"Shell uses this appliance to securely transfer large data files"
when will these turkeys realise that there's no such thing as security on the internet?
Royal Dutch Shell is the latest corporation to be attacked by the Clop ransomware gang. The extortionists siphoned sensitive documents from a software system used by the oil giant, and have now leaked online some of the data – notably a selection of workers' passport and visa scans – to chivy the corporation along to cough up a …
It's not quite that easy.
scp copies from a client to a server or downloads in the opposite direction. In the scenario here, you have two clients sitting in their respective networks behind their respective firewalls and none of them is running a publicly accessible ssh server on their machines - or at least they shouldn't be.
So it's back to the basic problem of needing an intermediary platform accessible to both clients and having a publicly accessible and attackable server. Of course, https only access and strong credentials would be required and this is where these solutions sometimes falls over.
‘Shell has been impacted by a data security incident involving Accellion’s File Transfer Appliance. Shell uses this appliance to securely transfer large data files."’
Its clearly not secure
But the user license agreement should of given a clue to this minor detail, which basically might as well say “provided as is, use at your own risk” etc etc
Feature US and European cops, prosecutors, and NGOs recently convened a two-day workshop in the Hague to discuss how to respond to the growing scourge of ransomware.
"Only by working together with key law enforcement and prosecutorial partners in the EU can we effectively combat the threat that ransomware poses to our society," said US assistant attorney general Kenneth Polite, Jr, in a canned statement.
Earlier this month, at the annual RSA Conference, this same topic was on cybersecurity professionals' minds – and lips.
Windows and Linux systems are coming under attack by new variants of the HelloXD ransomware that includes stronger encryption, improved obfuscation and an additional payload that enables threat groups to modify compromised systems, exfiltrate files and execute commands.
The new capabilities make the ransomware, first detected in November 2021 - and the developer behind it even more dangerous - according to researchers with Palo Alto Networks' Unit 42 threat intelligence group. Unit 42 said the HelloXD ransomware family is in its initial stages but it's working to track down the author.
"While the ransomware functionality is nothing new, during our research, following the lines, we found out the ransomware is most likely developed by a threat actor named x4k," the researchers wrote in a blog post.
QNAP is warning users about another wave of DeadBolt ransomware attacks against its network-attached storage (NAS) devices – and urged customers to update their devices' QTS or QuTS hero operating systems to the latest versions.
The latest outbreak – detailed in a Friday advisory – is at least the fourth campaign by the DeadBolt gang against the vendor's users this year. According to QNAP officials, this particular run is encrypting files on NAS devices running outdated versions of Linux-based QTS 4.x, which presumably have some sort of exploitable weakness.
The previous attacks occurred in January, March, and May.
Two of the more prolific cybercriminal groups, which in the past have deployed such high-profile ransomware families as Conti, Ryuk, REvil and Hive, have started adopting the BlackCat ransomware-as-as-service (RaaS) offering.
The use of the modern Rust programming language to stabilize and port the code, the variable nature of RaaS, and growing adoption by affiliate groups all increase the chances that organizations will run into BlackCat – and have difficulty detecting it – according to researchers with the Microsoft 365 Defender Threat Intelligence Team.
In an advisory this week, Microsoft researchers noted the myriad capabilities of BlackCat, but added the outcome is always the same: the ransomware is deployed, files are stolen and encrypted, and victims told to either pay the ransom or risk seeing their sensitive data leaked.
A state-sponsored Chinese threat actor has used ransomware as a distraction to help it conduct electronic espionage, according to security software vendor Secureworks.
The China-backed group, which Secureworks labels Bronze Starlight, has been active since mid-2021. It uses an HUI loader to install ransomware, such as LockFile, AtomSilo, Rook, Night Sky and Pandora. But cybersecurity firm Secureworks asserts that ransomware is probably just a distraction from the true intent: cyber espionage.
"The ransomware could distract incident responders from identifying the threat actors' true intent and reduce the likelihood of attributing the malicious activity to a government-sponsored Chinese threat group," the company argues.
In brief A Japanese contractor working in the city of Amagasaki, near Osaka, reportedly mislaid a USB drive containing personal data on the metropolis's 460,000 residents.
Carnival Cruise Lines will cough up more than $6 million to end two separate lawsuits filed by 46 states in the US after sensitive, personal information on customers and employees was accessed in a string of cyberattacks.
A couple of years ago, as the coronavirus pandemic was taking hold, the Miami-based biz revealed intruders had not only encrypted some of its data but also downloaded a collection of names and addresses; Social Security info, driver's license, and passport numbers; and health and payment information of thousands of people in almost every American state.
It all started to go wrong more than a year prior, as the cruise line became aware of suspicious activity in May 2019. This apparently wasn't disclosed until 10 months later, in March 2020.
Matt Ramberg is the vice president of information security at Sanmina, a sprawling electronics manufacturer with close to 60 facilities in 20 countries on six continents and some 35,000 employees spread across the world.
Like most enterprises, Sanmina, a big name in contract manufacturing, is also adapting to a new IT environment. The 42-year-old Fortune 500 company, with fiscal year 2021 revenue of more than $6.76 billion, was an early and enthusiastic adopter of the cloud, taking its first step into Google Cloud in 2009.
With manufacturing sites around the globe, it also is seeing its technology demands stretch out to the edge.
Column Sixteen years ago, British mathematician Clive Humby came up with the aphorism "data is the new oil".
Rather than something that needed to be managed, Humby argued data could be prospected, mined, refined, productized, and on-sold – essentially the core activities of 21st century IT. Yet while data has become a source of endless bounty, its intrinsic value remains difficult to define.
That's a problem, because what cannot be valued cannot be insured. A decade ago, insurers started looking at offering policies to insure data against loss. But in the absence of any methodology for valuing that data, the idea quickly landed in the "too hard" basket.
Zscaler is growing the machine-learning capabilities of its zero-trust platform and expanding it into the public cloud and network edge, CEO Jay Chaudhry told devotees at a conference in Las Vegas today.
Along with the AI advancements, Zscaler at its Zenith 2022 show in Sin City also announced greater integration of its technologies with Amazon Web Services, and a security management offering designed to enable infosec teams and developers to better detect risks in cloud-native applications.
In addition, the biz also is putting a focus on the Internet of Things (IoT) and operational technology (OT) control systems as it addresses the security side of the network edge. Zscaler, for those not aware, makes products that securely connect devices, networks, and backend systems together, and provides the monitoring, controls, and cloud services an organization might need to manage all that.
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