A Hollywood hospital acknowledges paying ransom to unlock data seized by attackers. But while experts generally caution against paying extortionists, some organizations do indeed fold under the pressure to get their critical data back quickly.
Multiple hospitals from Hollywood to Germany have been hit recently by ransomware attacks. It's a reminder that no organization is immune to outbreaks of malware that's designed to forcibly encrypt all data stored on PCs and servers.
Federal regulators have issued new guidance to clarify scenarios where HIPAA privacy and security regulation might apply, including for mobile health applications and electronic data exchange. Why are some organizations still so confused?
Over a three-month period in 2015, a single cybercrime gang managed to earn at least $330,000 in bitcoins thanks to an estimated 670 victims paying attackers to decrypt ransomware-infected systems. Should police be doing more to stop these attacks?
Israel has reportedly foiled a "severe cyberattack" launched against the Israeli Electricity Authority. The malware attack doesn't appear to have resulted in any disruption to the country's power grid, but many government systems remain offline.
European police have arrested a "main target" as part of a previously undisclosed law enforcement effort, dubbed Operation Pleiades, against the distributed denial-of-service attack gang called DD4BC, or "DDoS for Bitcoin."
Malaysia expects to witness increased incidents of commercial fraud, ransomware and online scams in 2016. Cybersecurity head Amiruddin Abdul Wahab drives the agenda for securing cyberspace and discusses measures to tackle threats.
The latest strain of Android malware called SlemBunk tries to trick mobile banking application users into sharing their banking, social network and other credentials, as security experts see the number of mobile malware attacks continuing to increase.
The FBI has arrested three men on charges that they participated in a hacking and identity theft scheme designed to fuel spam campaigns, including the insider-enabled theft of account details for 24.5 million Comcast customers.
Two new malware reports - one from security researchers at technology giant Cisco, another from cybersecurity firm FireEye - demonstrate how developers continue to refine malicious code to maximize information-stealing and extortion potential.
A former U.S. State Department employee has pleaded guilty to running a "sextortion" scheme from the U.S. Embassy in London that was designed to compel young women to share sexually explicit photographs, according to the FBI.
Australian police have raided the Sydney home of cryptographer and entrepreneur Craig Wright, who's been named as being the suspected creator of the bitcoin cryptocurrency. Has the real "Satoshi Nakamoto" finally been unmasked?
Dorkbot - one of the world's most prevalent crimeware toolkits - has been disrupted by an international law enforcement and security research firm effort. But similar previous disruptions have failed to eradicate the malware.