Fresh strains of ransomware are being distributed by attackers who gain remote access to organizations' networks to infect them with Phobos, as well as via cracked-software sites that share adware installers inside which STOP ransomware has been hidden.
Cybercrime outfits appeared to take a vacation around the December holidays. But attacks involving Emotet, Hancitor and Trickbot have resurged following their December slowdown, as has the Fallout exploit kit, lately serving GandCrab ransomware.
Leading the latest edition of the ISMG Security Report is an in-depth look at why ransomware remains a pervasive threat and how it's evolving. Also featured: updates on venture capital investments in cybersecurity and a study of vulnerabilities in industrial remotes.
Ransomware attacks continue, with the city of Del Rio, Texas, saying its operations have been disrupted by crypto-locking malware. Meanwhile, CryptoMix ransomware urges victims to pay ransoms, claiming it will fund treatments for seriously ill children, while GandCrab gets distributed via malvertising attacks.
Data integrity issues can arise in the wake of a ransomware attack. Case in point: A California podiatrist practice hit by ransomware reports that patient files were possibly "altered" or "corrupted." Security specialists weigh in on what might have happened and offer prevention and detection insights.
Production of newspapers owned by Chicago-based Tribune Publishing was disrupted after malware began infecting the company's publishing and printing systems. Tribune newspapers report that they appear to have been hit by crypto-locking Ryuk ransomware.
Don't rush to blame the printing outage at newspapers owned by Tribune Publishing on anything more than an organization failing to block a malware outbreak. And even if it does prove to be a Ryuk ransomware attack, there's no proof yet that any particular nation-state is behind the campaign, experts warn.
Twitter says that an unspecified number of its users may have been targeted by state-sponsored hackers seeking to unmask their identity. Separately, Trend Micro says Twitter has blocked an account that was posting image memes designed to remotely control malware-infected PCs.
Yet another cyberattack against a cloud-based electronic health records vendor has been revealed. This one involved a ransomware attack that potentially exposed data on 16,000 patients of a California eye clinic. What can healthcare organizations do to minimize vendor risks?
As the year winds down, phishing and ransomware attacks continue to plague the healthcare sector, as illustrated by recent breach reports. A hospital owned by Cancer Treatment Centers of America is among the latest phishing victims.
In the latest edition of the ISMG Security Report, hear prosecutors discuss the indictments of two Iranians in connection with SamSam ransomware attacks. Also: Updates on allegations that Google is violating GDPR and cryptocurrency's impact on crime trends.
A federal grand jury has indicted two Iranians for allegedly waging SamSam ransomware attacks on more than 200 entities, including Atlanta and other municipalities and six healthcare organizations. They collected $6 million in ransoms and caused more than $30 million in losses to victims, U.S. prosecutors allege.
Cybercrime gangs continue to update or issue fresh versions of malware to mine for cryptocurrency, deliver crypto-locking ransomware, steal passwords and facilitate online bank account heists, according to new research reports.
An attack on Altus Baytown Hospital in Texas is the latest ransomware incident reported to federal regulators as a health data breach. What other major ransomware incidents are impacting the healthcare sector?