In the latest weekly update, four editors at Information Security Media Group discuss important cybersecurity issues, including the challenges ahead for the new director of the U.S. Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency and vendor security risk management in the healthcare sector.
The gang behind the ransomware strain known as Mespinoza, aka PYSA, is targeting manufacturers, schools and others, mainly in the U.S. and U.K., demanding ransom payments as high as $1.6 million, according to Palo Alto Networks' Unit 42, which says the group leverages open-source tools.
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.
Ransomware-wielding criminals continue to find innovative new ways to extort victims, develop technically and sidestep skills shortages by delivering ransomware as a service, said Robert Hannigan, the former head of U.K. intelligence agency GCHQ, in his Infosecurity Europe 2021 virtual keynote speech.
As the Biden administration attempts to force Russia to crack down on its domestic cybercriminals, one challenge will be the sheer diversity of attack code being wielded and individuals involved. Another is that any proactive moves Moscow makes would likely require many months to take effect.
Software developer Kaseya has released patches for its remote monitoring software, which had been exploited by REvil ransomware attackers to infect up to 60 MSPs and 1,500 of their clients. The patches mitigate the final three vulnerabilities out of seven that researchers reported to Kaseya in early April.
In the latest weekly update, a panel of Information Security Media Group editors discusses the repercussions of the Kaseya ransomware incident, the immediate response of the cybersecurity community and key risk management takeaways.
Acting CISA Director Brandon Wales, Rep. Jim Langevin and many others will discuss the government's top priorities in addressing cybersecurity challenges at ISMG's Virtual Cybersecurity Summit: Government, to be held July 13 and 14.
Thousands of organizations that rely on Miami-based Kaseya's VSA software to remotely manage systems are going to have to wait longer to regain the ability to use it, company CEO Fred Voccola explains in a Thursday video.
Cue delays for customers of Kaseya waiting for their software-as-a-service and on-premises software to get emergency fixes and be restored, following the July 4 holiday weekend ransomware attack, which hit about 60 IT managed service provider customers and up to 1,500 of their collective managed service clients.
The REvil ransomware operation behind the massive attack centering on Kaseya, which develops software used by managed service providers, has offered to decrypt all victims - MSPs as well as their customers - for $70 million in bitcoins. Experts note this isn't the first time REvil has hit MSPs, or even Kaseya.
Failure to take basic security steps - such as avoiding using end-of-life software and default passwords - can create serious national security risks, CISA stresses. The agency is in the early stages of developing a catalog of "bad practices" that should be avoided.
In the latest weekly update, a panel of Information Security Media Group editors discusses key topics, including cybersecurity trends for the second half of the year, IoT device security and the planned security features for Windows 11.
The U.S. Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency has released a Ransomware Readiness Assessment audit tool to help organizations size up their ability to defend against and recover from attacks.
The FBI is requesting $40 million in additional funding for its fiscal 2022 budget to help combat and counter ransomware attacks and other cyberthreats. The bureau is also requesting $15 million to help strengthen its internal security infrastructure as well as address network vulnerabilities.