Many cybercrime victims are repeatedly attacked by the same hackers

On average, one in two companies worldwide have suffered multiple attacks from the same hacking group, a new report from AtlasVPN claims. What’s more, almost two-thirds (61 percent) of those attacked did not remediate the flaws that made them vulnerable, making the criminals’ jobs that much easier. Of all the companies, those in the UK seem to be suffering the …

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Majority of ransomware victims are hit with a second attack after paying up

It does not pay to cave in to the demands of ransomware attackers, a new report from cybersecurity firm Cybereason argues. Polling 1,300 security professionals around the world, the company found that 84 percent of businesses that decided to pay the ransom suffered a second attack. In more than half of cases, they were attacked by the same threat actors …

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More ransomware victims are refusing to meet demands

The number of ransomware victims happy to pay the ransom in order to get their data back is in decline, resulting in the average ransom payment falling both quarter-over-quarter and year-on-year. This is according to a new report from Coveware, which states that many criminals do not keep their word by deleting stolen data once the ransom has been paid. …

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SolarWinds hackers also used brute force password techniques to breach victims

While the majority of victims of the SolarWinds supply chain attack were breached through the compromised Orion update, some had their perimeters breached via brute force password techniques. According to a recently updated advisory from the US Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), the SolarWinds attackers didn’t always rely on the poisoned Orion update as the initial access vector. “CISA …

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ICO warns SolarWinds victims they must report any related breaches

The UK data privacy watchdog, the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO), is warning businesses that were potentially breached through a compromised SolarWinds Orion patch that they are obliged to report the incident within three days of its discovery. In a statement published on the ICO website, the regulator stated that all businesses that used the compromised version of the Orion IT …

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IT giants VMware, Cisco confirmed as victims of SolarWinds hack

Cisco and VMware have emerged as the latest confirmed victims of the high-profile SolarWinds hack, in line with previous reports that tech companies make up a large proportion of those affected. According to Bloomberg, Cisco moved quickly to eliminate the threat and is confident that its products have not been compromised. “At this time, there is no known impact to …

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Microsoft says it has identified over 40 victims of SolarWinds hack

Microsoft has managed to identify more than 40 victims of the Solorigate / SUNBURST malware, the firm claims. Using data collected from its free Windows Defender cybersecurity tool, it found that while infected US government agencies may be the most headline-grabbing victims, they represent only a small portion of affected organizations. The majority of the companies are tech firms that …

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