Jamil Farshchi has been there. As CISO of Equifax, he knows what it’s like to be a victim of a high-profile cyberattack. And he knows breached companies have a choice: "Are they going to be a force for good by helping the rest of the industry learn from their experience?"
Prolific Ryuk ransomware has a new trick up its sleeve. "A Ryuk sample with worm-like capabilities - allowing it to spread automatically within networks it infects" was recently discovered during an incident response effort, warns CERT-FR, the French government's computer emergency response team.
A cryptomining botnet campaign is using bitcoin blockchain transactions to hide command-and-control server addresses and stay under the radar, defeating takedown attempts, according to security firm Akamai.
A critical authentication bypass vulnerability could enable hackers to remotely compromise programmable logic controllers made by industrial automation giant Rockwell Automation, according to the cybersecurity company Claroty. Rockwell has issued mitigation recommendations.
The U.S. National Security Agency has issued "zero trust" guidance aimed at securing critical networks and sensitive data within key federal agencies. The NSA adds it is also assisting Defense Department customers with the zero trust implementations.
A pair of U.S. House committees held their first public hearings into the SolarWinds attack, with lawmakers and witnesses offering support for expanding federal cybersecurity laws to address the security failures. This includes a larger role for CISA to conduct threat hunting.
Ransomware continues to sting numerous organizations, and the problem only seems to be getting worse. More than ever, the onus is on potential victims to ensure they have essential defenses in place - and if possible, to proactively hunt for attackers who may already be inside their network.
Microsoft has patched a critical vulnerability in Windows that can be exploited by tricking users to visit websites that use a malicious font. The flaw was found by Google's Project Zero bug-hunting team.
Lazarus, the North Korean-backed advanced persistent threat group, has been conducting a campaign striking defense industry targets in more than a dozen countries using a backdoor called ThreatNeedle that moves laterally through networks and can overcome network segmentation, according to researchers at Kaspersky.
Security firm Positive Technologies says more than 6,000 VMware vCenter devices worldwide that are accessible via the internet contain a critical remote code execution vulnerability. VMware has issued recommendations for patching the flaw.
The SolarWinds supply chain attack is another example of the damage that lateral movement by system intruders can cause. Tim Keeler of Remediant describes why detecting lateral movement is so challenging.