In this update, four editors discuss key cybersecurity issues, including addressing the complexity of security, the rising number of victims targeted by double extortion ransomware and the Information Commissioner's Office's recent consultation on creating an international data transfer agreement.
The breach of text message routing giant Syniverse revealed yet another supply chain attack involving a key supplier, exacerbated by outdated communications protocols desperately in need of a security revamp and better incentives for improvement, says mobile telephony security expert Karsten Nohl.
The White House National Security Council this week kicked off its international counter-ransomware event with participation from more than 30 nations. This gathering aims to elevate both law enforcement collaboration and diplomatic efforts. Noticeably absent from the summit: Russia.
Microsoft, in its annual threat review report, Digital Defense, says 58% of cyberattacks worldwide over the past year originated in Russia. And 92% of the Russia-based threat activity came from the nation-state threat group Nobelium.
The number of breach reports filed by U.S. organizations looks set to break records, as breaches tied to phishing, ransomware and supply chain attacks keep surging, the Identity Theft Resource Center warns. It says that there's also been a rise in tardy breach notifications containing little detail.
The latest edition of the ISMG Security Report features an analysis of the arrest of two suspects tied to a major ransomware group in Ukraine. Also featured: Introducing "The Ransomware Files" and defining the next-gen CISO.
Who had heard of Syniverse before it recently disclosed a five-year breach, potentially exposing call-routing data and text messages for hundreds of mobile phone networks? The incident is just the latest supply chain attack to hit a lesser-known but nevertheless critical service provider.
Telecommunications service provider Syniverse, which routes 1 trillion messages annually for many of the world's mobile phone carriers, has disclosed a five-year breach of its systems, which handle call metadata and text messages. Experts say the exposed data poses serious criminal and espionage risks.
Of all the areas under his direction - business continuity, GRC, data governance - third-party risk is the most challenging, says Peter Gregory, senior director of cyber GRC at GCI General Communications Inc. "Their breach is my breach," he says, offering mitigation advice.
The Russia-linked cyberespionage group Nobelium, which was responsible for the SolarWinds supply chain attack, has developed and deployed a new malware, dubbed FoggyWeb, according to a Microsoft Threat Intelligence Center security blog. Microsoft says FoggyWeb creates a backdoor to exfiltrate data.
The world is experiencing a cybercrime pandemic, which is a direct consequence of COVID-19, according to Amit Basu, CISO and CIO at International Seaways. He offers proactive prevention measures, based on his own experience, for how organizations can stay safe and secure.
The U.S. Department of Commerce is soliciting input on a Trump administration cybersecurity executive order that requires cloud providers to verify the identities of certain users - particularly cyber actors potentially operating abroad and leveraging U.S. cloud technologies.
Four editors at Information Security Media Group discuss important cybersecurity issues, including the rise of quadruple extortion attacks employed by ransomware gangs, the FBI reportedly withholding the Kaseya ransomware decryption key for weeks, and raising security posture during a pandemic.
U.S. FBI and Department of Homeland Security leaders fielded several cybersecurity questions from House lawmakers Wednesday, particularly around the surge in ransomware attacks, diplomatic efforts to curb ransomware's financial model, and the nation-states that harbor cybercriminals.
A Russian-linked group known as Turla has been deploying a secondary backdoor against numerous targets to maintain persistence within compromised devices even after the primary malware has been discovered and removed, Cisco Talos report. Victims include U.S., German and Afghan organizations.