A slick ransomware-as-a-service operation called Kraken Cryptor has begun leveraging the Fallout exploit kit to help it score fresh victims, researchers from McAfee and Recorded Future warn. Absent offline backups, victims have little chance of recovering from its crypto-locking attacks.
Scammers behind an ongoing "sextortion" campaign have been emailing a legitimate password - likely from a publicly leaked list - to victims with a threat to release a compromising video of the recipient unless they pay up in bitcoins, Barracuda Networks warns.
Kenneth Schuchman, the alleged author of a supercharged variant of Mirai malware called Satori, has been rearrested for violating his bail conditions. In what may be a coincidence, security researchers say a Satori botnet went dormant following Schuchman's arrest, only to be reawakened later.
One of the co-authors of the devastating Mirai botnet malware has been sentenced to home incarceration and community service, and ordered to pay $8.6 million in restitution, for his role in a series of damaging distributed denial-of-service attacks that disrupted operations at Rutgers University.
Good news for anyone whose data has been crypto-locked by attackers wielding GandCrab, the year's most aggressive strain of ransomware: You may be able to get your data back, thanks to a free decryptor.
British Airways has discovered that hackers compromised payment card data and personal details for 185,000 more customers than it had originally suspected and that its systems were first breached not in August, but April. The airline now counts 429,000 data breach victims.
Australian police have charged a woman in the theft of AU$450,000 (US$318,000) worth of the virtual currency XRP, also known as Ripple, in one of the largest cryptocurrency thefts from a single victim. The case highlights how basic security messaging on protecting cryptocurrency isn't getting through.
This week's edition of the ISMG Security Report features an analysis of whether the U.K.'s fine of Facebook for the Cambridge Analytica scandal is just the beginning of regulatory enforcement action. Plus: A potential settlement of Yahoo breach lawsuit and tips on securing data in the cloud.
Hong Kong-based airline Cathay Pacific says the personal details of 9.4 million passengers were inappropriately accessed in March, a breach the company confirmed in early May but publicly revealed on Wednesday. That raises questions about whether the airline violated data breach disclosure regulations.
Cryptojackers and eavesdroppers are continuing to exploit a one-time zero-day flaw in unpatched MikroTik routers, despite a patch that's been available for six months as well as the actions of a vigilante "gray hat" hacker who's forcibly "fixed" 100,000 vulnerable routers.
Facebook is eyeing spammers as being the culprits behind its recently disclosed mega-breach, The Wall Street Journal reports. Preliminary findings from Facebook's internal investigation suggest that the attackers were not affiliated with a nation-state, but rather part of a known spam ring, the newspaper reports.
An analysis of attacks against cryptocurrency exchanges over nearly two years shows hackers have inflicted $882 million in damages, according to the Russian security firm Group-IB. The tally of losses is likely to grow next year, the company warns.
Federal regulators have smacked health insurer Anthem with a record $16 million HIPAA settlement in the wake of a cyberattack revealed in 2015, which impacted nearly 79 million individuals. What missteps does the settlement highlight?
A batch of U.S. voter registration records from 20 states has appeared for sale online in what appears to be an illegitimate offering. While it's far from the largest-ever seen leak of voter data, the incident again highlights the lax controls too often applied to voter records.
The U.K.'s National Cyber Security Center incident response teams have investigated more than 1,000 significant incidents in the past two years, the majority of which trace to nation-state attackers, officials say.