firm's third "Modern Bank Heists" report.
The Maze ransomware gang has started releasing payment card data from an attack that happened earlier this year at Banco BCR, the state-owned Bank of Costa Rica. The cybercriminal gang is now threatening to release more of customers' financial data each week.
As ransomware gangs attempt to boost their illicit profits, the RagnarLocker ransomware gang has brought a new tactic to bear: installing a full virtual machine on victims' systems to hide their crypto-locking malware while it forcibly encrypts files, security firm Sophos warns.
The latest edition of the ISMG Security Report features Retired General Keith Alexander, former NSA director, discussing the long-term security implications of the shift to working from home. Also: an update on ransomware gangs leaking data and an analysis of using open source code for app development.
A recent ransomware attack that targeted a law firm that serves celebrities may have been facilitated by a Pulse Secure VPN server that was not properly patched and mitigated against a well-known vulnerability, some security experts say.
Australian shipping giant Toll Group recently suffered its second ransomware outbreak of the year, with Thomas Knudsen, the company's managing director, branding the latest attack as being "serious and regrettable." But was it preventable?
Attacks targeting cloud-based data nearly doubled in 2019 as companies shifted more of their valuable information off-premises and misconfigurations and other issues made it more vulnerable, according to the 2020 Verizon Data Breach Investigations Report. Observers expect the trend to continue this year.
The operators of the REvil ransomware strain are attempting to ratchet up pressure on a New York law firm to pay a $42 million ransom, threatening to release more data on the firm's roster of celebrity clients. So far, the REvil gang has released about 2 GB of legal information related to Lady Gaga.
More ransomware-wielding gangs are not just crypto-locking victims' systems, but also stealing and threatening to leak data unless they get their demanded bitcoin ransom payoff. A growing number of security experts believe the strategy is leading more victims to pay.
The latest edition of the ISMG Security Report discusses securing RDP to prevent ransomware attacks. Also featured: A look at three likely scenarios for the COVID19 pandemic, and an analysis of why we're still using PINs for certain card payments.
Security experts and law enforcement officials have long argued that paying ransoms doesn't pay. For starters, it directly funds the cybercrime ecosystem and makes it attractive for criminals to keep launching ransomware attacks.
Magellan Health, a U.S. managed care company that focuses on specialty areas of healthcare, says it was hit by a ransomware attack that involved the exfiltration of data. Ransomware gangs are increasingly going beyond encrypting data, stealing information to put more pressure on victims to pay ransoms.