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Survey Finds 78% of Risk Managers Now Buying Cyber Insurance

The tenth year of the Zurich North America and Advisen Cyber Survey reveals that 78% of risk managers now purchase some level of cyber insurance — compared to only 34% in 2011. Of this record of 78% with some cyber …

G7 Leaders Vow to Combat Surging Ransomware Attacks Against Financial Services

Financial leaders of the world’s seven biggest economies on Tuesday vowed to fight rising ransomware attacks amid the COVID-19 pandemic, and said no stablecoin operation should start until it is properly regulated. In a joint statement, the finance officials of …

Weighing Effects of Treasury’s Ransomware Pay Warnings on Cyber Victims and Insurers

Recent warnings from the U.S. Treasury about paying ransomware demands are unlikely to substantially change how cyber insurers cover or handle such situations, according to experts. However, the advisories are likely to up the pressure on ransomware victims to make …

U.S. Treasury Warns Cyber Insurers Against Paying Ransomware Demands

The U.S. Treasury Department is warning that individuals or businesses that help facilitate ransomware payments may be violating anti-money laundering and sanctions regulations. The warnings came in a pair of advisories, one from the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) and …

Ex-Security Chief Martin Urges UK to Outlaw Cyber Ransoms

Ciaran Martin, who stepped down as head of the UK’s National Cyber Security Centre this month, will call on Boris Johnson’s government to make it illegal for companies to pay cyber hackers a ransom. “If I had one policy card …

Start of School in Hartford Delayed by Ransomware Attack

One the worst cyberattacks yet against Connecticut’s capital city forced officials to postpone the first day of school Tuesday, disrupting the day for thousands of families as city computer experts rushed to restore systems vital for school operations. Hartford Mayor …

New Ransomware Strains Being Unleashed on Businesses During Pandemic

Ransomware attacks grew by nearly 50 percent in the 2020 second quarter compared to the first three months of the year, underscoring the risks created by pandemic-related work-from-home requirements, a new Coalition report has determined. On top of that trend, …

FBI Thwarts Cyber Attack on Tesla Factory

Elon Musk said on Thursday that Tesla Inc.’s factory in Nevada was a target of a “serious” cybersecurity attack, confirming a media report that claimed an employee of the company helped the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) thwart the attack. …

Homeland Security Reports Ransomware Attack Shut Gas Pipeline Facility for Two Days

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has alerted energy and other infrastructure firms to review their cybersecurity after a ransomware attack interrupted a natural gas compression facility. The attack caused the unidentified pipeline facility to lose access and visibility to …

Judge Finds Ransomware Damage to Computer a ‘Direct Physical Loss’

State Auto Property and Casualty Insurance Co. is liable for the cost of replacing a computer server that was damaged and perhaps permanently compromised by a ransomware attack despite the carrier’s argument that the business owner did not suffer a …