The Trump administration has moved to restrict the U.S. government's ability to use products built by Moscow-based anti-virus firm Kaspersky Lab, which claims it's been caught up in a "political game" being played out between Washington and Moscow.
The latest edition of the ISMG Security Report leads off with a multi-part report explaining why President Donald Trump sought to create a joint U.S.-Russian cybersecurity unit and then backed off. Also, ransomware's impact on emergency services providers.
Good news for some ransomware victims: The master key used to encrypt the original versions of Petya ransomware has been released. But the key cannot be used to decrypt the "NotPetya" malware that recently began crypto-locking PCs.
Recent ransomware attacks against a healthcare provider in Texas and police and fire departments in Tennessee spotlight the importance of keeping an eye out for multiple attacks happening simultaneously and having disaster recovery plans in place - especially for emergency services.
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?