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.
Wolfe Eye Clinic, which operates diagnostic and surgical centers in 40 Iowa communities, is notifying 500,000 current and former patients that their data may have been inappropriately accessed during a recent ransomware attack. But the organization refused to pay a ransom.
Two cybercrime ecosystem cornerstones today are high-end bulletproof hosting services and ransomware, says Mark Arena, CEO of Intel 471. He notes that ransomware-as-a-service operations don't function like gangs or the Mafia, but rather as individuals collaborating "based on a culture of mistrust."
Advanced persistent threat actors will continue to "up their game," including taking advantage of the COVID-19 pandemic even as its impact diminishes, says Kelvin Coleman, executive director of the National Cyber Security Alliance.
The U.S. has seized the domains of 36 websites linked with Iran and Iraq for allegedly publishing disinformation and running malicious influencing campaigns targeting Americans. Those running the sites violated sanctions by not obtaining a license to buy domain names from U.S. companies.
The European Commission has proposed creating a Joint Cyber Unit to help EU member states respond to and prevent cyberattacks, especially those involving ransomware. The goal is for the unit to begin operations by the end of next year.
How do criminal affiliates of ransomware-as-a-service operations think? Craig Williams and Matt Olney of Cisco Talos describe insights shared - accidentally and otherwise - by "Aleks," a Russian affiliate of the LockBit ransomware-as-a-service operation.
Republican and Democratic lawmakers have recently introduced several cybersecurity-related bills seeking to address issues ranging from imposing tougher penalties for cybercriminals to improving protection of school districts.
The U.S. Senate has unanimously approved Chris Inglis as national cyber director. He assumes the role as the country is still reeling from a series of ransomware attacks and the SolarWinds supply chain attack. Meanwhile, confirmation of a new CISA director is on hold.
A bipartisan group of senators is circulating a draft of a federal breach notification bill that would require federal agencies, federal contractors and businesses that have oversight over critical infrastructure to report significant cyberthreats to CISA within 24 hours of discovery.
The global law enforcement "Anom" honeypot operation racked up impressive statistics for the number of criminals tricked into using the encrypted communications service. Psychology was at play: Officials say users flocked to the service after they disrupted rivals EncroChat and Sky Global.
After U.S. President Joe Biden and Russian President Vladimir Putin discussed cybersecurity issues at their Wednesday summit meeting in Geneva, security experts and analysts began sizing up what the next steps might be following what some are calling a "transformational moment."
Just before Wednesday's U.S.-Russia summit, at which cybercrime was high on the agenda, authorities in Ukraine announced they had busted six suspected members of the Clop ransomware operation. Security experts say these apparently were midlevel players, with Clop's main operators likely based in Russia.