Former joke ransomware now a genuine threat
Fortinet reports that a new version of DeathRansom, a ransomware strain that previously only pretended to encrypt a user's files, now uses a working encryption scheme and has been spreading online through phishing emails. Researchers say the ransomware's author appears to be Egor Nedugov, a Russian malware operator who has been selling stolen user credentials for years.
Muni market prepares for cyberattacks amid U.S.-Iran tension
A quiet unease is hanging over the municipal bond market as participants wait for a potential retaliation against U.S. interests that may include cyberattacks against the financial services industry after the strike that killed Iranian Gen. Qassem Soleimani in Iraq. The Multi-State Information Sharing & Analysis Center MS-ISAC raised its cyber threat alert level to blue (guarded) on Tuesday.
DHS warns of potential digital attack by Iran
The Department of Homeland Security has issued a bulletin warning the U.S. to prepare for a possible cyberattack by Iran that could disrupt critical infrastructure. While no specific, credible threats are known, DHS said that given Iran's "robust cyber program," an attack would not be unexpected in the aftermath of the killing of Gen. Qassem Soleimani, and Americans should back up data and upgrade log-in credentials.