The possibility of a terrorist group launching a massive Sept. 11, 2001-scale cyberattack against the U.S. or an ally has been a concern for years, but cybersecurity pros with a background in intelligence and military affairs say such worries are likely unwarranted.
Researchers say a pro-China influence operation leveraging a network of fake social media accounts has expanded, promoting in-person protests and narratives around COVID-19 and U.S. domestic policy, according to Mandiant, which does not definitively attribute the activity to the Chinese government.
The Ragnar Locker ransomware operation has been threatening to dump victims' stolen data if they contact police, private investigators or professional negotiators before paying a ransom. But as one expert notes: "Perhaps the criminals watched too many TV shows, because this isn’t how the real world works."
The most sought-after type of victim for ransomware-wielding attackers is a large, U.S.-based business with at least $100 million in revenue, not operating in the healthcare or education sector, with remote access available via remote desktop protocol or VPN credentials, threat intelligence firm Kela reports.
Cyber Command and the U.S. Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency issued alerts Friday warning those using Atlassian's Confluence and Data Center products that attackers are actively exploiting the critical remote code execution vulnerability CVE-2021-26084.
As the United States heads into a holiday weekend, experts are warning that ransomware-wielding attackers are sure to unleash crypto-locking chaos in the coming days, with Conti ransomware attacks in particular having been rising sharply in recent weeks.
After a string of high-profile hits, many of the largest and most notorious ransomware operations recently disappeared. But the pace of ransomware attacks hasn't diminished because of a steady influx of new operations, existing operations getting more sophisticated and old players rebranding.
The Biden administration is hosting a White House meeting Wednesday with technology, banking, insurance and education executives to focus on cybersecurity and national security issues, such as protecting critical infrastructure from attacks and how to hire more security professionals to meet demand.
Security researchers at AT&T Alien Labs say they've discovered a cluster of Linux ELF executables, identified as modifications of the open-source PRISM backdoor, that attackers have been using in several campaigns for more than three years.
Microsoft security researchers say the operators of the well-established Mozi IoT botnet have upgraded the malware, enabling it to achieve persistence on network gateways manufactured by Netgear, Huawei and ZTE.
Richard Harrison, CISO at healthAlliance in New Zealand, is focused on visibility and "security by design" from initiation through design-build-operate process, to achieve excellence in security operations
Initial access brokers continue to sell easy access to networks. Given the uptake of such access by ransomware operations over the past year, one surprise is that relatively few individuals appear to be serving as brokers, which, of course, makes them an obvious target for law enforcement authorities.