With ransomware attacks surging, all organizations should ensure they have an enterprise backup and disaster recovery plan in place, and eliminate all unnecessary, outdated or disused applications and services running on endpoints and servers, says ESET's Mark James.
After Kansas Heart Hospital suffered a ransomware infection and paid the demanded ransom, its attackers demanded more. At that point, the hospital reportedly declined to comply, relying instead on its pre-prepared backup and recovery plan.
In a shocking twist, the developers behind the TelsaCrypt ransomware have apologized for their ransom campaign and released a master decryption key, which all victims can now use to unlock the malware.
Organizations chosen for remote "desk audits" of their HIPAA compliance, which will begin this summer, need to be prepared to quickly provide supporting documentation, Deven McGraw, deputy director of health information privacy at the HHS Office for Civil Rights, explains this in-depth audio interview.
The section chief of the FBI's Cyber Division says "the FBI does not condone payment of ransom," in part because it enables criminals to victimize others. Instead, the bureau continues to urge all potential victims to get their IT house in order.
Prosecutors have expanded a complex case, involving an alleged pump-and-dump stock scheme, hacking into U.S. banks and operating an unlicensed bitcoin exchange, to include money-laundering charges related to processing bitcoin ransoms paid by ransomware victims.
What could be worse than a ransomware infection? How about getting infected by "torture ransomware" that uses a sadistic puppet to taunt you, slowly deleting your encrypted files while increasing the ransom demand until you pay?
Attackers have been exploiting JBoss application servers to install remote-control web shells as part of a campaign that targets enterprises with network-hopping SamSam (a.k.a. Samas) ransomware, researchers at Cisco Talos warn.
A new report suggests that a Chinese cyber espionage APT attack group is behind a string of targeted ransomware infections that have slammed U.S. firms. Dig into the details, however, and the report is nothing but speculation, two security experts caution.
The FBI calls ransomware "a prevalent, increasing threat." One recent campaign earned at least $325 million in global profits, while U.S. victims tell the FBI they paid $24 million in ransoms in 2015. And attackers are plowing profits back into improving their malicious code.
A Hollywood hospital acknowledges paying ransom to unlock data seized by attackers. But while experts generally caution against paying extortionists, some organizations do indeed fold under the pressure to get their critical data back quickly.
Tracing bitcoin transactions, some security experts suspect multiple gangs have each amassed more than $1 billion, making them the equivalent of "unicorns" - a term venture capitalists apply to extremely successful startup firms. In case there was any doubt, cybercrime really does pay.