The Evilnum hacking group has updated its tactics, techniques and procedures, now uses MS Office Word documents and leverages document template injection to deliver malicious payloads to its victims' machines. First seen in 2018, the group mainly targets fintech firms in the U.K. and Europe.
Ransomware-wielding criminals constantly refine their behavior and tactics to maximize the chance of a payday, and recently they have been implementing fresh strategies for monetizing stolen data, says Steve Rivers at threat intelligence firm Kela.
Ransomware-as-a-service gang LockBit has set up a bug bounty program for its malware and for exploitable vulnerabilities it could use to further criminal activities. Whether the program will go as planned is an open question. The gang is offering $1,000 to $1 million in remuneration.
Unlocking the data generated by ransomware attacks is helping organizations better understand the risks, adopt defensive technologies and prepare for future attacks, says Wade Baker, partner at Cyentia Institute. He discusses new data on how quickly organizations are remediating vulnerabilities.
To excel at cybersecurity incident response, start with planning, preparation and, ideally, regular tabletop exercises, say Kevin Li, CISO for MUFG Securities Americas, and Rocco Grillo, managing director of Alvarez & Marsal's Disputes and Investigations Global Cyber Risk Services practice.
Ransomware has changed the risk landscape for suppliers and is forcing companies to reconsider their risk relationships, says Kelly White, co-founder and CEO of RiskRecon. He discusses the correlation between cyber hygiene, ransomware and data loss.
The latest edition of the ISMG Security Report investigates the reboot of ransomware group Conti, which supports Russia's invasion of Ukraine. It also discusses why paying ransomware actors is a "business decision" and how to respond to the talent shortage in the financial sector.
Insurance claims being filed by ransomware victims are growing as criminals continue to hit businesses with crypto-locking malware. To avoid these claims, organizations can take a number of proven steps to better protect themselves, says Payal Chakravarty of Coalition.
A new Android malware that can steal financial data, credentials, crypto wallets, personal data and cookies; bypass multifactor authentication codes; and remotely control infected devices is targeting online banking customers and financial institutions, cybersecurity researchers at F5 Labs say.
The U.S. Department of Justice, together with law enforcement partners in Germany, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom, has dismantled the infrastructure of a massive Russian botnet known as RSOCKS, which hacked millions of computers and other electronic devices around the world.
In his spare time, ransomware expert Allan Liska recently became a certified sommelier. Branching out from his day job as principal intelligence analyst at Recorded Future, Liska says he's found numerous parallels between the deductive tasting process and threat intelligence.
Until its disruption earlier this year, the Russian-language Hydra marketplace was the world's largest darknet market. Studying how Hydra became such a success will be key to tracking and disrupting future darknet markets, says Ian Gray, senior intelligence director at Flashpoint.
The discovery and subsequent exploitation of a critical zero-day vulnerability in Apache's Log4j open-source library has highlighted the importance of code security in today's threat landscape, says Steve Wilson, security chief product officer at Contrast.
Threat watch: The ongoing Russia-Ukraine war continues to pose both direct and indirect risks to enterprise networks, says Michael Baker, vice president and IT CISO of IT services and consulting firm DXC Technology. He also discusses recruiting and retaining new talent.
The public-private Ransomware Task Force last year issued numerous recommendations for battling ransomware, and task force member Marc Rogers of Okta says that while the problem persists, better mechanisms are helping to blunt such criminal activity.