U.K. businesses shy from involving police in cyber incident response for fear of regulatory consequences, lawmakers sitting on Parliament's Joint Committee on National Security Strategy heard. Allowing businesses to anonymously disclose incidents would result in more data, suggested a witness.
The United Kingdom is the newest front in the long-fought conflict over end-to-end encryption, as a slew of civil society groups urge the prime minister not to back legislation empowering regulators to force online intermediaries into providing decrypted messages.
Microsoft says vulnerabilities in outdated web servers are likely responsible for a cyberattack last month against Indian energy giant Tata Power. Attackers targeted Boa servers, which were discontinued in 2005, to potentially compromise Tata and other critical infrastructure organizations around the world.
The nefarious LockBit 3.0 cybercriminal group is claiming responsibility for the ransomware attack that halted municipal services and shut down employee email accounts in Westmount, Quebec, giving the city a deadline of Dec. 4 to make an undisclosed ransom payment.
An Australian nonprofit children's charity warned about 80,000 donors of the compromise of their credit card and personal information resulting from a recent hacking incident. The Smith Family says the hacker failed to steal any charity funds but did manage to access donor data.
Police in Ontario arrested a dual Canadian-Russian national for his involvement with the LockBit ransomware-as-a-service gang. The United States is asking for the extradition of Mikhail Vasiliev, 33, to face a criminal charge in a New Jersey federal court of conspiracy to commit computer intrusion.
Who is attempting to extort Australian health insurer Medibank? Why did Medibank tell its attackers it wouldn't pay a ransom? Will this deter future cyber extortionists? Here are a few thoughts on the high cybercrime drama playing out.
The British data watchdog says the U.K. Department for Education shouldn't have allowed a private company to use student records to check whether new users of gambling apps were underage. A departmental spokesperson said it will ensure such misuse of the database doesn't reoccur.
Embattled Australian private health insurer Medibank says it won't pay hackers' extortion demand, saying it can't trust cybercriminals to delete personal data. A ransomware gang claiming affiliation with REvil is threatening to publish the data, which Medibank says affects 9.7 million individuals.
The latest edition of the ISMG Security Report discusses how Australian health insurer Medibank is deliberating on whether to pay a ransom to extortionists, analyzes the growing number of layoffs in the security vendor space, and shares a tribute to threat intelligence researcher Vitali Kremez.
Ransomware attacks pose the biggest cybersecurity threat to U.K. organizations, particularly hospitals and schools, the country’s National Cyber Security Centre warns. So far in 2022, 18 ransomware attacks have required nation-level coordinated efforts to mitigate the threats, it adds.
Fallout from the hack of Australian health insurer Medibank continues to worsen as the company twice this week acknowledged a wider set of affected individuals. Hackers had access to the personal data of 4 million individuals and significant amounts of health claims data.
One of Australia's largest private testing laboratories announced a data breach affecting 223,000 Australians. Ransomware-as-a-service group Quantum took credit for the incident, posting an 86-gigabyte file in June. "There is no evidence of misuse of any of the information," says Medlab Pathology.
Artificial intelligence-driven technology purporting to recognize human emotional states "may not work yet, or indeed ever," said U.K. Deputy Information Commissioner Stephen Bonner. The office predicts greater commercial use of behavioral analysis in products over the next two to three years.
The U.K. Information Commissioner levied a nearly $5 million fine against Interserve Group Limited for its lack of security protections in the run-up to a 2020 ransomware attack. The firm kept employee data on servers running obsolete versions of Windows and used outdated antivirus software.