In the latest weekly update, four editors at Information Security Media Group discuss important cybersecurity issues, including the use of commercially available spyware and security risk management in the telecom sector.
Remote management software vendor Kaseya has obtained a decryption tool for all organizations affected by the massive ransomware attack launched via its software. The tool should especially help the many small businesses still struggling to recover. Kaseya declined to comment on how it obtained the decryptor.
A patch is forthcoming for a privilege escalation vulnerability in the Windows operating system that can allow hackers to gain a foothold. Meanwhile, Linux OS users also need to adopt system upgrades to fix a flaw, and Oracle and Juniper have announced product patches.
Following revelations that commercial spyware vendor NSO Group was able to exploit the latest model of the Apple iPhone to install surveillance software, experts describe how Apple could be doing more to lock down its iOS mobile operating system as well as curtail attacks by making them much costlier to run.
Researchers at Cognyte have identified the six common vulnerabilities and exposures - or CVEs - that were most frequently discussed by apparent cyberattackers on dark web forums between Jan. 1, 2020 and March 1, 2021. Five of these CVEs were for Microsoft products.
Can NSO Group and other commercial spyware vendors survive the latest revelations into how their tools get used? The Israeli firm is again being accused of selling spyware to repressive regimes, facilitating the surveillance of journalists, political opponents, business executives and even world leaders.
Many security experts and analysts are applauding the U.S. for calling out China's cyber behavior, especially after the White House had focused so much attention on Russia's cyber activities. But some are calling for bolder action.
The leaking of an alleged target list of 50,000 individuals, tied to users of NSO Group's Pegasus spyware, has prompted questions over the scale of such surveillance operations, if the use of commercial spyware gets sufficiently policed and whether the sale of spyware to certain countries should be blocked.
Campbell Conroy & O’Neil, a Boston-based law firm that serves Fortune 500 firms, including Apple and Pfizer, is continuing its investigation of a ransomware attack in February that resulted in unauthorized access to certain data about its clients.
The blockchain analysis firm Elliptic offers a step-by-step case study, based on its research, of how one victim of the REvil ransomware gang negotiated a lower ransom payment. The study offers insights into how REvil operated before its online infrastructure disappeared last week.
Security researchers identified flaws in messaging app Telegram's cryptographic protocol, MTProto, that enabled intruders to access encrypted chats and alter the messages. Those flaws have since been patched.
The U.S. has indicted four Chinese nationals working with the nation's Ministry of State Security in connection with an alleged hacking campaign conducted from 2011 to 2018 that targeted universities and government entities to obtain trade secrets, medical research and other intellectual property.
Three federal agencies released a 31-page Joint Cybersecurity Advisory Monday that describes 50 tactics, techniques and procedures that Chinese state-sponsored cyberattackers are using to target organizations in the U.S. and allied nations.
The U.S and its allies formally accusing China of cyberattacks on Microsoft Exchange servers comes as no surprise because it's "indicative of the behavior of the administration in China for many years now," says Cybereason CSO Sam Curry.
A leak of 50,000 telephone numbers and email addresses led to the "Pegasus Project," a global media consortium's research effort that discovered how Pegasus spyware developed by NSO Group is being used in the wild.