British national Marcus Hutchins, aka "MalwareTech," has been arrested by the FBI on charges relating to the distribution of the Kronos banking Trojan. Hutchins is the "accidental hero" who singlehandedly defused the WannaCry ransomware outbreak.
The front line to battle Russian hackers is shifting to American courts, according to the lead story in the latest edition of the ISMG Security Report. Also, malware targets Apple's operating system and a preview of the ISMG Fraud and Breach Prevention Summit in New York.
Spain has approved a U.S. extradition request for Russian national Stanislav Lisov, who's been charged with helping to organize and profit from a prolific banking Trojan called Neverquest. He's the latest in a long line of suspected Russian hackers to be detained while vacationing abroad.
Gartner's Avivah Litan, a featured speaker at ISMG's Fraud and Breach Prevention Summit in New York on Aug. 8, says hacker attribution is taking on new importance, as traditional methods of determining attack risk and detection linked to indicators of compromise are no longer effective.
Britain's home secretary claims that "real people" don't really want unbreakable, end-to-end encryption - they just like cool features. Accordingly, she asks, why can't we just compromise and add backdoors, thus breaking crypto for everyone?
A look by DataBreachToday Executive Editor Mathew J. Schwartz at the human element behind malware leads the latest edition of the ISMG Security Report. Also, changes in the U.S. government's healthcare breach reporting website known as the "Wall of Shame."
While the power grid malware unleashed against Ukraine could be repurposed to attack other grids, "it's not to the point yet where people should be freaking out or building bunkers or anything silly like that," says Robert M. Lee, who heads industrial cybersecurity firm Dragos.
It has been a fairly slow year for Mac malware. But a former NSA researcher has dug into the first Mac malware sample that was detected earlier this year - dubbed "Fruitfly" - and found at least 400 computers, and possibly more, infected with a variant of the malware.
Police in Beijing have arrested 11 employees of a Chinese digital marketing agency on charges that they developed and distributed Fireball, malicious adware with 250 million global installations worldwide that reportedly generated $12 million, at least some of it via click fraud.
Remote access has been a concern since the dial-up days of the internet's infancy. But ubiquitous connectivity only increases enterprise security concerns, says Bomgar's Sam Elliott, who outlines six steps to secure remote access.
The ISMG Security Report leads with an analysis of when it would be appropriate for the United States and Russia to engage in cybersecurity negotiations. Also, how NotPetya malware attack victims continue to struggle weeks later.
Security comes to Las Vegas this week in the form of Black Hat USA 2017. Hot sessions range from an analysis of power grid malware and "cyber fear as a service" to details of two major hacker takedowns and how the world's two largest ransomware families cash out their attacks.
A British man named by authorities as "Daniel K." - aka "Spiderman" and "Peter Parker" - pleaded guilty in German court to infecting 1.25 million Deutsche Telekom routers with Mirai malware and causing more than $2 million in damage.
Medical transcription software vendor Nuance is the latest company to acknowledge that it's still struggling to recover from the recent global NotPetya ransomware attacks and will see a dip in its financial performance as a result.