By issuing a sweeping cybersecurity executive order on Wednesday, the Biden administration is attempting to take a critical step to address security issues that have come to light after recent cyberattacks. Here's an analysis of the order's key elements.
As former CISO of Pacific Gas & Electric, Bernie Cowens knows plenty about cyber securing the nation's critical infrastructure. He shares his informed opinion on the Colonial Pipeline ransomware attack and what public and private sector entities must do to shore up key defenses.
President Joe Biden signed an extensive executive order Wednesday that describes the government's plan to increase cybersecurity protection across the public and private sectors as well as secure the nation's infrastructure against the type of attack that targeted SolarWinds and its customers.
Colonial Pipeline Co. announced Wednesday that it had restarted its operations following a ransomware attack last Friday. The company says it will take several days to restore all of its supply chain operations.
The ransomware attack against Colonial Pipeline, which has disrupted the flow of gasoline and other petroleum products throughout the eastern U.S. since Friday, is prompting members of Congress to call for new cybersecurity regulations and ask probing questions about regulators' scrutiny of security measures.
In April, Cybereason published a blog describing its research into the DarkSide ransomware strain that infected Colonial Pipeline this past week. Sam Curry, CSO of Cybereason, shares insights on DarkSide and the tactics behind the new breed of ransomware attacks.
The Babuk ransomware gang has reignited its feud with the Washington, D.C. Metropolitan Police Department by posting what it says is an additional 22GB of stolen data and what it claims is a transcript of the failed ransom negotiations.
An ongoing advanced persistent threat campaign dubbed "Operation TunnelSnake" has been using a Windows rootkit named Moriya to deploy a passive backdoor to spy on victims, the security firm Kaspersky reports.
CISA is still awaiting more technical details from Colonial Pipeline about the Friday ransomware attack that forced it to shut down its operations, Brandon Wales, the agency's acting director, told a Senate committee that's probing the attack and other cybersecurity incidents.
Gregory Touhill, the retired Air Force general and former federal CISO under President Obama, minces no words when he describes the Colonial Pipeline ransomware attack as a "global day of reckoning" for critical infrastructure protection.
Attackers are using Avaddon ransomware to target diverse organizations in the U.S., Australia and elsewhere, according to the FBI and the Australian Cyber Security Center. Among the recent victims was a service provider to Australian telecommunications company Telstra.
The FBI and White House confirmed Monday that the DarkSide ransomware variant was used in the Friday attack that caused disruptions at Colonial Pipeline Co., which operates a pipeline that supplies fuel throughout the eastern U.S. But the gang behind the ransomware tried to shift the blame to an affiliate.