While the cybercrime story for 2022 has yet to be fully written, cryptocurrency theft will no doubt have a starring role. Buoyed by the collective pilfering of billions of dollars' worth of cryptocurrency this year, what's to stop attackers from doubling down in 2023?
As the U.S. celebrates Thanksgiving, let's give thanks for this cybercrime karma: For more than two years, law enforcement and security experts have been exploiting flaws in the crypto-locking malware to help victims decrypt their systems without paying a ransom.
Tributes are being paid to Vitali Kremez, who has died at the age of 34 in a suspected scuba-diving accident. The renowned threat intelligence expert, born in Belarus, had long tracked Russian cybercrime syndicates and was part of an ad hoc group established to counter ransomware and help victims.
Many ransomware-wielding attackers - including big-name groups - have been collectively shooting themselves in the foot by resorting to "amateur" tactics, including decryptors that fail to decrypt as well as gangs re-extorting the same victims. Cue fewer victims opting to pay a ransom.
Elon Musk lugged a sink into Twitter headquarters to announce his takeover of the social network. But it will take more than a porcelain prop for the richest person in the world to successfully surmount the cybersecurity, legal, disinformation, regulatory and other challenges facing Twitter.
If remote access to corporate networks is only as secure as the weakest link, only some dreadfully weak passwords now stand between hackers and many organizations' most sensitive data, according to new research from Rapid7 into the two most widely used remote access protocols - SSH and RDP.
More Russian-speaking, ransomware-wielding attackers are gunning for Russian businesses and government agencies, researchers report. The unwritten rule of Russian cybercrime has historically been to never attack inside Russia or neighboring allies.
Should the now-former CSO of Uber have reported a security incident to authorities after discovering signs of unusual behavior? That's one of the big questions now being asked in the closely watched trial of Joe Sullivan, who's been charged with covering up a data breach and paying off hackers.
Financial services giant Morgan Stanley will pay a $35 million fine to settle U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission charges that it failed to comply with rules requiring it to safeguard customer data as well as ensure it is disposed of properly.
After an international law enforcement operation shuttered stolen data forum RaidForums in February, one of its power users launched a replacement called Breached. Within months, the English-language forum has amassed more stolen records and nearly as many users as its predecessor.
Who's been disrupting ransomware operations' data leak sites by targeting them with distributed denial-of-service attacks? No one has yet claimed credit for the ongoing disruptions and slowdowns, but one likely theory is that rival operations are attempting to cause each other pain.
As ransomware continues to pummel organizations left, right and center, two states have responded by banning certain types of ransom payments, and more look set to soon follow suit. But experts warn such bans could have "terrible consequences," leading to costlier and more complicated recovery.
Cybersecurity experts have been reacting to industry veteran Peiter Zatko's allegations of poor information security practices at Twitter, with many noting that he's hardly the first expert to have been hired to remedy serious problems, only to say they were prevented from doing their job.
Ransomware karma: The notorious LockBit 3.0 ransomware gang's site has been disrupted via a days-long distributed-denial-of-service attack, with administrator LockBitSupp reporting that it appears to be retribution for the gang leaking files stolen from a recent victim: security firm Entrust.
Calling all Apple users: It's time to once again patch your devices to protect them against two zero-day vulnerabilities that attackers are actively exploiting in the wild to take complete control of devices. While there's no need to panic, security experts advise moving quickly.