In the latest weekly update, four editors at Information Security Media Group discuss important cybersecurity issues, including the importance of product security, the impact of ransomware on healthcare sector entities during the pandemic and thinking about cybersecurity awareness creatively.
Rant of the day: Are we getting hacked because we now work remotely in the new normal? No, we're being hacked because we're not managing our risks and being lazy - and because the CISO is not being heard.
For combating ransomware, doing the security basics is essential, including keeping systems updated and patched. Don't follow in the footsteps of one technology firm, which Sophos found got hit by Cring ransomware after attackers exploited ColdFusion software that hadn't been patched in 11 years.
The Mēris botnet, responsible for huge waves of DDoS attacks recorded by cybersecurity firms Qrator Labs and Cloudflare, is still active, using "abandoned" MikroTik routers. The attack signatures saw a spike of 21.8 million requests per second, exploiting a vulnerable version of MikroTik RouterOS.
CISA, the FBI and the U.S. Coast Guard Cyber Command warn users of Zoho Corp.'s single sign-on and password management tool to patch for a vulnerability that nation-state groups may look to exploit. Attackers could use the bug to compromise credentials and exfiltrate data from Active Directory.
The top three tactics attackers have been using to break into corporate and government networks are brute-forcing passwords, exploiting unpatched vulnerabilities, and social engineering via malicious emails, says security firm Kaspersky in a roundup of its 2020 incident response investigations.
The most sought-after type of victim for ransomware-wielding attackers is a large, U.S.-based business with at least $100 million in revenue, not operating in the healthcare or education sector, with remote access available via remote desktop protocol or VPN credentials, threat intelligence firm Kela reports.
While there is currently a lack of specific cyberthreats, Deputy National Security Adviser Anne Neuberger urges organizations, especially those in critical infrastructure, to take precautions over the Labor Day weekend, as threat groups have taken advantage of previous holidays to conduct attacks.
The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency is warning organizations to immediately patch the ProxyShell vulnerabilities in Microsoft Exchange email servers because security researchers say ransomware gangs are exploiting these flaws.
Security researchers are tracking several ransomware gangs that are attempting to exploit a series of bugs in Microsoft Windows collectively called "PrintNightmare." Meanwhile, Microsoft has published an out-of-band alert about another zero-day flaw related to the PrintNightmare vulnerabilities.
While the U.S. government is making strides in improving the nation's cybersecurity, it needs to do more to protect critical infrastructure from attacks and create public-private partnerships to improve national security, the Cyberspace Solarium Commission notes in a report published Thursday.
Some patched on-premises Microsoft Exchange email servers are still proving to be vulnerable. The Conti ransomware group is now leveraging backdoors that persist, cybersecurity consulting firm Pondurance reports.
Ransomware operations continue to thrive thanks to a vibrant cybercrime-as-a-service ecosystem designed to support all manner of online attacks. Given that attackers first need remote access to victims' systems, robust patch management and remote desktop protocol security remain obvious must-have defenses.
Many security experts and analysts are applauding the U.S. for calling out China's cyber behavior, especially after the White House had focused so much attention on Russia's cyber activities. But some are calling for bolder action.
SonicWall is urging users of its Secure Mobile Access 100 series and its Secure Remote Access products running unpatched and end-of-life 8.x firmware to immediately apply patches or disconnect the devices because a ransomware campaign using stolen credentials is targeting the them.