Bad news on the ransomware front: Victims that choose to pay attackers' ransom demands - in return for the promise of a decryption tool - last quarter paid an average of $84,116, according to Coveware. But gangs wielding Ryuk and Sodinokibi - aka REvil - often demanded much more.
Federal prosecutors say Practice Fusion - a unit of Allscripts - will pay $145 million to settle civil and criminal investigations related to its electronic health records system. The case includes a kickback scheme involving opioids as well as false claims regarding HITECH Act certification compliance.
A California healthcare provider took nearly seven months to report to regulators a phishing incident that exposed information on 200,000 patients. Security experts are analyzing whether the delay could be justifiable.
A spear-phishing campaign targeted a U.S. government agency for several months last year using emails with content about North Korea geopolitics as a lure, according to an analysis from Palo Alto Networks' Unit 42.
U.S. Senator Ron Wyden, D-Ore., has called on the National Security Agency to take steps to make sure the personal devices of high-ranking Trump administration officials are secure following a report last week that Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos' smartphone had been compromised.
Dave DeWalt, former CEO of FireEye and McAfee, has been appointed vice chair of the board of Onapsis, a vendor focused on securing business-critical applications. In this exclusive interview, DeWalt opens up on application vulnerabilities, the evolution of the nation-state threat and technologies to watch in 2020.
U.K. officials reportedly are considering a proposal to allow China's Huawei to play a limited role in providing certain equipment for the country's 5G rollout, which would defy calls from the U.S. for a complete ban of telecom gear from the company.
Aleksey Burkov, who was extradited from Israel to the U.S. in November, plead guilty this week to several federal charges related to his site "Cardplanet," which trafficked in stolen payment card data.
Hackers who may have ties to Iran have recently turned their attention to the European energy sector, using open source tools to target one firm's network as part of an cyberespionage operation, according to the security firm Recorded Future.
The latest edition of the ISMG Security Report offers an analysis of fresh details on the hacking of Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos' iPhone. Also featured: an update on Microsoft's exposure of customer service records; a hacker's take on key areas of cyber hygiene.
It's a seductive story line: A chat app belonging to Saudi Arabia's crown prince is used to deliver malware to an American billionaire's phone. But a forensic investigation of Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos' phone raises more questions than it answers.
Emotet malware alert: The U.S. Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency says it's been "tracking a spike" in targeted Emotet malware attacks. It urges all organizations to immediately put in place defenses to not just avoid infection, but also detect lateral movement in their networks by hackers.