The start of classroom and online instruction at Hartford Public Schools in Connecticut was canceled Tuesday as a result of a ransomware attack - the latest in a series of online attacks, including distributed denial-of-service disruptions, that have interrupted some schools' return to teaching this fall.
With apologies to Jay-Z, getting hit with ransomware might make victims feel like they have 99 problems, even if a decryptor ain't one. That's because ransomware-wielding gangs continue to find innovative new ways to extort cryptocurrency from crypto-locking malware victims.
Ransomware continues to pose a "significant" threat, and email remains one of the top attack vectors being used by both criminals and nation-states, Australia's Cyber Security Center warns in its latest "Cyber Threat Report," which urges organizations to improve their defenses.
The number of cybersecurity incidents reported to the U.K.'s data privacy watchdog has continued to decline, recently plummeting by nearly 40%. But is the quantity of data breaches going down, or might organizations be failing to spot them or potentially even covering them up?
Two recent hacking incidents that each affected more than 100,000 individuals illustrate the variety of cyberthreats healthcare organizations face during these chaotic times. Security experts offer risk mitigation insights.
Tesla CEO Elon Musk says a "serious attack" aimed at stealing corporate data and holding his company to ransom has been thwarted. The FBI has accused a Russian national of attempting to recruit an insider to install malware to steal data, which criminals hoped to ransom for $4 million.
Cybersecurity professionals expect a spike in ransomware attacks against school districts and universities this fall as new hybrid learning environments go online and unpatched equipment that has spent months in the homes of students and faculty is reconnected to school networks.
Increasingly, cyber attacks are taking advantage of privileged accounts, and traditional PAM controls are not enough to defend against them. Tim Keeler of Remediant discusses the role of Zero Standing Privilege and just-in-time privileged account defense.
Ransomware gangs are increasingly not just claiming that they'll leak data if victims don't pay, but following through. On average, about a quarter of all successful ransomware attacks feature a gang claiming to have first stolen data. But in recent months, the number of gangs actually doing so has surged.
Ransomware-wielding gangs continue to rack up new victims and post record proceeds. That's driving new players of all sizes and experience to try their hand at the crypto-locking malware and data-exfiltration racket.
A federal court's dismissal of a lawsuit filed against medical transcription company Nuance Communications in the wake of a 2017 NotPetya ransomware attack illustrates how contract terms can affect legal outcomes.
The COVID-19 pandemic is forcing big businesses to rethink their security plans. For example, the National Football League is experimenting with "zero trust" architectures, while Jet Blue is focusing on more frequent risk assessments.
Carnival Corp., the world's largest cruise ship company, is investigating a ransomware attack that likely compromised customer and employee data, according its filing with the SEC. It's the company's second security incident this year.