In the latest weekly update, three editors at Information Security Media Group discuss important cybersecurity issues, including the latest ransomware trends, plus an update on NIST's "zero trust" initiative.
Nearly three weeks ago, Iran's state railway company was hit with a cyberattack that was disruptive and - somewhat unusually - also playful. Security firm SentinelOne says analyzing the wiper malware involved offers tantalizing clues about the attackers' skills, but no clear attribution.
The bug hunting team at pentesting firm Haxalot uncovered a remote code execution vulnerability in Moodle, an open-source online learning platform widely used by universities worldwide. The flaw has since been patched.
The lack of adequate security features in critical electric grid equipment that's made in other nations poses a serious U.S. cybersecurity threat, federal officials said this week. Supply chain attacks could take down the grid and result in a lengthy recovery period, they told Congress.
Two U.S. senators are looking to place additional restrictions on the use of telecom equipment from Chinese equipment manufacturers Huawei and ZTE by prohibiting using funds from the $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan stimulus package to buy such equipment.
Ransomware operations continue to thrive thanks to a vibrant cybercrime-as-a-service ecosystem designed to support all manner of online attacks. Given that attackers first need remote access to victims' systems, robust patch management and remote desktop protocol security remain obvious must-have defenses.
Cyber insurance provider Coalition Inc. says its clients' average claims for losses when they were hit by a ransomware attack totaled $184,000 in the first half of this year, down 45% compared to the second half of 2020. Negotiating lower ransoms and more efficient recovery were key factors.
The Israeli government paid a visit on Wednesday to NSO Group, the company whose spyware is alleged to have been covertly installed on the mobile devices of journalists and activists. The visit comes as Israel faces growing pressure to see if NSO Group's spyware, called Pegasus, has been misused.
Researchers discovered an unauthenticated operating system command injection vulnerability in the Sunhillo SureLine surveillance application that allows an attacker to execute arbitrary commands with root privileges. The flaw has since been patched.
President Joe Biden signed an executive national security memorandum on Wednesday calling for the development of new critical infrastructure cybersecurity standards for various industries. CISA and NIST will develop the standards, and compliance will be voluntary - at least initially.
A new ransomware group called BlackMatter has debuted, claiming to offer the best features of REvil and DarkSide - both apparently defunct - as well as LockBit. A new attack using REvil's code has also been spotted, but a security expert says it's likely the work of a former affiliate.
To recruit and retain cybersecurity specialists, organizations must "stop expecting people just to be sort of 'focused monkeys' and doing one particular task and turning the handle," says Keith Martin, professor of information security at Royal Holloway University in the U.K.
Researchers are warning of three zero-day vulnerabilities in Kaseya's Unitrends cloud-based enterprise backup and disaster recovery technology. The news comes after a July 2 ransomware attack exploiting flaws in Kaseya's VSA software had a major impact.