The U.S. Justice Department clawed back $500,000 from North Korean-government-sponsored cyberattackers who launched Maui ransomware assaults on the U.S. healthcare sector. Healthcare ransomware attacks have soared over the past two years, and the sector is among those most likely to pay a ransom.
The cybercriminals behind BlackCat ransomware have upgraded their arsenal by adding Brute Ratel, a pen-testing tool with remote access features that are used by attackers. The group targets large corporations in different industry segments across the U.S., Europe and Asia.
Microsoft security researchers say they're tracking a hacking group originating in North Korea that may be a side project of an established threat actor. So far the group, which prefers the name "H0lyGh0st," appears not to have collected any ransom.
Ransomware attacks and data breaches: One thing both have in common is the challenge of attempting to accurately understand their true scale and impact. Too often, data breach notifications lack useful details, while ransomware attacks and ransom payments go unreported.
A little more than halfway into the year, hacking incidents, and especially ransomware incidents, as well as breaches involving business associates, are dominating the hundreds of major health data breaches affecting millions of individuals being reported to federal regulators.
The latest edition of the ISMG Security Report analyzes why the number of ransomware attacks and the amounts being paid in ransoms are both on the rise. It also discusses today's cyberthreat landscape and whether organizations should rely on user training to improve security.
Businesses today have to navigate economic crises, global pandemics, shifting regulations, malware and ransomware. Ransomware is big business and attackers are relentless in their pursuit to develop new, creative ways to infiltrate corporate networks and IT environments to seize data and hold it hostage. The key is to...
Seeking maximum profits, ransomware groups continually refine the tactics they use to bypass defenses, infect victims and pressure them into paying. Unfortunately, a reported increase in ransomware attacks and ransom amounts getting paid to criminals suggests these efforts largely remain successful.
Moises Zagala is a 55-year-old cardiologist living in Ciudad Bolivar, Venezuela. He has a bald head and an earnest smile. In one photo, he wears a doctor's white overcoat and has a stethoscope around his neck. But U.S. prosecutors allege Zagala led a double life and claim he's also a cybercriminal.
Newly spotted ransomware dubbed HavanaCrypt by TrendMicro masquerades as the Google Software Update. For all its sophistication, it fails to drop a ransom note, leading researchers to speculate that it is still in development. Detect and block it before it causes more damage, the company warns.
As the number one threat vector for most organizations, email continues to be widely used by cyber criminals to penetrate organizations in support of a wide variety of cyberattacks. Unlike other attack vectors, email enables cybercriminals to directly leverage humans in an effort to bypass security controls and...
Organizations that are relying on cloud-based email providers to secure their email systems and data should strongly consider adding a secure email gateway. Too many organizations are confusing the existence of security features with the efficacy of those features.
While moving enterprise email to the cloud has...
Today, CIOs must manage and secure millions of dynamic, diverse, and globally distributed endpoints located across cloud and hybrid networks. These endpoints face a growing wave of cybersecurity attacks. It's becoming more clear that using legacy point tools that were designed to work in small, static environments,...
The government of Puerto Rico announced an investment of $7.6 million toward strengthening cybersecurity on the island. The island has undergone a string a embarrassing cybersecurity incidents, including a phishing incident that stole $2.6 million of taxpayer dollars.
Ransomware attackers executing double-extortion schemes very carefully choose which data to steal and leak based on victims' economic sector, says Erick Galinkin, artificial intelligence researcher at security firm Rapid7. He discusses the latest ransomware data theft trends.