U.S. and UK officials are taking a more aggressive approach toward Russian cyber crime by publicly naming and shaming Russian Military Intelligence (GRU) for destructive and undermining criminal actions in cyber space.    The U.S. Department of Justice announced the indictment of seven GRU-related individuals for cyber-crimes that included hacking, ...

When accountability is used as innovation, it not only drives social change but also helps solve seemingly intractable problems. Cybersecurity is an industry that can desperately use a dose of accountability-as-innovation – and there are plenty of examples in U.S. industry it could follow. Take CVS, for instance. In the ...

The range of ferocious offensive cyber attacks by revisionist and rogue powers in recent years makes clear that the U.S. and its allies are fully enmeshed in the third generation of cyber conflict. Both the public and private sectors must elevate their responses accordingly. The first generation of cyber conflict kicked ...

Just as criminals conduct business in the dark allies of cities, they also trade in illicit products such as drugs, guns, and counterfeit documents through online bazaars hidden behind anonymizing technology in a place known as the darknet. Last month, law enforcement agencies led by U.S. and Dutch authorities took ...

On July 20, 2017, U.S. and European law enforcement authorities announced they had jointly taken down two major darknet marketplace sites: AlphaBay and Hansa. These sites, which aspire to operate in the shadows beyond the reach of national and international police forces and organizations, present a significant risk to national ...

On July 5, Thai police arrested a man in Bangkok named Alexandre Cazes, a 26-year-old Canadian, for running an expansive online criminal bazaar called AlphaBay. Previously only known to law enforcement by his online moniker DeSnake, Cazes reportedly made the mistake of using his personal Hotmail email address to communicate ...

With cybercrime expected to reach costs nearing $2 trillion by 2019, firms are urgently seeking ways to better defend their networks from the harmful impacts of embarrassing leaks and disruptive extortion. The Cipher Brief spoke with Justin Harvey, the Managing Director and Global Lead at Accenture Security’s Incident Response Practice, ...

The risk of attack or theft from cyber-enabled actors has been made extremely clear to both private businesses and governments. The last few years have demonstrated that any connected device – be it a computer, a phone, or even a car – can be hacked by someone. Often the response ...

As more and more business is conducted online and cyber criminals target in on a very lucrative market, both the public and private sector face increasing cybersecurity risks.  The Cipher Brief sat down with Scott Keoseyan, the leader for Deloitte’s Cyber Threat Analysis and Research Teams, and Keith Brogan, a ...

Whether it’s your phone, your computer, TV, or even a refrigerator, all those connected devices that we depend on in our daily lives have become targets for an ever-growing cadre of cyber criminals.  The Cipher Brief spoke with two Flashpoint officials, Chief Scientist Lance James and Subject Matter Expert Vitali ...

Observers around the world were shocked when news broke about a major bank heist in Bangladesh. This was no ordinary robbery though – this time, the thieves stole tens of millions of dollars by exploiting a flaw in the SWIFT network—an internationally recognized code for banks. The cyber-oriented nature of ...

Cyber threats pose a challenge to banks and firms operating in the financial sector, primarily due to the fact that “vulnerability really exists everywhere,” both on the technological side and the business side, says Michael Orozco, Managing Director in Accenture Strategy Security. To help improve security in the financial sector, ...

In February, Hollywood Presbyterian Hospital very publicly paid $17,000 to regain access to its files after being infected with a type of malware called ransomware. As the name suggests, ransomware encrypts all files on a computer until the victim pays a ransom to the attacker. This hack, though limited in ...

Healthcare providers represent an attractive target for hackers due to the wealth of information they store about their patients. The Cipher Brief Spoke to Greg Porter, founder of information security consulting firm Allegheny Digital, about the nature of the cyber-threat for the healthcare industry. He says that healthcare providers should ...

On February 5th, Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center lost access to its computers after being infected with ransomware – a type of malware that hold files hostage until a ransom is paid. Eventually, the hospital paid $17,000 to regain control of its systems, and started a national dialogue about cybersecurity in ...