Criminals love to amass and sell vast quantities of user data, but not all data leaks necessarily pose a risk to users. Even so, the ease with which would-be attackers can amass user data is a reminder to organizations to lock down inappropriate access as much as possible.
Facebook has been attempting to dismiss the appearance of a massive trove of user data by claiming it wasn't hacked, but scraped. No matter how the theft is characterized, 533 million users have just learned that their nonpublic profile details were stolen and sold to fraudsters.
How much does it cost to recover from a ransomware attack? For the Scottish Environment Protection Agency, which was hit by the Conti ransomware-wielding gang on Christmas Eve, reported cleanup costs have reached $1.1 million. SEPA is still restoring systems and has refused to pay any ransom.
When a breached organization such as Ubiquiti says it is "not currently aware of evidence" that attackers stole customer data, it too often means: "We don't know, because we failed to have in place the robust logging and monitoring capabilities that might have provided us all with real answers."
CISA and the FBI warn in a new alert that unidentified nation-state actors are scanning for three vulnerabilities in Fortinet's operating system, FortiOS, to potentially target government agencies and companies for cyberespionage.
The latest edition of the ISMG Security Report features an analysis of retailer Fat Face’s awkward "strictly private and confidential" data breach notification. Also featured: Discussions on the ethics of buying leaked data and the rise of central bank digital currencies.
An attacker added a backdoor to the source code for PHP, an open-source, server-side scripting language used by more than 75% of the world's websites. Core PHP project members say the backdoor was quickly removed.
What happens when an e-commerce retailer sends customers a data breach notification email with a subject line that reads "strictly private and confidential"? "Clearly trying to make people stay quiet," responded one unamused Fat Face customer. Others report being none the wiser as to what risks they now face.
Attackers are exploiting a critical remote code vulnerability in F5 Networks' BIG-IP server network traffic security management platform, for which the company released patches on March 10. The vulnerability is considered highly critical.
This edition of the ISMG Security Report features an analysis of the Microsoft Exchange on-premises server hacks – from who might have leaked the vulnerability exploits to how ransomware gangs are taking advantage of the flaws. Also featured: Tackling the cybercrime business model; assessing "zero trust."
As the Biden administration makes final preparations to respond to the attacks against SolarWinds, it's been confronted by a second major cyberthreat: the hacking of Microsoft Exchange servers throughout the U.S. The response to this incident, however, will likely be much different.
It has been an open question as to how a half-dozen hacking groups began exploiting Exchange servers in an automated fashion in the days leading up to Microsoft's patches. But there are strong signs that the exploit code leaked, and the question now is: Who leaked it?
An aviation IT company that says it serves 90% of the world's airlines has been breached in what appears to be a coordinated supply chain attack. Customers of at least four companies - Malaysia Airlines, Singapore Airlines, Finnair Airlines and Air New Zealand - may have been affected by the incident.