Last year was another bonanza in zero-days for Chinese state hackers, say security researchers in a report predicting a permanent uptick in nation-state exploitation of yet-unpatched vulnerabilities. "Attackers seek stealth and ease of exploitation," writes cybersecurity firm Mandiant.
Hitachi Energy joined the ranks of victims hit by the Clop ransomware group, which has exploited a zero-day vulnerability in Fortra's widely used managed file transfer software, GoAnywhere MFT. Clop claimed responsibility for the hack, which compromised networks used by 130 different organizations.
Federal agents arrested the alleged administrator of criminal underground forum BreachedForums, tracing him to a small town in New York's Hudson Valley. FBI agents say Conor Brian Fitzpatrick, resident of Peekskill, confessed to being "pompompurin."
The European Parliament approved Thursday legislation creating a continentwide framework for digital identity that European leaders hope will diminish the role of big tech companies such as Google and Apple. Members of the European Parliament have pushed for additional privacy measures.
Chinese threat actors are turning security appliances into penetration pathways, forcing firewall maker Fortinet to again attempt to fend off hackers with a patch. Mandiant researchers say suspected Beijing hackers it tracks as UNC3886 has been targeting chip-based firewall and virtualization boxes.
The Federal Trade Commission's recent actions against two companies in separate health data privacy cases are significant developments signaling the FTC's "aggressive push" to enforce violations involving disclosures of consumer health data to third parties, said attorney Kirk Nahra of WilmerHale.
TikTok says the Biden administration has demanded that the company's Chinese owners divest their stake in the company or risk seeing the app get banned in America. The U.S., Canada, EU, U.K. and New Zealand have all banned the use of TikTok on government devices, citing national security concerns.
In the latest weekly update, ISMG editors discuss how the Silicon Valley Bank crash will affect innovation in the cybersecurity space, why the SEC fined cloud provider Blackbaud $3 million for its "erroneous" breach details, and why the feds fined a web hosting firm in a kids' insurance site hack.
The former parent company of Silicon Valley Bank filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection Friday in an effort to streamline the sale of its assets. Silicon Valley Bank itself isn't included in the reorganization filing since the FDIC took over the commercial banking business on March 10.
A financially motivated hacking group has been exploiting a now-patched zero-day vulnerability in the Windows operating system to deliver ransomware. Google Threat Analysis Group attributed the campaign to Magniber ransomware group. Microsoft issued a patch in its March dump of fixes.
In this week's data breach roundup: medical device manufacturer Zoll, CHU University hospitals, Australian company Latitude Financial, Hawaiian death registry, Los Angeles Housing Authority, Indian Railway ticketing app, updates on U.S. Marshals Service and Congress, and a new ransomware decryptor!
Microsoft and CrowdStrike once again dominate Gartner's Magic Quadrant for Endpoint Protection. Cybereason has risen to the leaders quadrant and Trellix has fallen to a niche player. The endpoint protection market has rapidly matured in recent years - 50% of organizations have already adopted EDR.
Healthcare executives called on Congress to ensure minimum cybersecurity standards, saying a wholly voluntary approach is failing clinics and hospitals. Gaps are widest at small rural hospitals, testified a former hospital CISO before the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee.
Federal regulators initiated a probe of social media after accusing firms such as Facebook of presiding over a surge in advertising fraud including ads for sham healthcare products. Sham ads "can pose real dangers," including by spreading health disinformation, said Commissioner Rebecca Slaughter.
The U.K. government recently embarked on a plan to create its own version of the EU's General Data Protection Regulation, but attorney Jonathan Armstrong says he is "pretty skeptical" that this second attempt at privacy reform will successfully make it through the country's Parliament.