In the latest weekly update, four ISMG editors discuss why it pays off to have well-practiced incident response plans, whether Chat GPT is a blessing or a curse for penetration testers and bug bounty hunters, and how Microsoft has reason to be cheerful as security sales hit $20 billion.
As ransomware continues to pummel numerous sectors, and lately especially the manufacturing industry, how does any given organization end up becoming a target or victim? Cybercrime watchers say the answer involves initial access brokers, botnets, targets of opportunity and, above all, profit.
Two hacking breaches - one at a non-profit provider of foster care, mental health and substance treatment services, and the other at a provider of behavioral health services - have affected sensitive information of nearly 400,000 individuals.
The FBI penetrated the network of the Hive ransomware group, which has a history of attacking hospitals. A multinational operation seized the ransomware-as-a-service group's leak site and two servers located in Los Angeles. U.S. law enforcement said an investigation is ongoing.
CommonSpirit was negligent in failing to protect sensitive health data, resulting in a compromise affecting at least 623,000 patients and perhaps many more, allege plaintiffs in two proposed class action lawsuits filed against the Chicago-based hospital chain after a 2022 ransomware attack.
An electronic health records vendor and a pharmacy management services firm are purportedly among the latest healthcare sector victims of ransomware-as-a-service group BlackCat, also known as Alphv. NextGen Healthcare and PharmaCare Services appeared on BlackCat's leak site late last week.
Spanish authorities arrested three senior executives of the now-defunct cryptocurrency exchange platform Bitzlato, Europol announced. The crime coordination agency says about 46% of the assets exchanged through Bitzlato, worth roughly 1 billion euros, were linked to criminal activities.
Australia started operating an international ransomware task force to facilitate information sharing and best practices worldwide. “Recent cyber incidents in Australia and around the globe are a stark reminder of the insidious nature of ransomware," said Minister for Home Affairs Clare O'Neil.
Bad news for ransomware groups: Experts find it's getting tougher to earn a crypto-locking payday at the expense of others. The bad guys can blame a move by law enforcement to better support victims, and more organizations having robust defenses in place, which makes them tougher to take down.
In the latest weekly update, ISMG editors discuss why being a CISO is like being the first family doctor in a small village, why you can't trust ransomware gangs such as LockBit, and why cloud security vendor Netskope took on $401 million in debt from Morgan Stanley to fuel its SASE offering.
The United Kingdom's Royal Mail says it can again deliver simple letters to international destinations as it enters a second week of grappling with the fallout of a ransomware attack. It is testing operational workarounds to reduce its backlog of packages to be delivered.
The total amount of ransom payments being sent by victims to ransomware groups appears to have taken a big dip, declining by 40% from $766 million in 2021 to $457 million in 2022 due to victims simply being unwilling to pay, blockchain intelligence firm Chainalysis reports.
The former head of the U.K.'s National Cyber Security Centre warns that destructive ransomware targeting large enterprises is likely to surge in 2023, adding that recent attacks on Royal Mail and The Guardian newspaper are examples of these early-stage attacks.
An international sting operation on Tuesday shut down the operations of cryptocurrency exchange Bitzlato Ltd. as FBI agents hauled co-founder Anatoly Legkodymov into a Miami jail to face U.S. federal charges of conducting an unlicensed money-transmitting business.
Ransomware syndicates continue to earn massive profits for criminals while disrupting victims' operations worldwide. Security researchers tracking known victims say their numbers remain unchanged from 2021 to 2022, as attackers tap abundant cybercrime services to help amass fresh victims.