How to Stop Global Cybersecurity Threats Emerging From the Ukraine-Russia Conflict

The Ukraine-Russia conflict began when the Russian military invaded Ukraine on February 24.

Yet the cybersecurity and cyber warfare elements of this conflict began before initial combat action. Ukraine was hit with numerous cyberattacks against its government and banking systems in the lead-up to the conflict, with experts blaming Russia for the cyberattacks. And within the first 48 hours, multiple U.S. agencies noted that cyberattacks from suspected hackers in Russia increased by over 800%.

Decide & Do: 4.5 Ransomware Actions

Are you next? Will criminals target your organization with ransomware? No one can say for sure, so prepare now.

Here are four and a half critical decisions to make – and things to do – before a crisis hits.  

(What’s half a decision, you ask? What’s half an action, you may wonder. Read to end if you want to find out).

1. Do: Have a plan

This sounds so obvious, but I have seen major organizations in business and government scrambling to respond to a ransomware attack. Your plan should include at least these elements?

Colonial Pipeline Hack: Trouble Was the Result but Money was the Goal

The Colonial Pipeline hack by DarkSide created Malicious code that resulted in the pipelines shut down, FBI officials have confirmed. According to the company, the Colonial pipeline transports about 45% of the fuel consumed on the East coast. U.S. fuel prices at the pump rose six cents per gallon on the week to $2.967 per gallon for regular unleaded gasoline, the American Automobile Association (AAA) said on Monday, while Wall Street shares in U.S. energy firms were up 1.5%. The U.S. issued emergency legislation on Sunday after a ransomware cyber-attack hit the Colonial Pipeline.

[Report] The New Cyber Threat Landscape: Tactics are Getting Simpler, Outcomes are Becoming Unprecedented

It will come as no surprise to anyone that 2016 saw an alarming increase in targeted attacks aimed at politically motivated sabotage and subversion. This new level of ambition by cyber criminals is corroborated by the annual Internet Security Threat Report from DLT partner, Symantec. The perceived success of several campaigns – particularly the U.S.

What You Need To Know About The WannaCry Ransomware Virus

On May 12 a ransomware virus, WannaCry, was released on the Internet and rapidly spread to hundreds of thousands of Microsoft Windows based computers in over 150 countries.  The malware encrypts critical files on a computer, such as Excel, Word, and other important files, and seeks out backup copies for encryption as well.  Once it infects a system, it requires the victim to pay approximately $300 in digital currency (Bitcoin), and immediately tries to find other systems to infect.

Technically News – 10/28

This week in Technically News: What To Do When Your Computer Gets Kidnapped By Ransomware; Why the US Government Needs a “Digital Core”; Google or Microsoft? Army Users Get Choice; 8 Areas for Improvement in Securing Critical Infrastructure; Stabilizing DHS Cybersecurity Leadership