The latest edition of ISMG Security Report leads with a conversation with DataBreachToday Executive Editor Mathew J. Schwartz on how the NotPetya malware spread from its Ukraine origins. Also, why tech users can't secure their systems.
In the wake of the reported FBI probe into Moscow-based Kaspersky Lab, here's a question: Could a government compel a domestic cybersecurity firm to ignore state-sponsored malware, or even add backdoors to its software or hardware products, without getting caught?
Police in Ukraine have seized servers operated by the Intellect Service, which develops the M.E. Doc accounting software used by 80 percent of Ukrainian businesses. Attackers backdoored the software to launch XData, NotPetya and fake WannaCry - aka FakeCry - malware campaigns.
The NotPetya outbreak - and XData ransomware before it - have been traced by security researchers at ESET to backdoored M.E. Doc accountancy software. The installed software contains a unique tax identification code for each user's organization, potentially aiding attackers.
Firms in Ukraine and beyond are still struggling to bring all systems back online following last week's devastating "NotPetya" malware outbreak. Authorities in Ukraine have blamed Russia, and said criminal charges could be filed against a Ukrainian software vendor caught up in the attack.
Ransomware attacks are increasingly using multiple proven techniques to spread quickly and achieve the maximum impact before being thwarted. They are going to get bigger and target other platforms in the future, warns Justin Peters at Sophos APAC.
NotPetya was not as bad as WannaCry, despite NotPetya being even more sophisticated, and targeting the same EternalBlue flaw that had allowed WannaCry to spread far and fast. Microsoft says NotPetya's builders limited its attack capabilities by design.
With the exception of one large theft incident involving an insider, hacker attacks - including some involving ransomware - continue to be the leading culprits in the biggest health data breaches reported so far this year. What's next?
Like in the recent WannaCry attacks, the U.S. healthcare sector has so far mostly avoided becoming a victim of NotPetya, the malware menacing many organizations across the globe. Who had been affected so far?
As the WannaCry outbreak demonstrated, many organizations run outdated operating systems. Too often when systems - and especially embedded devices - still function, there isn't a convincing business case for upgrading. ESET's Mark James asks: Whose fault is that?
As nation-state directed cybercrime increases, the FBI is bringing counter-intelligence expertise to bear in its investigations. Todd Carroll of the FBI's Chicago field office talks about attack trends and the new skills and collaboration needed to stop attackers.
When malware comes gunning for your national health service, you're going to take it personally. And that's just one reason why the WannaCry outbreak in particular boosted cybersecurity awareness in the U.K. and around the world, says Barracuda's Hatem Naguib.
As the count of NotPetya victims grows, Ukraine warns that it's also being targeted with a new WannaCry lookalike that hit state power distributor Ukrenergo. Security researchers say that marks the fourth recent campaign targeting Ukraine that's based on lookalike ransomware.