As ransomware attacks continue to plague organizations in healthcare and other sectors, Maryland is considering legislation specifically identifying ransomware attacks as a crime punishable with prison sentences. California and Wyoming are among the states that have enacted somewhat similar legislation.
Russian police have arrested more suspected members of a cybercrime gang that used "Lurk" malware to steal nearly $30 million from Russian banks. Separately, a lead cybersecurity investigator's arrest on treason charges appears to be chilling cross-border cooperation.
Exploit kits are out and phishing emails are in for attackers who are attempting to infect victims with ransomware, according to new research. Unfortunately, the volume of phishing - and thus ransomware - attacks continues to grow.
The KillDisk disk-wiping malware, previously tied to espionage operations, has been updated with crypto-locking capabilities and now targets Linux as well as Windows systems. But security experts warn that attackers using the Linux variant have no way to furnish a decryption key.
For the second year in a row, the vast majority of health data breach victims were affected by hacker attacks in 2016, and the trend shows no signs of abating. Experts offer forecasts for breach trends in the year ahead.
The County of Los Angeles is notifying 756,000 individuals of a breach stemming from a phishing scheme that tricked more than 100 county employees. Bank account and payment card information, Social Security numbers and health-related information was potentially exposed.
Ransomware attacks, which initially targeted Windows computers and then spread to Android mobile devices, are now targeting Linux servers as well, says Bob Lynch of Bitdefender, who describes a risk mitigation strategy in this video interview.
Federal regulators have issued an alert urging healthcare sector organizations to take specific steps to prevent falling victim to distributed denial-of-service attacks. Security experts offer an assessment, plus additional tips.
MSN and Yahoo are among the major websites hit by a wave of malicious advertisements that try to deliver malware to computers. It's a resurgence of activity by a group called AdGholas, which was active in July.
Hacker incidents continue to dominate major breaches reported to the Department of Health and Human Services. Among the latest incidents added to the HHS tally: an attack at an Atlanta clinic affecting more than 530,000 individuals. What can be done to address the risks?
Facebook says it hasn't seen ransomware spreading through its Messenger instant messaging platform despite recent reports from researchers saying that the file-encrypting Locky may have slipped through.