FBI Issues Alert on Growing Egregor Ransomware Threat

  Bureau and Security Experts Warn About Gang’s Effective Extortion Model   The FBI issued a warning this week over the growing threat from the operators behind the Egregor ransomware variant and other cybercriminal gangs affiliated with the group. Since September, the Egregor gang and its affiliates claim to have compromised approximately 150 corporate networks in the U.S. and other countries. In some cases, the extortion...

Read More

New Ransomware Variant Could be the Next Big Malware Threat to Business

New Egregor ransomware has been gaining traction since emerging in September. A new form of ransomware is becoming increasingly prolific as cybercriminals turn to it as a preferred means of encrypting vulnerable networks in an effort to exploit bitcoin from victims. Egregor ransomware first emerged in September but has already become notorious following several high-profile incidents, including attacks against Barnes & Noble and video game...

Read More

Cybercrime: 10 Top Tactics and Trends

From Ransomware and DDoS to Malware and SIM Swapping: Europol Describes Latest Threats According to the seventh annual Internet Organized Crime Threat Assessment, produced by Europol ransomware attacks remain the top cyber-enabled threat. But phishing, business email compromises and other types of fraud – many now using a COVID-19 theme – also loom large. Here are 10 of the top threats from the Europol report in alphabetical order....

Read More

Microsoft Warns of Office 365 Phishing Attacks

Microsoft’s Security Intelligence team is warning users of the Office 365 suite about an ongoing phishing campaign that appears to be harvesting victims’ credentials. The phishing emails, which are currently circulating, use several techniques to bypass and evade secure email gateways. The criminals use social engineering techniques and timely subject lines relevant to remote work, like password updates, conferencing info, and...

Read More

Automated Cyber Attack Payment Card Skimming Hits 2,000 E-Commerce Sites

Researchers: Hackers May Have Used Magento Zero-Day Exploit In the largest automated hacking campaign since at least 2015, from September 11-14, malicious JavaScript skimming code was injected into nearly 2,000 e-commerce sites that were running an older version of Adobe’s Magento software, possibly resulting in the theft of payment card data. It was the largest automated campaign on record, surpassing a breach in July 2019 that hacked...

Read More

Hefty HIPAA Fine After Breach Involving ‘The Dark Overlord’

Regulator: Georgia Clinic Showed ‘Systemic Noncompliance’ Federal regulators have announced a $1.5 million HIPAA settlement with Athens Orthopedic Clinic in Georgia, stemming from a 2016 breach involving The Dark Overlord hacking group that exposed the records of nearly 209,000 individuals. The exposed PHI included name, date of birth, SSN, patient demographic information, clinical information, and financial/billing information. The...

Read More

Phishing Campaign Spoofs SBA Loan Offer

A newly discovered phishing campaign is spoofing a U.S. Small Business Administration loan offer in an attempt to steal banking credentials and other personal data. This campaign appears to have started in early August. This follows a different phishing attack in April that also used spoofed SBA messages, but unlike the current scam, that one was created to distribute malware. Fake Loan Applications In the phishing campaign, the victims are...

Read More

Emerging Risk Management Issue: Vendors Hit by Ransomware

Two recent ransomware incidents targeted companies serving healthcare organizations, highlighting an emerging challenge for vendor risk management in the sector. Blackbaud, which sells cloud-based marketing, fundraising, and customer relationship management software, was recently hit by ransomware. Some of its affected clients are now being revealed. Meanwhile, medical debt collector firm R1 RCM, formerly known as Accretive Health, also has...

Read More

Billing Vendor Breach Affects 275,000. Phishing Suspected. Not Yet Clear How Many of Firm’s Healthcare Clients Were Affected

At least 275,000 individuals served by a variety of healthcare providers and health plans had data exposed as a result of a breach at Houston-based billing and debt collection vendor Benefit Recovery Specialists Inc. The company says that on April 30, it discovered a malware incident affecting certain company systems. BRSI customer files containing personal information may have been accessed and/or acquired between April 20 and April 30, 2020....

Read More

Many Mobile Banking Apps Have Exploitable ‘Coding Errors’

Popular Apps Too Susceptible to Hacking, Positive Technologies Warns. Given the number of banks that utilize white-labeled banking apps to provide online banking services to their clients, a recent report is extremely concerning. Researchers at Positive Technologies recently investigated 14 mobile banking apps that run on Android or iOS and found that 13 failed to prevent unauthorized access to user data. Although the specific apps were not...

