I, like many of you, catch up on news over morning coffee on the weekend. Starting today, I’m going to post some of the more interesting data-related stories that I found both interesting and helpful in my role as a Chief Information Security Officer (CISO). I strongly suggest you spend a few minutes this weekend (or even Monday morning) to review these important stories during your “off-time.”
RanRan Ransomware being used as a political tool – SC Magazine
A new strain of ransomware, discovered by Palo Alto’s Unit 42 research group, is targeting Middle Eastern organizations, asking victims to post political statements online instead of requesting monetary payments. This is yet another evolution in the methods employed by ransomware-toting criminals that mimic traditional kidnap and ransom tactics. Not saying “I told you so” but…
FBI says surge of ‘ransomware’ phishing hits Boston – Boston Herald
According to an FBI supervisory special agent for the Boston Criminal Cyber Squad, his office is fielding four to five new reports of ransomware every week. What’s more alarming, however, is that not even half of ransomware infections are being reported.
Do you know where your sensitive data lives? – DataGravity.com
One of the biggest challenges organizations face when trying to secure IT environments is a lack of data awareness. Despite all the recent high-profile attacks against well-known enterprises, many companies still don’t know where much of their critical business information exists at any given time.
Paying ransomware attackers perpetuates attacks, says researcher – ComputerWeekly.com
New Cerber Ransomware Variant Released That Keeps Original Filename – BleepingComputer
Researchers found a new sample of the Cerber ransomware that leaves the original filename untouched, only attaching a random extension. The original version would not only encrypt files, but annoyingly encrypt the file names as well.
Data Breach Notification Passes Senate Committee – Los Alamos Daily Post
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