Deducing intent from malware code is tricky, but computer security experts appear to agree that the latest wave of file-encrypting malware was never designed to make its creators rich. Instead, it's intended to destroy disks.
Malware known as NotPetya, SortaPetya or GoldenEye continues to spread globally, infecting endpoints via leaked Equation Group exploits as well as built-in Windows tools. Here's a roundup of what we know about the supposed ransomware and its spread so far.
The Cyber Threat Alliance is developing playbooks that will show organizations how to stop hackers from causing havoc. Alliance President Michael Daniel explains how the playbook could help to disrupt a cyber attacker's business model and processes.
Is Petya worse than WannaCry? The second global outbreak of file-encrypting malware in as many months sees cyberattackers having designed potent, rapidly spreading malicious code far faster than organizations have been shoring up their defenses.
A massive, global ransomware outbreak has been hitting airports, banks, shipping firms and other businesses across Europe and beyond. Security experts say the apparent Petya variant appears to spread in part by exploiting the "EternalBlue" SMB flaw in Windows, previously targeted by WannaCry.
With massive profits available to criminals who can infect PCs and servers and extract a ransom, it's no surprise that attacks involving crypto-locking ransomware continue to increase. Security experts say such attacks are increasingly driven by ransomware-as-a-service programs.
A Google security researcher has once again found a potentially devastating vulnerability in Microsoft's Malware Protection Engine, the core component of anti-malware systems that ship with every Windows computer and server.
The latest ISMG Security Report leads off with a look at the growing industry of mobile spyware designed exclusively for governments, but often misused to track citizens and activists. Also, Australia's push to get allies to adopt tools to counter encryption.
The business of crimeware is evolving - and so are the exploits that take advantage of unprotected systems. How do security leaders focus on managing their most critical vulnerabilities? Gidi Cohen, CEO of Skybox Security, shares insights.
The FBI says reported losses due to internet crime last year totaled $1.3 billion, based on nearly 300,000 complaints logged with its Internet Complaint Center. It warns that CEO fraud, ransomware, tech-support fraud and extortion are becoming increasingly prevalent.
In an in-depth interview, Guru Bhat, head of engineering at PayPal, describes how the online payments provider has used a mix of sophisticated automation, including machine learning, and human insight to maintain a fraud loss rate of just 0.32 percent.
Good news: Exploits kits are in decline, thanks to concerted efforts to disrupt their efficacy. Unfortunately, criminals are diversifying their attacks, focusing more on social engineering - including tech-support scams - and malicious spam campaigns.