Cyberattackers used spyware from the Israeli firm Candiru to target at least 100 human rights defenders, dissidents, journalists and others across 10 countries, according to researchers at the University of Toronto’s Citizen Lab, which tracks illegal hacking and surveillance.
In the latest weekly update, four editors at Information Security Media Group discuss important cybersecurity issues, including the challenges ahead for the new director of the U.S. Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency and vendor security risk management in the healthcare sector.
The gang behind the ransomware strain known as Mespinoza, aka PYSA, is targeting manufacturers, schools and others, mainly in the U.S. and U.K., demanding ransom payments as high as $1.6 million, according to Palo Alto Networks' Unit 42, which says the group leverages open-source tools.
The U.S. Department of State is now offering rewards of up to $10 million for information about cyberthreats to the nation's critical infrastructure. Meanwhile, the government has launched a StopRansomware website offering a central repository of resources.
Facebook's threat intelligence team says it has disrupted an Iranian advanced persistent threat group that was using the social network as part of an effort to spread malware and conduct cyberespionage operations, primarily in the U.S.
Security software firm NortonLifeLock says it is in "advanced discussions" to acquire Avast, a rival security firm known for its freemium antivirus software. NortonLifeLock was formerly Symantec's consumer-focused business.
SonicWall is urging users of its Secure Mobile Access 100 series and its Secure Remote Access products running unpatched and end-of-life 8.x firmware to immediately apply patches or disconnect the devices because a ransomware campaign using stolen credentials is targeting the them.
Ransomware-wielding criminals continue to find innovative new ways to extort victims, develop technically and sidestep skills shortages by delivering ransomware as a service, said Robert Hannigan, the former head of U.K. intelligence agency GCHQ, in his Infosecurity Europe 2021 virtual keynote speech.
Microsoft on Tuesday released patches for four zero-day vulnerabilities that are being exploited in the wild, including an official patch for a critical remote code vulnerability dubbed "PrintNightmare" for which an out-of-band fix was issued earlier.
Some security experts are questioning the findings of a recent report by the International Institute for Strategic Studies, a London-based think tank, that concludes China is 10 years behind the United States in "cyber capacity."
The Iranian advanced persistent threat group TA453 has been conducting a series of spear-phishing attacks in an attempt to steal sensitive information from scholars who study the Middle East, according to Proofpoint.
Newly uncovered malware dubbed "BioPass" is targeting clients of Chinese online gambling companies, Trend Micro says. The malware exploits popular livestreaming and video recording app Open Broadcaster Software Studio.
The REvil, aka Sodinokibi, ransomware gang's infrastructure, including its darknet sites, were offline Tuesday, numerous security specialists report. The reason for the sudden disappearance is far from clear.
Attackers have been exploiting a zero-day flaw in SolarWinds' Serv-U Managed File Transfer Server and Serv-U Secured FTP software, the security software vendor warns. The company has released patched versions that mitigate the flaw, discovered by Microsoft, and is urging users to update.