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For all the hoopla, the biggest question one week after WannaCry is: 'where are all the victims'? (Image courtesy of Martin Spiske. Licensed via Creative Commons.)

The WannaCry Missing: Federal Systems, Consumers

In-brief: One week after the WannaCry ransomware knocked out hospitals in the UK and subway fare systems in Germany, the malware is as notable for who it didn’t affect for who it did. Among those spared WannaCry’s wrath: federal IT systems in the U.S. as well as consumers. But why?

Focusing on WannaCry, the ransomware delivered in last week's attacks, misses the point.

WannaCry: What’s in a name? Confusion | Digital Guardian

In-brief: focusing on WannaCry, the ransomware delivered in last week’s attacks, misses the point. Organizations weren’t done in by the shoddy malware, but by a class-A offensive cyber weapon known as EternalBlue. Editor’s Note: this blog is cross posted from Digital Guardian’s Data Insider blog.  

President Donald Trump on Thursday signed a cyber security executive order, calling for a top-down review of cyber readiness, investment in "consolidated" IT systems and accountability from federal agency heads for breaches and other security lapses.

Mush and Muscle: Mixed Reaction to Trump’s Executive Order on Cyber

In-brief: President Donald Trump made good on a long-held campaign promise Thursday, signing a tough-talking executive order to strengthen the cyber security of federal networks. But experts worry that the Order comes with too few specifics.

The FBI warned about business email compromise attacks, which have cost businesses in the U.S. an estimated $1.6 billion since 2013.

FBI: Business Email Compromise is a $5 Billion Industry

In-brief: the FBI is warning the public to beware of business email compromise attacks, saying that they have cost U.S. businesses more than $1.6 billion in losses since 2013. 

The Billion Dollar Headache: Sophisticated Ransomware takes aim at Small Business

The Billion Dollar Headache: Sophisticated Ransomware takes aim at Small Business

In-brief: in the latest Security Ledger podcast, Editor in Chief Paul Roberts speaks with Lior Div of the firm Cybereason and Brian NeSmith of the firm Arctic Wolf about the growing sophistication of ransomware attacks and platforms and how scammers are targeting small businesses and non-profits.