Protecting Your Company From a Cybersecurity Meltdown (or Spectre)

The following blog was written and posted by Willis Towers Watson, February 22, 2018. The latest threat to cybersecurity isn’t a new form of ransomware — it’s a pair of hardware bugs that have the ability to impact virtually any device that has a chip in it – including servers, desktops and mobile devices. These infiltrators, […]

Spotlight on Ransomware: Recent Trends

Kivu rounded out the calendar year with a holiday season bursting with ransomware attacks. Here’s the good, the bad and the ugly on what we’re seeing in recent attacks (really just the bad and the ugly). Extension-Agnostic Ransomware Traditionally, ransomware encrypts files based on their file extensions. Most ransomware contains source code with a list […]

Bitcoin Ransom Demands Skyrocket

Bloomberg discusses with Winston Krone how Bitcoin eased the way for ransomware attacks and how his firm, Kivu Consulting, has teams of multi-lingual investigators trained to negotiate with hackers or ensure clients aren’t dealing with a terrorist group, which can run afoul of U.S. laws. Read the full article here: Bitcoin Intensifies Pain for Some as […]

2017 is the Year Of the Phishing Attack

Kivu’s Douglas Brush sits down with David Navetta, breach coach From Norton Rose Fulbright, to speak about incident response for the Cyber Security Interviews Podcast. Douglas Brush, Director from Kivu’s Denver, CO office is the founder and host of the Cyber Security Interviews podcast. He recently published an episode with David Navetta, US co-chair of Norton […]

Ransomware-as-a-Service (RaaS)

There have been whispers on the dark web about “Ransomware-as-a-Service (RaaS)” as far back as 2015, but Kivu had its first known RaaS case in March 2017. In this case, the client’s terminal server was infected with Satan ransomware. The Satan ransomware strain is a known RaaS variant that encrypts the victim’s files with the […]

Kivu is honored to be nominated in two categories of Advisen’s 2017 Cyber Risk Awards

These nominations reflect Kivu’s combination of rapid response, cutting-edge technology, highly skilled and deeply experienced experts and class leading customer service. As Advisen’s Cyber Risk Awards recognize the P&C insurance industry’s most influential cyber risk professionals, we are proud to be nominated not once, but twice: Cyber Risk Event Response Team of the Year Cyber […]

Kivu Supports Endurance’s New Cyber Extortion Response Services

Kivu will be providing the technical forensics support for Endurance’s recently launched Cyber Extortion Response Services.  Working with the law firm Mullen Coughlin, Kivu will guide ransomware victims as they respond to malicious attacks, including arranging for payment in Bitcoin or other cryptocurrency, analyzing and testing decryption keys to ensure they are effectively and safely […]