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.
How can a supercomputer help enterprise security teams respond to today's evolving threat landscape? Martin Borrett of IBM and Ronan Murphy of Smarttech discuss the promise and impact of Watson for Cyber Security.
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.
When asked, "What's your container strategy?" the majority of CISOs will respond by asking: "What's a container?" So says Tenable's Gavin Millard, who sees ongoing confusion about how containers can help organizations not only move to the cloud but stay secure, provided they're correctly managed.
Rapid patching and adoption of updated software has long been a "must do" security imperative. But as WannaCry demonstrated, many organizations have yet to master the patch-management challenge, says Jack Huffard, president and COO of Tenable.
What factors are security leaders weighing today when making decisions about investments to protect their organizations tomorrow? Neustar's Joseph Loveless comments on results of ISMG's new Strategic Cybersecurity Investments Study.
A former Qualys customer for more than a decade, Mark Butler is now the company's CISO. And one of his jobs is to help spread the word to other security leaders about the vendor's vulnerability management solutions.
Defense starts with awareness. And Dr. Paul Vixie of Farsight Security says awareness begins with tactical observations that can be gleaned from scanning Internet traffic. Vixie details how real-time contextual data can bolster security.
Members of Parliament in Britain have had their remote email access suspended following an apparent brute-force hack attempt aimed at exploiting weak passwords to gain access to their accounts. Officials say fewer than 90 email accounts appear to have been breached.
As threat actors refine their attacks and their automation, potential victims need to find new ways to scale up their cybersecurity to defend against these threats. Imperva CTO Amichai Shulman discusses how.