The latest edition of the ISMG Security Report leads with an analysis exploring how artificial intelligence can be used by hackers to threaten IT systems and by organizations to defend critical digital assets. Also, a deep dive into the NotPetya ransomware attack.
Deducing intent from malware code is tricky, but computer security experts appear to agree that the latest wave of file-encrypting malware was never designed to make its creators rich. Instead, it's intended to destroy disks.
Malware known as NotPetya, SortaPetya or GoldenEye continues to spread globally, infecting endpoints via leaked Equation Group exploits as well as built-in Windows tools. Here's a roundup of what we know about the supposed ransomware and its spread so far.
The Cyber Threat Alliance is developing playbooks that will show organizations how to stop hackers from causing havoc. Alliance President Michael Daniel explains how the playbook could help to disrupt a cyber attacker's business model and processes.
Is Petya worse than WannaCry? The second global outbreak of file-encrypting malware in as many months sees cyberattackers having designed potent, rapidly spreading malicious code far faster than organizations have been shoring up their defenses.
A massive, global ransomware outbreak has been hitting airports, banks, shipping firms and other businesses across Europe and beyond. Security experts say the apparent Petya variant appears to spread in part by exploiting the "EternalBlue" SMB flaw in Windows, previously targeted by WannaCry.
With massive profits available to criminals who can infect PCs and servers and extract a ransom, it's no surprise that attacks involving crypto-locking ransomware continue to increase. Security experts say such attacks are increasingly driven by ransomware-as-a-service programs.
A ransomware attack on a provider of oxygen therapy has resulted in the second largest health data breach posted on the HHS tally so far this year. It's the largest ransomware-related incident listed on the "wall of shame."
The business of crimeware is evolving - and so are the exploits that take advantage of unprotected systems. How do security leaders focus on managing their most critical vulnerabilities? Gidi Cohen, CEO of Skybox Security, shares insights.
The FBI says reported losses due to internet crime last year totaled $1.3 billion, based on nearly 300,000 complaints logged with its Internet Complaint Center. It warns that CEO fraud, ransomware, tech-support fraud and extortion are becoming increasingly prevalent.
Good news: Exploits kits are in decline, thanks to concerted efforts to disrupt their efficacy. Unfortunately, criminals are diversifying their attacks, focusing more on social engineering - including tech-support scams - and malicious spam campaigns.
One month after the SMB-targeting WannaCry worm outbreak began spreading globally, Honda discovered fresh infections at multiple facilities, and was forced to temporarily idle one plant as a result of the ransomware.
South Korean web hosting firm Nayana has agreed to pay attackers a record-shattering $1 million to unlock 153 Linux servers crypto-locked by ransomware. Security researchers say the infection was likely exacerbated by the company running ancient versions of the Linux kernel, as well as Apache and PHP.
Sixty-five percent of security leaders consider their organizations' security postures to be above average or superior. But only 29 percent are very confident in their security controls. Neustar's Tom Pageler analyzes results of Strategic Cybersecurity Investments Study.
Britain's security services have reportedly concluded that the WannaCry ransomware outbreak was launched by Lazarus group, a hacking team tied to North Korea. Attribution aside, security experts question how many organizations can defend themselves against Lazarus attacks.