Ransomware hackers are stretching the concept of code reuse to the limit as they confront the specter of diminishing returns for extortionate malware. In their haste to make money, some new players are picking over the discarded remnants of previous ransomware groups.
At the EU cybersecurity agency ENISA's recent conference on the cybersecurity upsides and downsides of AI chatbots, presenters urged "preparedness," recommending that cybersecurity professionals track the "warp speed" evolution of chatbots to target emerging risks as well as opportunities.
Former members of the defunct Conti ransomware group are continuing to ply their trade under a variety of other guises, including Royal and Black Basta. Thanks to their agile and innovative approaches, post-Conti operations are "stronger than ever," one ransomware expert reports.
How many hackers can claim to have caused a national cheese shortage, not least in the Gouda-loving Netherlands? Enter Mikhail Matveev, a Russian national who's been indicted for wielding not one but three strains of ransomware, in what experts say is a needed focus on ransomware affiliates.
Breach notifications from British outsourcing giant Capita mount amid signs the multibillion-pound company doesn't have a firm grip on how much data it exposed. For a company that trumpets its ability to "achieve better outcomes," Capita's inability to grasp the impact of its breaches is ironic.
Fifteen months after Russia intensified its illegal invasion of Ukraine, experts say top cyber defense lessons policymakers and defenders should apply include focusing on resilience. Building for resilience acknowledges the inevitability of ongoing attacks.
In the annals of attempting to downplay the impact of a data breach, here's a new one: British outsourcing giant Capita says the hackers who hit it - steling data pertaining to customers, suppliers and employees - accessed "less than 0.1% of its server estate."
Pre-RSA social media gaming predicted it. Many predicted they would loath it. And it happened: Discussions at this year's RSA conference again and again came back to generative artificial intelligence - but with a twist. Even some of the skeptics professed their conversion to the temple of AI.
Apple users: Don't fear newly discovered samples of LockBit ransomware designed to target newer macOS devices. Researchers say the still-in-development code, tied to no known in-the-wild attacks, contains numerous errors, leaving it unable to execute.
The cybercrime economy appears to remain alive and well: Compared to last year, researchers report seeing an increase in the number of known ransomware victims as well as initial access listings, which facilitate such attacks. The impact the takedowns of BreachForums and Genesis remains to be seen.
Warning to criminals: Could that cybercrime service you're about to access really be a sting by law enforcement agents who are waiting to identify and arrest you? That's the message from British law enforcement agents, who say they're running multiple DDoS-for-hire sites as criminal honeypots.
There's much national security ado about how much user data gets collected by the Chinese-owned, wildly popular video-sharing app TikTok. But as France's ban of "recreational apps" from government-issued devices highlights, a bigger-picture approach for combating surveillance is required.
Not all ransomware groups wield crypto-locking malware. Some have adopted other strategies. Take BianLian. After security researchers released a free decryptor for its malware, instead of encrypting files, the group chose to steal them and demand ransom solely for their safe return.
The LockBit ransomware operation claims to have stolen data from a Texas-based supplier to Elon Musk's SpaceX, which designs, manufactures and launches rockets and spacecraft. It's the latest PR-grabbing attempt by the prolific LockBit extortion group.
Key to the business success of top ransomware groups remains their ability to find innovative new ways to amass victims. For Hive, which received more than $100 million in ransom payments before being disrupted by law enforcement, the new business strategy that helped it thrive was co-working.