In some respects, government agencies enter the cybersecurity arena with one hand
already tied behind their backs. It's accepted: They are under great public scrutiny in terms
of their financial spending. They are challenged to recruit and retain qualified staff. And yet
they are still a favored target of...
Security experts are urging organizations to patch a newly revealed serious flaw in Microsoft SharePoint as quickly as possible because proof-of-concept exploit code is already available. The U.K.'s National Cyber Security Center warns that hackers frequently target fresh SharePoint flaws.
Ransomware attacks remain the top cyber-enabled threat seen by law enforcement. But phishing, business email compromises and other types of fraud - many now using a COVID-19 theme - also loom large, Europol warns in its latest Internet Organized Crime Threat Assessment.
U.S. federal agencies operate some of the world's largest and most complex digital networks, but many of them rely on older, legacy technology for critical operations. Add to this the fact that the federal government is highly targeted by nationstate adversaries and traditional criminals alike, and the need for...
Russian criminals operating online who want to stay out of jail need only to follow a few simple rules, the primary one being: Never target Russians. So it's surprising that security researchers have uncovered a new ransomware-wielding gang of Russian speakers that includes Russian victims on its hit list.
Ransomware continues to pose a "significant" threat, and email remains one of the top attack vectors being used by both criminals and nation-states, Australia's Cyber Security Center warns in its latest "Cyber Threat Report," which urges organizations to improve their defenses.
The need for enhanced business agility and secure remote access to support digital transformation has led to the adoption of the security access service edge, or SASE, model, says Rajpreet Kaur, senior principal analyst at Gartner.
Ransomware is here to stay throughout the UK's public sector and academic institutes - just as much as in the private sector. We have to admit that it's no longer a question of 'if' but rather 'when' and 'to what' extent your organization will be affected. Rather than hope it won't get you, let's explore all the...
In terms of election cybersecurity, is the U.S. better off in 2020 than it was in 2016? Christopher Krebs, Director of the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, answers this question and more in an exclusive keynote that tackles:
The state of election security
Myths and realities about foreign...
Britain's U-turn on Huawei, announcing that it will now ban the manufacturer's gear from its 5G networks, highlights this as yet unresolved problem: Years of underinvestment and policy failures have left Britain and its allies with no inexpensive, trusted alternative.
The attack sounds ripped from an episode of TV show "24": Hackers have infiltrated a government network, and they're days away from unleashing ransomware. Unfortunately for Florence, a city in Alabama, no one saved the day, and officials are sending $300,000 in bitcoins to attackers for a decryption key.
Europe is targeting financial and economic crime, including fraud and money laundering, via the new European Financial and Economic Crime Center, hosted by the EU's law enforcement intelligence agency Europol. Officials say the launch of such a center during the COVID-19 pandemic is no accident.
Surveillance researchers at Citizen Lab have tied thousands of "Dark Basin" corporate espionage phishing attacks to a small Indian cybersecurity firm called BellTroX InfoTech Services. It's led by Sumit Gupta, who was indicted by the U.S. in 2015 for criminal hacking on behalf of private investigators.
The average ransom paid by victims to ransomware attackers reached $111,605 in the first quarter of this year, up 33% from the previous quarter, reports ransomware incident response firm Coveware, which sees the Sodinokibi, Ryuk and Phobos malware families continuing to dominate.
Many governments are pursuing contact-tracing apps to combat COVID-19, but such projects risk subjecting populations to invasive, long-term surveillance - as well as insufficient adoption - unless they take an open, transparent and as decentralized approach, says cybersecurity expert Alan Woodward.