ransomware

There’s Proof That North Korea Launched the WannaCry Attack? Not So Fast! – A Warning Against Premature, Inconclusive, and Distracting Attribution

By James Scott, Sr. Fellow, ICIT Last week, ICIT urged responsible news outlets to focus on meaningful aspects of the May 12, 2017 WannaCry attack on over 230,000 systems in over 150 countries, such as the desperate need for security-by-design in software and technology, the perpetual failure of organizations across the globe to secure their .. read more

ICIT Analysis: America Exposed – Who’s Watching You Through your Computer’s Camera?

Virtually every computer, smartphone, and internet-enabled mobile device has a camera and microphone that can be used by malicious threat actors to surveil and spy on the user. Using malware such as NanoCore RAT and Nuclear RAT 2.0, Cyber Criminals, Script Kiddies, and Nation State APTs can compromise devices and remotely monitor the activities of .. read more

WannaCry Ransomware & The Perils of Shoddy Attribution: It’s the Russians! No Wait, It’s the North Koreans!

By James Scott, Sr. Fellow, ICIT Baseless Attribution Discussions Distract From Meaningful Dialogue It’s the Russians! No, wait, it’s the North Koreans! No, wait it’s…cyber mercenaries posing as PLA hackers moonlighting as cyber mercenaries for the North Korean nation-state? It’s interesting to watch faux experts take such authoritative positions in sinking sand arguments with virtually .. read more

Recommendations for Preventing Ransomware Exploitation

By James Scott, Senior Fellow, Institute for Critical Infrastructure Technology Ever since the WannaCryptor ransomware attack, also known as WannaCry or Wcrypt, began wreaking havoc around the globe, ICIT has received a flood of inquiries from policymakers, governments, and the private sector on how organizations can defend themselves.  ICIT is pleased to provide the following .. read more

ICIT Analysis: How to Crush the Health Sector’s Ransomware Pandemic

The health sector is the most vulnerable, most targeted, and resoundingly least equipped to defend against hackers who are pummeling healthcare organizations with ransomware attacks.   This ransomware epidemic will only become more severe and costly as the infection volume in 2017 will trump infections in 2016. In this post, entitled “How to Crush the .. read more

ICIT Brief: Combatting the Ransomware Blitzkrieg with Endpoint Security

Ransomware, the weaponization of encryption, has struck fear and confusion into the hearts of PC users and critical infrastructure communities alike. While it is impossible for organizations to prevent malware from infecting their networks, those who deploy a multi-layered security strategy and teach proper cybersecurity hygiene to their employees have a strong chance of defending against these .. read more

ICIT Bulletin: Cerber and KeRanger

Cerber and KeRanger are two of the latest Ransomware debacles to catastrophically affect the ill prepared. Once again we are confronted with the reality of our Nation’s lack of cybersecurity hygiene and the need for a more security-centric  culture among technology users. This ICIT Bulletin entitled, “Cerber & KeRanger: The Latest Weaponized Encryption” consolidates an explanation .. read more

The ICIT Ransomware Report: 2016 Will Be the Year Ransomware Holds America Hostage

Institute note: during our non-public soft distribution, we discovered that an incorrect, pre-edited version of this document was distributed. We have since corrected this error.  Our Ransomware Report is available for download below. 2016 is the year ransomware will wreak havoc on America’s critical infrastructure community. The resurgence of these attacks is driven by a growing attack surface .. read more