Tag Archives: ransomware

Government Website to Serve as One-Stop Hub for Ransomware Resources; DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas Quoted

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The departments of Justice (DOJ) and Homeland Security (DHS) have unveiled a new website to serve as a central hub of federal cybersecurity resources to help U.S. companies and public sector organizations protect their networks from ransomware attacks. Attorney General Merrick Garland said DOJ is working to bring all tools to counter ransomware attacks through the Ransomware and Digital Extortion Task Force.

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Biden Administration Mulls Ransomware Attack Response; Press Secretary Jen Psaki Quoted

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President Biden met with his administration's national security team to develop plans addressing the ransomware attacks perceived to be initiated by hackers from Russia. White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki did not indicate if the administration is linking the Russian government or criminal actors to the attacks, the recent casualty of which was information technology company Kaseya.

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FBI Works With CISA to Respond to Kesaya Ransomware Attack

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The FBI has called on organizations to follow Kaseya’s guidance and perform all recommended mitigation measures as it continues to coordinate with the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) in response to a ransomware attack against managed service providers and their clients involving a vulnerability in Kaseya VSA software.

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Think Tank Finds Governors Mostly Use National Guard Cyber Response for Ransomware Cases

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Third Way, a public policy think tank, said state governors have asked for the National Guard's assistance to respond to ransomware, more often than to other types of cyberattacks. The National Guard has supported state cybersecurity efforts since 2018, with 23 of the 41 recorded cases being related to ransomware, the think tank said Monday.

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Cyber Nominees Chris Inglis, Jen Easterly Talk Ransomware at Senate Confirmation Hearing

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Chris Inglis, the Biden administration’s nominee for the role of national cyber director, and Jen Easterly, the president’s pick to lead the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), both described ransomware as a “scourge” that poses a threat to national security and suggested ways on how to protect critical infrastructure during a Senate confirmation hearing Thursday.

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CISA Issues Fact Sheet to Protect Operational Tech From Cyber Attacks

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The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) has released a document to help organizations secure operational technology and control systems from ransomware threats. CISA said Wednesday that it advises organizations to develop manual controls that can maintain critical processes and industrial control systems amid ransomware risks.

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NCCoE Drafts Document to Guide Ransomware Risk Management

National Cybersecurity

The National Cybersecurity Center of Excellence (NCCoE) has issued a draft report made to help organizations manage risks related to ransomware attacks. NCCoE's Cybersecurity Framework Profile for Ransomware Risk Management draft defines security objectives to help parties prevent, address and recover from ransomware attacks, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) said Thursday.

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Law Enforcement Officials Retrieve $2.3M in Ransomware Payments From Colonial Pipeline Hackers; Paul Abbate Quoted

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Officials from the FBI and the Department of Justice (DOJ) announced Monday the recovery of $2.3 million in bitcoin paid to a group of cyber hackers responsible for the ransomware attack on Colonial Pipeline. Paul Abbate, deputy director of the FBI, said agents identified the digital currency wallet used by the DarkSide group to collect ransomware payments from the oil company.

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FBI Director Christopher Wray Calls for Coordination to Fight Ransomware Attacks

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FBI Director Christopher Wray said the bureau was investigating approximately 100 various types of ransomware and the recent attacks on oil and meat processing companies accounted for only a fraction of those types of ransomware. He highlighted the importance of coordination between companies and law enforcement authorities in identifying those behind the attacks and finding ways to counter threat actors.

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Report: DHS to Issue Two Cybersecurity Directives for Pipeline Companies; Sarah Peck Quoted

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The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is set to release cybersecurity regulations for pipeline companies in response to a ransomware attack on Colonial Pipeline that resulted in fuel shortages in the southeastern U.S. The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) at DHS will issue this week a directive that would require pipeline operators to report cyber incidents to TSA and the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA). 

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