Talking Cyber-Terrorism and ISIS with Morgan Wright

U.S. Cyber Command has its “first wartime assignment” in the fight against ISIS, Secretary of Defense Ashton Cater told an audience at the Center for Strategic and International Studies last Tuesday. That cyber fight includes techniques to disrupt the group’s ability to communicate, organize and finance its operations. On the same day, head of U.S. Cyber Command Admiral Michael… Read More

Talking MedStar, Ransomware and Healthcare with Arbor Networks’ Dan Holden

On Monday, March 28, MedStar Health was hit with a variant of ransomware known as Samas or “samsam.” The healthcare provider, which operates 10 hospitals and employs more than 30,000 people, quickly shut down all system interfaces. Communicating and scheduling became difficult. Staff reverted to paper records. Some patients had to be turned away. Thus… Read More

Podcast: Panama Papers, Never-Ending Ransomware and New Cyber Legislation

A new episode of the SurfWatch Cyber Risk Roundup has been posted, Episode 65: Panama Papers, Never-Ending Ransomware and New Cyber Legislation: This week saw a massive leak of 11.5 million documents from Panamanian law firm Mossack Fonseca, and that information is impacting politicians, business leaders and entertainers across the world. Among the week’s other… Read More

Ransomware Making Headlines In Early 2016

In early 2015, the FBI issued a warning about the rise of ransomware attacks, noting that “there’s been a definite uptick lately in its use by cybercriminals.” A year after that warning we’re seeing a new surge in attacks, and concern over ransomware has risen sharply in the first quarter of 2016. Last year, the FBI explained… Read More

Cybercriminals are Increasingly Targeting Personal Info, Says Report

Cybercriminals have shifted their focus away from stealing payment card data in favor of targeting personal information and directly extorting victims, according to a new report from SurfWatch Labs. The trends aren’t surprising, said SurfWatch Labs chief security strategist Adam Meyer, who discussed the report on this week’s Cyber Chat podcast. Cybercrime is a business, and malicious actors gravitate towards the process that gives… Read More

Podcast: Anonymous Gets Political, Employees Selling Passwords and Latest Cybercrime Lawsuits

A new episode of the SurfWatch Cyber Risk Roundup has been posted, Episode 64: Anonymous Gets Political, Employees Selling Passwords and Latest Cybercrime Lawsuits: The hacking collective Anonymous made headlines by threatening to target Republican front runners Donald Trump and Ted Cruz. A large DDoS attack took down Swedish newspapers. Other trending events include more… Read More