It was good to see India's government agencies as well as organizations in various business sectors respond quickly to the WannaCry ransomware outbreak. Hopefully, this is a sign of things to come, because India still has lots of work to do when it comes to cybersecurity.
As computer security analysts begin to unwind the mystery behind the global wave of WannaCry ransomware, a familiar name has surfaced: Lazarus, the nickname for a suspected elite North Korean hacking group.
Weeks before the WannaCry outbreak, other attackers unleashed malware that targeted the same SMB flaw in Windows. But instead of installing ransomware, this campaign instead infected endpoints with Adylkuzz cryptocurrency mining software, security researchers say.
The words of Assistant to the President Thomas Bossert, who boldly pledges to outdo previous administrations on improving federal government cybersecurity, lead the latest edition of the ISMG Security Report. Also, Microsoft's exasperation with the NSA over WannaCry ransomware.
Disney is reportedly being targeted by cyber-extortionist hackers who have threatened to release a stolen, prerelease copy of the movie studio's fifth "Pirates of the Caribbean" film unless they receive a ransom, payable in bitcoins.
As organizations around the globe - including hospitals in the United Kingdom - recover from the WannaCry ransomware campaign, healthcare entities in the United States so far appear to have mostly avoided the crisis. But why?
Researchers say India apparently is one of the top five countries affected by the WannaCry ransomware outbreak, which has infected more than 200,000 endpoints worldwide. Among the victims: Police and banks.
Microsoft's chief legal officer has slammed U.S. spy agencies, warning that civilians are at risk if governments stockpile libraries of software vulnerabilities that eventually fall into the hands of cybercriminals.
Determining the impact in India of the WannaCry worldwide ransomware epidemic is challenging because so few organizations routinely report security incidents, says Shree Parthasarathy of Deloitte India, who hopes the incident will serve as a catalyst for enhanced cybersecurity.
Criminals have long aimed to separate people from their possessions. So for anyone who follows ransomware, the WannaCry outbreak won't come as a shock. Nor will longstanding advice for surviving ransomware shakedowns: Prepare, or prepare to pay.
Drop everything and patch all Windows devices against the SMB flaw or else shut them down, security experts warn in the wake of the global outbreak of WannaCry ransomware infections. And they're predicting new infections will surge.
The massive WannaCry outbreak has led to allegations that some sectors and organizations, such as Britain's National Health Service, were widely infected because of widespread Windows XP use. In fact, unpatched Windows 7 systems may be partly to blame.
Microsoft has issued emergency security updates for some unsupported operating systems to protect against the global WannaCry ransomware outbreak. In addition, a researcher has accidentally disabled new infections from crypto-locking PCs, though he warns the respite will likely be temporary.
A fast-moving ransomware outbreak has compromised Spanish telco Telefonica, multiple National Health Service trusts in Britain and other organizations around the world. The attacks have been using the leaked "Equation Group" SMB exploit to penetrate networks.