A look by DataBreachToday Executive Editor Mathew J. Schwartz at the human element behind malware leads the latest edition of the ISMG Security Report. Also, changes in the U.S. government's healthcare breach reporting website known as the "Wall of Shame."
While the power grid malware unleashed against Ukraine could be repurposed to attack other grids, "it's not to the point yet where people should be freaking out or building bunkers or anything silly like that," says Robert M. Lee, who heads industrial cybersecurity firm Dragos.
Police in Greece arrested Russian national Alexander Vinnik, who was indicted by a U.S. federal grand jury for allegedly running the BTC-e bitcoin exchange and helping to launder $4 billion in cryptocurrency tied to criminal enterprises, including the hack of the Mt. Gox bitcoin exchange.
A federal court has ordered the deportation of a Venezuelan citizen who is the second person to plead guilty for their role in a conspiracy to commit more than $2 million of tax fraud using identities stolen by hackers from a University of Pittsburgh Medical Center employee database.
It has been a fairly slow year for Mac malware. But a former NSA researcher has dug into the first Mac malware sample that was detected earlier this year - dubbed "Fruitfly" - and found at least 400 computers, and possibly more, infected with a variant of the malware.
Police in Beijing have arrested 11 employees of a Chinese digital marketing agency on charges that they developed and distributed Fireball, malicious adware with 250 million global installations worldwide that reportedly generated $12 million, at least some of it via click fraud.
The ISMG Security Report leads with an analysis of when it would be appropriate for the United States and Russia to engage in cybersecurity negotiations. Also, how NotPetya malware attack victims continue to struggle weeks later.
Security comes to Las Vegas this week in the form of Black Hat USA 2017. Hot sessions range from an analysis of power grid malware and "cyber fear as a service" to details of two major hacker takedowns and how the world's two largest ransomware families cash out their attacks.
A British man named by authorities as "Daniel K." - aka "Spiderman" and "Peter Parker" - pleaded guilty in German court to infecting 1.25 million Deutsche Telekom routers with Mirai malware and causing more than $2 million in damage.
Medical transcription software vendor Nuance is the latest company to acknowledge that it's still struggling to recover from the recent global NotPetya ransomware attacks and will see a dip in its financial performance as a result.
It's boom time for the ransomware business as criminals continue to make easy cryptocurrency paydays via crypto-locking attacks. AlienVault's Javvad Malik and Chris Doman detail how crowdsourced threat intelligence can help in the fight against this threat.
Russian citizen Mark Vartanyan, aka "Kolypto," has been sentenced to serve five years in U.S. prison after he pleaded guilty to helping develop and distribute the notorious banking Trojan called Citadel.
Christopher Painter, who has advocated for diplomatic engagement with cyber friends and foes alike, is leaving his post as coordinator of cyber issues at the State Department, a job he has held since early 2011.