More evidence that running cybercrime schemes remains inexpensive and accessible to anyone with criminal intent: To send spam emails, admitted botnet herder Peter Levashov quoted customers $500 for 1 million emails. And that was just his 2016 pricing.
Russian national Peter Levashov, who was arrested in Spain last year and extradited to the U.S., has admitted to a two-decade crime spree that included running multiple botnets that harvested online credentials while also pumping out spam, banking Trojans and ransomware.
U.S. prosecutors have accused a 34-year-old North Korean man of involvement in some of the most destructive and profitable cyberattacks ever seen, including the WannaCry ransomware outbreak, the Sony Pictures Entertainment breach and the theft of $81 million from Bangladesh Bank.
Organizations should be on guard for attacks involving an apparent variant of Hermes ransomware - dubbed Ryuk - that attempts to encrypt network resources. It has already victimized several global organizations in the U.S. and elsewhere, according to a federal alert, which offers mitigation advice.
Increasingly, threat hunting is a practice that enterprises want to understand and implement. But it is not always feasible to do so in-house, given the demand for resources and skills. That's where managed threat hunting enters, says CrowdStrike's Jennifer Ayers.
Most enterprises are at least discussing security analytics. But how are they actually deploying these tools? And with what levels of automation and orchestration? Drew Gidwani of ThreatConnect shares insight on how to maximize analytics.
Ransomware creators, having already created "themes" for their crypto-locking malware ranging from Pokemon and horror movies to princesses and Donald Trump, have now debuted "Barack Obama" ransomware. In a sign of the times, the ransomware doubles as a monero cryptocurrency miner.
The March SamSam ransomware attack in Atlanta is reported to have cost the city $17 million to resolve. The attackers had asked for a $51,000 bitcoin ransom, which the city refused to pay. But Gartner Research analyst Avivah Litan stresses that paying ransoms has more cons than pros.
Leading the latest edition of the ISMG Security Report: An analysis of why it may be too late to secure the 2018 U.S. midterm elections. Also: A close look at the Anthem breach lawsuit settlement and a report on ransomware recovery lessons learned.