Scattered Spider Boss Cuffed in Spain Boarding a Flight to Italy

June 17, 2024 at 05:26PM The ringleader of cybercrime ring Scattered Spider, responsible for crippling cyberattacks on US companies, was apprehended in Spain at Palma Airport while attempting to travel to Italy. Spanish police confiscated a laptop, phone, and $27 million in Bitcoin. The 22-year-old British national faces over 45 cyberattack charges and was wanted … Read more

MGM says FTC can’t possibly probe its ransomware downfall – watchdog chief Lina Khan was a guest at the time

April 16, 2024 at 04:44PM MGM Resorts has sued the FTC and Chair Lina Khan, seeking to halt an investigation into a ransomware attack on their network. The lawsuit claims a conflict of interest as Khan was a hotel guest during the cyberattack. MGM seeks to end the probe unless Khan is recused and challenges … Read more

Securing helpdesks from hackers: What we can learn from the MGM breach

January 8, 2024 at 10:51AM Organizations must rethink helpdesk security in light of the MGM Resorts hack. Attackers used social engineering to impersonate an employee, bypassed verification systems, and executed a ransomware attack. Helpdesk training, multi-factor authentication, and secure communication channels are crucial for preventing such incidents. Specops Secure Service Desk offers advanced employee verification. … Read more

Stop social engineering at the IT help desk

November 23, 2023 at 04:12AM MGM Resorts International recently fell victim to a costly ransomware attack. Hackers used social engineering tactics to convince an employee to reveal sensitive user credentials, enabling them to bypass cyber security defenses and launch the attack. Similar incidents have occurred, highlighting the challenge of verifying the identity of requesters for … Read more

Scattered Spider Casino Hackers Evade Arrest in Plain Sight

November 17, 2023 at 03:56PM The cybercrime group known as Scattered Spider has been able to successfully attack US organizations without being disrupted or arrested, despite federal law enforcement being aware of their identities for over six months. The FBI and CISA have released an advisory to help organizations defend against Scattered Spider, but it … Read more

FBI pumps ‘significant’ resources into splatting Scattered Spider

November 16, 2023 at 07:19PM The FBI is intensifying efforts to locate members of the Scattered Spider cyber-crime group, responsible for attacking major casinos and conducting network intrusions. The group exfiltrates data and demands payment in exchange for not leaking or selling the information. Several organizations, including MGM Resorts, experienced significant disruptions, resulting in financial … Read more

Identity Alone Won’t Save Us: The TSA Paradigm and MGM’s Hack

November 7, 2023 at 10:04AM The recent cyberattack on MGM Resorts resulted in widespread outages and the compromise of various systems, such as slot machines and payment systems. The attack highlighted the importance of properly managing access and authentication controls. Simply adding more identity products is not the solution. Instead, organizations should focus on authentication, … Read more