CISA is investigating whether five U.S. government agencies may have been breached when attackers exploited vulnerabilities in Pulse Connect Secure VPN products, according to a senior official. Security researchers believe that at least two nation-state groups have been attempting to exploit these flaws.
The Internal Revenue Service is sharpening its expertise in cryptocurrencies to help prevent their use for tax evasion and money laundering, says Jarod Koopman, a director at the agency. The IRS is partnering with companies that have developed techniques and technologies for tracing blockchain transactions.
Four editors at Information Security Media Group discuss timely issues, including how the zero-day attacks against Accellion File Transfer Appliance users have rewritten the rules of the cyber extortion game and former federal CISO Gregory Touhill taking on an important new role.
The Babuk ransomware gang says it will no longer launch attacks but instead will make its malware source code available for other attackers to use. The gang took credit for recent attacks against the Washington, D.C. Metropolitan Police Department and the Houston Rockets basketball team.
Some security experts are questioning whether Experian is doing enough to ensure security after a researcher discovered that an API the credit reporting firm uses to allow lenders to check the credit score of prospective borrowers could expose customer's scores.
A coalition of government agencies and security firms has released a framework for how to disrupt ransomware attacks that calls for expanded regulation of the global cryptocurrency market to better track the virtual coins paid to cybercriminals during extortion schemes.
A bipartisan group of lawmakers has introduced a legislative proposal that would create a program, similar to the National Guard, to deploy those with tech and security skills during significant cyberthreats, such as the recent SolarWinds and Microsoft Exchange attacks.
Phishing, online fraud, cryptocurrency scams – they are coming at lightning speed, threatening enterprises and their brands. And just as fraudsters rely on automation to deliver these attacks, defenders can use automated tools to protect their brands. Jeff Baher of Bolster tells how.
Ransomware continues to prove a reliable moneymaker for criminals, with the average cyber extortion payoff rising to $220,298, reports ransomware incident response firm Coveware. Zero-day attacks and shakedowns targeting Accellion File Transfer Appliance users helped boost criminals' profits.
Dan Kaminsky, a renowned security researcher, died last week at age 42. He gained cybersecurity fame in 2008 after discovering and helping to coordinate a patch for a massive security flaw in the internet's Domain Name System.
The FBI and CISA are warning of continued cyberthreats stemming from Russia's Foreign Intelligence Service, or SVR, which the Biden administration formally accused of carrying out the SolarWinds supply chain attack. A joint alert describes how Russian attackers are targeting vulnerable networks.
An "update" pushed out earlier this year by law enforcement agencies, including Europol, on Sunday began erasing Emotet malware from infected devices worldwide, Malwarebytes reports. The move comes after the FBI recently remotely removed web shells from vulnerable on-premises Microsoft Exchange servers.