Hackers have been targeting the Scottish Parliament in a "brute force cyberattack" aimed at guessing users' email passwords. Security experts say it's unlikely that state-backed attackers would resort to such a blunt assault.
The latest edition of the ISMG Security Report leads with a closer look at a new exploit kit and whether it represents a resurgence in these types of criminal packages. Also featured: a discussion of new vehicle security concerns and communications advice for CISOs.
Locky is back. After falling off the radar last year, the ransomware is once again being distributed via massive spam campaigns - run by the Necurs botnet - in the form of two new variants named Diablo and Lukitus.
Danish shipping giant Maersk faces losses of $200 million to $300 million as a result of the NotPetya global malware outbreak. Others, including FedEx and household goods manufacturer Reckitt Benckiser, are also beginning to estimate NotPetya's financial impact on their business.
The 30-year-old protocol used by motor vehicle sensors to communicate may have to be rewritten following a proof-of-concept "error flooding" attack that can disable airbags, parking sensors and safety systems.
For just $80 per day, would-be cybercrime entrepreneurs can subscribe to Disdain, a new exploit kit that targets now-patched flaws in browsers and plug-ins, including Flash and WebEx. Disdain's debut shows that while exploit kits may have declined, they haven't died out.
How could the private sector benefit from steps federal agencies are taking to improve the cybersecurity of the internet of things and medical devices? In an in-depth interview, two experts at UL who are working closely with the agencies explain the potential impact.
In this latest edition of the ISMG Security Report we learn more about certain Siemens medical devices containing vulnerabilities that could allow hackers to remotely execute arbitrary code. Also: a report on Kaspersky Lab dropping its complaint against Microsoft and part 2 of an election security interview.
FireEye says Russia's Fancy Bear hackers are targeting hotel guests with a sneaky attack that leaves no traces and steals network credentials. It involves no malware and is virtually impossible to stop.
Healthcare organizations can learn important lessons - including the need for granular data access control - from the costly proposed settlement of the breach lawsuit against health insurer Anthem, says Bill Fox, a former federal prosecutor.
Leading the latest edition of the ISMG Security Report: An interview with the head of a new cyber initiative to help political campaigns and local, state and federal election officials safeguard America's electoral process. Also, analyzing the evolving characteristics of the healthcare breach.
Security vendors are known to sprinkle hyperbole among their claims. But the strategy has backfired for DirectDefense, which mistakenly cast endpoint protection vendor Carbon Black as a contributor to the "world's largest pay-for-play data exfiltration botnet."
About half of today's cyberattacks are malware-free and don't involve having to write any files to disk, says Dan Larson of Crowdstrike. These attacks get around conventional defenses, such as firewalls and antivirus programs, so they require new defenses, he says.
Data breach truism: So many organizations get breached, and remain breached, but don't find out until months or even years later, says Paul White of the cybersecurity firm Cyber adAPT. He offers insights on speeding reaction time by watching for clues.