VPN Exposes Data for 1M Users, Leading to Researcher Questioning

Experts warn that virtual private networks are increasingly vulnerable to leaks and attack. Free virtual private network (VPN) service Quickfox, which provides access to Chinese websites from outside the country,…

Candy corn producer says ransomware incident 'not likely' to sour Halloween supplies

Written by Jeff Stone Oct 20, 2021 | CYBERSCOOP A major U.S. candy-maker says it’s returning to service after a ransomware incident in which intruders interrupted operations at some facilities…

CISA says BlackMatter ransomware group behind recent attacks on agriculture companies

CISA, the FBI and NSA officially implicated the BlackMatter ransomware group in the recent attacks on two agriculture companies, confirming the assessments of some security researchers who said the gang…

83% of ransomware victims paid ransom: survey

A new survey of 300 US-based IT decision makers found that 64% have been victims of a ransomware attack in the last 12 months and 83% of attack victims paid…

Feds Warn BlackMatter Ransomware Gang is Poised to Strike

An advisory by the CISA, FBI and NSA reveals hallmark tactics of and shares defense tips against the cybercriminal group that’s picked up where its predecessor DarkSide left off. Federal…

US Authorities Issue BlackMatter Ransomware Alert

US Authorities Issue BlackMatter Ransomware Alert The US authorities have released more details on emerging ransomware group BlackMatter, which it says has already targeted multiple critical infrastructure providers in the…

NSA, DHS shine light on BlackMatter ransomware threat to food industry, demands of up to $15 million

Written by Tim Starks Oct 18, 2021 | CYBERSCOOP A government advisory published Monday warned that BlackMatter ransomware attackers are going after U.S. critical infrastructure, including food and agriculture organizations,…

Accenture lost 'proprietary information' in summer ransomware attack

Written by Tim Starks Oct 18, 2021 | CYBERSCOOP Accenture has acknowledged in a filing to the Securities and Exchange Commission that outsiders extracted “proprietary information” in a cyber incident…

2021 ransomware transactions have already exceed 2020 numbers, Treasury Department says

Written by Tonya Riley Oct 15, 2021 | CYBERSCOOP As of June, financial institutions have already reported 635 suspicious ransomware-related activities to the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network, according to a…

Ransomware demands are up more than 500%, the latest concern for insurers

Written by Jeff Stone Oct 15, 2021 | CYBERSCOOP Ransomware attacks aren’t just becoming more frequent, they’re getting more expensive. Scammers demanded an average payment of $5.3 million from hacking…