In case anyone doubts that Russia is the epicenter of ransomware operations, follow the money, as Chainalysis finds that "roughly 74% of ransomware revenue in 2021 - over $400 million worth of cryptocurrency - went to strains we can say are highly likely to be affiliated with Russia in some way."
Nellie Liang, under secretary for domestic finance at the U.S. Department of the Treasury, was the only witness at a virtual hearing on the President's Working Group report on stablecoins - virtual currencies pegged to fiat currency. Lawmakers weighed in on the benefits and dangers of stablecoins.
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.
Meter, a blockchain infrastructure company that provides multi-chain bridging and allows users to trade multiple cryptocurrencies across Ethereum and other public chains, has been exploited for around $4.4 million, the company acknowledged via Twitter. The hack also affected the Moonriver network.
Some of the biggest cybercrime-focused darknet markets selling stolen payment card data, passwords, malware and more have retired in the past year, with administrators oftentimes boasting it's because they've gotten rich. As they exit, other players remain ready to grab their market share, experts say.
India’s Union Budget 2022 resolves some of the uncertainty around the legitimacy of crypto assets. While crypto assets will not be considered as currency, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman announced that the Reserve Bank of India will be launching a blockchain-based digital rupee this year.
A variety of underground markets exist to help malware-wielding criminals monetize their attacks, including via log marketplaces such as Genesis, Russian Market and 2easy, which offer for sale batches of data that can be used to emulate a victim, whether it's a consumer, an enterprise IT administrator or anyone in...
The Wormhole network, a token bridge that allows users to trade multiple cryptocurrencies without a centralized exchange, has been exploited for 120,000 wETH tokens ($321 million). The company says it has issued a fix for the flaw and is working to "get the network back up as soon as possible."
Democratic lawmakers outlined several provisions of the proposed America COMPETES Act, a measure to counter anti-competitive actions taken by China. Crypto advocates were quick to criticize one measure they say could have caused privacy and due process concerns. The language has now been amended.
The decentralized money market platform Qubit Finance, which runs on the Binance Smart Chain, has been hacked for more than $80 million, it confirmed via tweet on Friday. Blockchain security experts say it's the largest DeFi hack of 2022.
Lawmakers on the House Committee on Financial Services this week announced nine provisions of its America COMPETES Act of 2022 - one of which has been criticized by cryptocurrency proponents for potential privacy and due process concerns.
The Federal Reserve has published its long-awaited discussion paper on a central bank digital currency. In it, the Fed points to the innovative qualities of digital currencies, but stresses potential risks to the nation's financial system, including heightened cyberthreats and privacy concerns.
Singaporean cryptocurrency exchange Crypto.com confirms that its platform fell victim to a multimillion-dollar cyberattack. In a postmortem entry on its site, Crypto.com says unauthorized withdrawals targeted Ethereum and Bitcoin of 483 users. Associated losses were near $34 million.
The latest edition of the ISMG Security Report features an analysis of whether the cyberattacks that hit Ukraine's government agencies last week are attributable to any group or nation-state along with updates to the cybersecurity executive order and illicit cryptocurrency trends.
With 16% of U.S. citizens using a cryptocurrency trading platform, OCC acting Chief Michael Hsu urges collaborative efforts to pass cryptocurrency regulations, which he says could lead to greater innovation in the space.