The ISMG Security Report analyzes the latest updates on the Ukraine-Russia crisis and offers cyber resiliency tips for organizations. It also describes how the Conti ransomware group has hired TrickBot malware developers and revisits one of the largest ransomware attacks ever in the U.S.
Jeff Williams, co-founder and CTO of Contrast Security, says people have a right to know if the products they use are secure. It's difficult to tell if software is secure, he says, so companies need incentives to build good security programs, improve their software and disclose any flaws they find.
This edition of the ISMG Security Report analyzes what prosecutors say is the biggest cryptocurrency seizure in U.S. history as well as the biggest financial seizure. It also details how a school district CISO resigned over the district's handling of a severe data breach and busts Zero Trust myths.
The arrest of a married New Yorker couple, charged with laundering bitcoins worth $3.6 billion that were stolen from a currency exchange in 2016, highlights the risk facing anyone who wants to launder large amounts of cryptocurrency and stay free long enough to enjoy their alleged rap career.
The U.S. government has taken notable moves to enforce cybersecurity regulation and propose legislation, says Andy Watkin-Child, founding partner of the Augusta Group. To help prepare for these shifts, he advises organizations to improve their "understanding in global regulation in cyber."
It's no surprise that as some ransomware-wielding criminals have been hitting healthcare, pipelines and other sectors that provide critical services, governments have been recasting the risk posed by ransomware not just as a business threat but as an urgent national security concern.
Drawing on his deep background in technology, government and law, cybersecurity adviser Tony Scott delves into many pressing issues in cybersecurity today - including zero trust. In this episode of "Cybersecurity Unplugged," he says organizations should get started on the journey now.
The latest edition of the ISMG Security Report features insight from U.S. Sen. Angus King on why the federal government needs to declare a clear response to cybercriminals in order to deter them. Also featured: Ransomware affiliates gain power and promoting diversity of thought in cybersecurity.
Who's been launching distributed denial-of-service attacks against ransomware operators' sites and cybercrime markets? Disrupting ransomware operations that rely on Tor-based data leak sites and payment portals for double extortion is an obvious move for cutting into their profits.
"Silence is gold." So says ransomware operator Ragnar Locker, as it attempts to compel victims to pay its ransom demand without ever telling anyone - especially not police. But some ransomware-battling experts have been advocating the opposite, including mandatory reporting of all ransom payments.
This edition of the ISMG Security Report features a discussion about why the head of Britain's National Cyber Security Center says the No. 1 cyber risk is not nation-state attackers but ransomware-wielding criminals. Also featured: Western Digital IoT flaws; an FBI agent tracks cybersecurity trends.
The global law enforcement "Anom" honeypot operation racked up impressive statistics for the number of criminals tricked into using the encrypted communications service. Psychology was at play: Officials say users flocked to the service after they disrupted rivals EncroChat and Sky Global.
"They’re playing games," is how one security expert describes Conti ransomware-wielding attackers' "gift" of a decryptor to Ireland's crypto-locked health service, while still demanding a ransom to not leak stolen health data. The same could be said of the DarkSide gang's promised retirement.
Does the West want to have its digital existence defined by adversaries, or is it ready to devote the time, resources, expertise and planning required to more fully take control of its evolving destiny? That's the techno-Darwinian call to arms issued by Jeremy Fleming, the director of Britain's GCHQ intelligence...
Authorities have accused Serbia-based scammers of capitalizing on the "initial coin offering" bubble that began in 2017, bilking global cryptocurrency investors out of $70 million via Bitcoiin2Gen and other supposed coins and hiring actor Steven Seagal to endorse them.