Was it a clever ploy for notoriety? While their motivations remain unclear, one of the hackers who stole and returned hundreds of millions in cryptocurrencies received a job offer from their victim. Read on for our thoughts on this calculated development and other ways to keep your company and personal data safe.
Depending on the laws in play, this may all be a ruse to reveal Mr. White Hat's identity for prosecution. Even if the company doesn’t want to prosecute, they may not have the final say, and law enforcement may intervene. – Scott Walsh, Senior Engineer
Sometimes hiding in plain sight is easy — the more normal your communications look, the harder it can be to detect if they’re malicious. Morse code is well established but not widely used; the encoded information is in plain sight but can be easily overlooked because defenders aren’t looking for something that was popular last century. Security is like pinball; you can never win, you only keep playing. – Scott Walsh, Senior Engineer
Very few things are more critical to an individual than protecting their families’ retirement. Unfortunately, retirement accounts are a massive target for bad actors. Utilizing a password manager to keep your passwords unique and secure and enabling two-factor authentication (not via text!) to access your accounts is an extremely easy, low-cost way to protect your future. – Ross Warren, Production Underwriter
All industries, even large insurance companies that provide cyber insurance coverage, are vulnerable to ransomware attacks. And it’s only going to get worse. In order to step up defenses, companies should focus on training employees to be vigilant, enable MFA, segment data, test backups often, and ensure role-based network access and service level restriction. – Kirsten Mickelson, Claims Counsel
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