Researchers have discovered an underground offering with the codename "Prolific Puma," which since 2020 has been the "largest and most dynamic" cybercrime link-shortening service on the market. Attackers use it to better target victims with phishing campaigns, scams and malware.
A recent attack by a Russian ransomware-as-a-service group that stole the personal information of 2.5 million patients of McLaren Health Care has triggered at least three proposed federal class action lawsuits in recent days, claiming the healthcare company failed to protect patient privacy.
Hotel and casino giant MGM Resorts says the recent hack attack against it cost $110 million in lost revenue and mitigation expenses. The publicly traded company expects to recoup losses and costs to date via cyber insurance. MGM Resorts says that its investigation remains ongoing.
What do "bank transfer request.lnk" and "URGENT-Invoice-27-August.docx.lnk" have in common? Both are the names of malicious files being sent as part of a phishing campaign attributed to the Qakbot botnet group that has continued despite law enforcement disrupting Qakbot's operations in late August.
A financially motivated criminal syndicate that mainly operates in Telegram and underground forums has expanded its criminal arsenal to deploy ransomware and other intrusion capabilities on various cloud applications, warn Mandiant researchers.
Casino and hotel giant Caesars Entertainment is warning customers that their personal details were stolen in a recent hack attack. After successfully shaking down Caesars for a ransom, the same attackers are continuing to extort MGM Resorts, claiming to have crypto-locked its EXSi hypervisors.
Hotel and casino giant Caesars Entertainment paid approximately half of an initial $30 million ransom demand to attackers who infected its systems with ransomware, according to news reports. The attackers appear to be with the same group that hit MGM Resorts.
Booking and reservation systems, as well as slot machines, hotel room door locks, ATMs and more remain offline at multiple MGM Resorts properties as the publicly traded casino hotel giant battles "a cybersecurity issue" that one group of security researchers has tied to a ransomware group attack.
Has the cry of the Qakbot come to an end? While the pernicious, multifunction malware fell quiet last week thanks to Operation "Duck Hunt," lucrative cybercrime operations have a history of rebooting themselves. Rivals also offer ready alternatives to ransomware groups and other criminal users.
A new healthcare-focused research agency is seeking proposals for innovative cybersecurity technologies that can apply a national security approach to protecting this highly targeted civilian industry. Today's off-the-shelf software is falling short, the agency said.
Conventional wisdom recommends to never negotiate with ransomware actors. They can't be trusted. But Mark Lance at GuidePoint Security recently made the case that organizations can gather important information through negotiations, slow down the process and even lower the ransom demand.
Researchers say a proxy service is routing internet traffic through unsuspecting users' systems that it turns into residential exit nodes, luring them into downloading the proxy application through offers of cracked software and games. Antivirus engines don't detect the application.
The LockBit ransomware-as-a-service group may have become a victim of its own success, having grown "too fast and too quick," to the point where its infrastructure and ability to handle affiliates' requests is lagging, leading many to desert the operation, says ransomware researcher Jon DiMaggio.
An international law enforcement operation took down a phishing-as-a-service website that security researchers say was responsible for more than 150,000 phishing domains. The site, 16shop, sold phishing kits that targeted more than 70,000 people in 43 countries.
A little-known cloud infrastructure provider called Cloudzy has been facilitating nation-state hackers, commercial spyware operations and ransomware affiliates' attacks by failing to keep a close eye on what its customers are doing, researchers at cybersecurity firm Halcyon warn.