Read More

COVID-19 Drives Spike in Mobile Phishing Attacks

The increase in working from home during the COVID-19 pandemic has led to an increase in mobile phishing campaigns. Attackers are targeting remote workers whose devices lack adequate security protections to steal users’ banking credentials. Mobile phishing attacks increased by 37% globally in the first quarter of 2020. According to research based on data collected from 200 million mobile devices worldwide, 22% of mobile enterprise users...

Read More

Ransomware Attacks Hit 2 More Healthcare Organizations

Risk Mitigation Tips Ransomeware Attacks continue to surge as two ransomware incidents recently reported to federal regulators as health data breaches illustrate. Recent ransomware-related data breaches reported to the DHHS OCR affected Woodlawn Dental Center based in Cambridge, Ohio, and Mat-Su Surgical Associates in Palmer, Alaska. Woodlawn Dental Incident The HHS “Wall of Shame” shows that Woodlawn Dental reported on May 18 that a breach...

Read More

FBI Unveils the Top-10 Most Exploited Cybersecurity Vulnerabilities

The FBI has been keeping tabs on the most exploited vulnerabilities for years. They also pay close attention when it appears that hacking is being perpetrated by other nations. On May 12th, they released their list of the top 10 most exploited vulnerabilities. The list is intended to help all organizations “place an increased priority on patching the most commonly known vulnerabilities exploited by sophisticated foreign cyber...

Read More

Criminals, Rogue Nations Using COVID-19 To Distribute Malware

Attackers are continuing to use concerns over COVID-19 to distribute ransomware and malware, including for smartphones. While the healthcare sector is perhaps at the greatest risk from these attacks, criminals are using the panic as a widespread opportunity. Attacks include the usual suspects: cybercrime operators looking to make a fast buck – for example, by demanding a ransom to unlock crypto-locked systems – as well as...

Read More

Criminals Spoofing Bank Websites, Offering Attractive CD’s

The SEC’s Office of Investor Education and Advocacy has issued an Investor Alert to warn investors about phony Certificates of Deposit promoted through internet advertising and “spoofed” websites – websites that mimic the actual sites of legitimate financial institutions. Investors should be extremely cautious when purchasing CDs from sites found only through internet searches. “Spoofed” websites – often using URL addresses similar to those of...

Read More

Cybercrime Still Growing: Phishing and Business Email Compromise Lead The Way

Cybercrime led to $3.5 billion in losses in the U.S. last year, with a sharp uptick in business email compromise scams – which accounted for nearly half those losses, according to a newly released FBI Internet Crime Report, which is based on complaints the FBI received. Donna Gregory, the head of the FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center, emphasizes that the FBI isn’t seeing a ton of new types of fraud but rather criminals using new...

Read More

COVID-19 Ransomware Piles on to Seasonal Spike

Attackers are continuing to use concerns over COVID-19 to distribute ransomware and malware, including for smartphones. The healthcare sector continues to be the largest single target of cybercriminals, and they are exploiting the current situation. Culprits behind such attacks include cybercrime operators looking to make a fast buck as well as nation-states seeking to sow chaos. These attacks are hitting all levels of the U.S. healthcare...

Read More

Health Data Breach Tally: Trends in 2019

As of early December, the HHS “Wall of Shame” shows that 462 major health data breaches affecting a total of nearly 41 million individuals have been logged in 2019. By the numbers: • 272 breaches were reported as hacking/IT incidents, affecting a total of nearly 36 million people, accounting for approximately 88 percent of people affected by breaches. • 136 breaches were reported as “unauthorized access/disclosure” breaches,...

Read More

8 Tips on Giving Patients Access to Their Records

HHS Points to Ways to Improve Compliance With HIPAA Requirements   Under the HIPAA Privacy Rule, patients and their authorized representatives have the right to access their electronic or paper health records. Unfortunately it’s often easier said than done, and federal regulators want that to change. Complaints from patients about the lack of access to their records have remained consistently among the top five issues in HIPAA cases that...

Read More

How Vulnerable Are Your ATMs?

Attackers are increasingly hacking into banks’ networks to gain access to the IT infrastructure connected to their ATMs. They then push malware onto the ATMs that allows a low-level gang member to walk up and enter a preset numerical sequence into the ATM to make it dispense all of its money in what’s known as a “jackpotting” or “cashing out” attack. Such attacks also allow them to steal card data from ATM...

Read More