This edition of the ISMG Security Report features an analysis of CISA's finding that agencies could have prevented follow-on attacks after the SolarWinds supply chain attack by properly configuring firewalls. Also featured: Congressman discusses deterring nation-state attacks; insider threat mitigation tips.
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.
Cybersecurity pioneer John McAfee, 75, was found dead in a Spanish prison cell Wednesday, hours after a Spanish court had authorized his extradition to the U.S. to face tax evasion charges, according to news reports.
Colonial Pipeline Co. now faces at least two lawsuits seeking class action status in the aftermath of a ransomware attack in May that led the firm to shut down the operations of a 5,500-mile pipeline for nearly a week.
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.
How can financial institutions deal with the problem of authorized push payment fraud? Three experts - Karen Boyer of People’s United Bank, Alasdair MacFarlane of NatWest Bank and Dave Excell of Featurespace - offer their insights on best practices.
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.
Federal agencies could have prevented follow-on attacks after the SolarWinds supply chain attack by using recommended firewall configurations, but this step isn't always feasible, the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency says.
CISA is moving its Einstein intrusion detection system deeper into federal networks in an effort to better detect supply chain attacks after its failure to detect the espionage campaign that targeted SolarWinds and its customers, including federal agencies.