Maria Korolov

Contributing Writer

Maria Korolov has been covering emerging technology and emerging markets for the past twenty years. She has reported from Russia, India, and Afghanistan, and recently returned to the United States after running a news bureau in China for five years

Report: Average ransomware demand now over $1,000

Report: Average ransomware demand now over $1,000

The average amount of a ransomware demand has increased from $294 in 2015 to $1,077 last year, according to a new report by Symantec.

Criminals turning to fraudulent gift cards

Criminals turning to fraudulent gift cards

As retailers and other businesses increase security measures to prevent the use of gift cards purchased with stolen credit card numbers, cyber criminals have been focusing on fraudulent gift cards, according to a report released this...

Automated mitigation on endpoint devices and networks can be tricky

Automated mitigation on endpoint devices and networks can be tricky

Many companies have automated systems in place for preventing, detecting, and investigating security incidents, but automating the incident response and mitigation process for networks and endpoint devices has been a tougher nut to...

Security automation is maturing, but many firms not ready for adoption

Security automation is maturing, but many firms not ready for adoption

The security automation industry is still in its infancy, with most vendors just a year or two old, but there are already some promising technologies that enterprises can put to use - if they have already laid the required ground work....

Cyberespionage, ransomware big gainers in new Verizon breach report

Cyberespionage, ransomware big gainers in new Verizon breach report

Verizon released its tenth annual breach report this morning, and cyberespionage and ransomware were the big gainers in 2016. Cyberspionage accounted for 21 percent of cases analyzed, up from 13 percent last year, and was the most...

Most employees willing to share sensitive information, survey says

Most employees willing to share sensitive information, survey says

According to an end user security survey released this morning, 72 percent of employees are willing to share confidential information. In the financial services sector, the percentage was even higher -- 81 percent said they should...

Report: Cybercriminals prefer Skype, Jabber, and ICQ

Report: Cybercriminals prefer Skype, Jabber, and ICQ

The most popular instant messaging platforms with cyber criminals are Skype, Jabber and ICQ, according to a new report released this morning. Meanwhile, consumer-grade platforms like AOL Instant Messenger and Yahoo IM have fallen out...

InfoSec pros feel less external pressure, take security more personally

InfoSec pros feel less external pressure, take security more personally

Security professionals are feeling less pressure from management, less pressure to approve IT projects early, and are less worried about emerging technologies, according to a survey released this morning. But they are also putting...

Don't pay ransoms. But if you must, here's where to buy the Bitcoins

Don't pay ransoms. But if you must, here's where to buy the Bitcoins

Ransomware grew into a $1 billion industry last year, and ransom payments now account for nearly 10 percent of the entire Bitcoin economy. Avoiding becoming part of that statistic requires good endpoint security and effective backups....

McAfee is once again an independent company

McAfee is once again an independent company

Famed anti-virus vendor McAfee is an independent company again as the sale of the majority of the firm to private equity firm TPG became final this morning. All current McAfee personnel, including research analysts, sales teams and...

Report: Criminals find profit rates of up to 95 percent with DDoS attacks

Report: Criminals find profit rates of up to 95 percent with DDoS attacks

The emergence of the DDoS-as-a-service industry has lowered the costs for attacks to $25 or less, allowing criminals with no technical expertise to reach profit margins of up to 95 percent, according to a report released last week

After Amazon outage, HealthExpense worries about cloud lock-in

After Amazon outage, HealthExpense worries about cloud lock-in

Financial services companies as popular targets of cybercriminals for the obvious reason -- they're where the money's at. And health care companies have medical records, which are very valuable on the black market since the...

Bitcoin rise fuels social media scams

Bitcoin rise fuels social media scams

The price of a single Bitcoin passed that of an ounce of gold for the first time this month, and scammers were quick to get in on the action with Ponzi schemes and phishing sites spread via social media.

Infosec mourns over Howard Schmidt, who helped make the country a safer place

Infosec mourns over Howard Schmidt, who helped make the country a safer place

Howard Schmidt advised both President Brack Obama and George W. Bush on cybersecurity. He was a CSO at Microsoft and a CISO at eBay. He led several industry groups, and wrote books on cybersecurity. But when security professionals...

Five Terminator movies have taught us nothing

Five Terminator movies have taught us nothing

In a new study of leading robot manufacturers, most had serious security vulnerabilities which could allow hackers to take over and reprogram the robots to spy on their owners, cause property damage, or even attack humans.

Microservices offer speed and flexibility, but at a price

Microservices offer speed and flexibility, but at a price

The benefits of microservices include speed to market, lower costs, and greater flexibility -- but microservices also come with their own set of security and management challenges.

Global cybercrime prosecution a patchwork of alliances

Global cybercrime prosecution a patchwork of alliances

Global efforts to combat cybercrime are built on a patchwork of alliances, taskforces and personal relationships.

New financial regulations go into effect in New York

New financial regulations go into effect in New York

On March 1, new regulations go into effect in New York State, requiring that all regulated financial services institutions have a cybersecurity program in place, appoint a Chief Information Security Officer, and monitor the...

Healthcare firms plan to increase security spending

Healthcare firms plan to increase security spending

After several high-profile breaches over the past couple of years, the healthcare industry plans to increase its spending on IT security more than other sectors.

'Tis the season to watch out for W-2 phishing scams

'Tis the season to watch out for W-2 phishing scams

Earlier this month, the IRS sent out an urgent alert warning employers that this W-2 phishing scam had spread beyond the corporate world to other sectors, including school districts, tribal organizations and nonprofits

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