Kirk was executive editor for security and technology for Information Security Media Group. Reporting from Sydney, Australia, he created "The Ransomware Files" podcast, which tells the harrowing stories of IT pros who have fought back against ransomware.
The REvil ransomware gang's attack against the U.S. software company Kaseya in July 2021 is one of the largest and most intriguing ransomware attacks of all time. Here's the inside story of how the attack went down and how organizations recovered.
Police in London say they've arrested seven people that the BBC reports are tied to the Lapsus$ hacking group, which has claimed responsibility for data breaches involving Okta, Microsoft, Nvidia, Ubisoft and more. The names of the suspects, who are mostly teenagers, have not been released.
Sanctions levied against Russia and Belarus for the invasion of Ukraine are affecting security researchers signed up with bug bounty platforms, which can no longer legally make payments. A researcher in Belarus says he's locked out from accessing $25,179 in his HackerOne account.
A newly released conversation between two members of the Conti ransomware gang reveals concern about the war in Ukraine and its potential to disrupt their lucrative extortion racket. The conversation took place just a day before a massive data leak exposed the gang's inner workings.
A Ukrainian cybersecurity researcher has released a huge batch of data that came from the internal systems of the Conti ransomware gang. The researcher released the data after the notorious ransomware gang expressed support for Russia after its invasion of Ukraine.
In 2019, 23 cities across Texas were struck by one of the largest ransomware attacks ever in the U.S. The attack, which involved the REvil ransomware, started with a compromised managed service provider. While the cities recovered quickly, the MSP sustained irreparable damage.
What security functions should be kept in house, and which ones should be outsourced? The sands are shifting: the days of a fully in-house security operations center are probably gone now, says Elrich Engel, CISO and director of data and architecture at AMP, an Australian financial services company.
Schools in the United States have been under siege from ransomware and other kinds of cyber incidents. But the K12 Security Information Exchange, an organization launched in 2020, is helping schools improve their defenses.
The CISO for a Dallas-based school district quit his job over the district's handling of a severe data breach that occurred in August 2021. A TV broadcaster has revealed that two students in the district were responsible even though the district claimed the intruder was a "third party."
A 29-year-old Canadian man has been sentenced to three years in prison for trading in stolen personal information, which included transactions with an aggressive hacking and extortion group known as The Dark Overlord. Slava Dmitriev sold identity information on the AlphaBay marketplace, prosecutors alleged.
Maersk was one of dozens of organizations crippled by the NotPetya malware in June 2017. Gavin Ashton and Bharat Halai worked in identity and access management at Maersk and share how the company's technology team tirelessly brought the company back from the brink of an IT systems meltdown.
A security researcher in Germany says he's discovered a software flaw affecting a small number of Teslas, allowing him to unlock doors and windows, start vehicles without keys and disable security systems. The flaw, however, does not affect steering, acceleration or braking.
The Log4j vulnerability has underscored once again the widespread dependence on open-source software projects and the lurking risks. Patrick Dwyer of OWASP says such projects deserve more resources to avoid major security vulnerabilities.
For many security teams, it's been all hands on deck since the Apache Log4j zero day vulnerability recently came to light. Experts say the flaw may be the most serious security vulnerability to have emerged in years, and organizations are now racing to identify their exposure and defenses they can deploy.
Cybersecurity experts worry about attacks and ransomware directed at the 70,000 water and wastewater facilities in the U.S. In November 2020, the Hampton Roads Sanitation District was infected with Ryuk ransomware. Fortunately, its operational technology systems were unaffected, and it recovered.