Bad news on the ransomware front: Victims that choose to pay attackers' ransom demands - in return for the promise of a decryption tool - last quarter paid an average of $84,116, according to Coveware. But gangs wielding Ryuk and Sodinokibi - aka REvil - often demanded much more.
Many companies that should be offering customers the ability to "opt out" of the sale of their information under the California Consumer Privacy Act are failing to do so because of the law's ambiguities, some legal experts say. CCPA went into effect Jan. 1, but it won't be enforced until July.
A spear-phishing campaign targeted a U.S. government agency for several months last year using emails with content about North Korea geopolitics as a lure, according to an analysis from Palo Alto Networks' Unit 42.
U.K. officials reportedly are considering a proposal to allow China's Huawei to play a limited role in providing certain equipment for the country's 5G rollout, which would defy calls from the U.S. for a complete ban of telecom gear from the company.
Aleksey Burkov, who was extradited from Israel to the U.S. in November, plead guilty this week to several federal charges related to his site "Cardplanet," which trafficked in stolen payment card data.
Hackers who may have ties to Iran have recently turned their attention to the European energy sector, using open source tools to target one firm's network as part of an cyberespionage operation, according to the security firm Recorded Future.
Emotet malware alert: The U.S. Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency says it's been "tracking a spike" in targeted Emotet malware attacks. It urges all organizations to immediately put in place defenses to not just avoid infection, but also detect lateral movement in their networks by hackers.
Microsoft accidentally internet-exposed for three weeks 250 million customer support records stored in five misconfigured Elasticsearch databases. While the company rapidly locked them down after being alerted, it's an embarrassing gaff for the technology giant, which has pledged to do better.
The mobile phone of Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos was hacked via a malicious file sent directly from the official WhatsApp account of Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman, investigators have concluded. While the Saudis deny involvement, the United Nations has called for an immediate investigation.
Apple previously scuttled plans to add end-to-end encryption to iCloud backups, Reuters reports, noting that such a move would have complicated law enforcement investigations. But the apparent olive branch hasn't caused the U.S. government to stop vilifying strong encryption and the technology giants that provide it.
Britain's two largest telecommunications firms - BT and Vodafone - plan to lobby Prime Minister Boris Johnson to not fully ban Huawei hardware from the nation's 5G rollout, warning that doing so could delay their rollouts, the Guardian reports.
FTCODE, a ransomware strain that has been active since at least 2013, has recently been revamped to include new features, including the ability to steal credentials and passwords from web browsers and email clients, according to two research reports released this week.
The National Payments Corp. of India is labeling as "premature" news reports that it's launching a blockchain-based system called "Vajra" to secure online payments. NPCI says the system remains in development with no timeline for release.
Since the EU's General Data Protection Regulation went into full effect in May 2018, European data protection authorities have received more than 160,900 data breach reports and imposed $126 million in fines under GDPR for a wide variety of infringements, not all involving data breaches.