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.
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.
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.
While the federal health data breach tally shows that hacker incidents continue to rise in 2017, regulators are offering up some insights from their investigations into a handful of ransomware-related breaches reported in 2016.
In his world travels, Steve Durbin of the Information Security Forum sees the global cybersecurity industry coming of age. But he also sees the steady maturation of cybercriminals and their schemes. How can organizations best counter the changing threat landscape?
As an assistant U.S. attorney in northern Georgia, Nathan Kitchens has seen scores of cybercrime cases - especially ransomware attacks and business email compromises. And he has two words of advice to potential victims: Be prepared.
Organizations have more endpoints today than ever, and securing those endpoints is challenging, because it's rare that any one organization is responsible for all the endpoints that touch its network and servers, says Mike Spanbauer, vice president of research and strategy at NSS Labs.