FBI and CISA issue holiday ransomware, cyberattack warning
The FBI and the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency issued a warning on Monday to remind organizations to stay alert and take precautions against ransomware and cyberattacks this holiday season.
The government agencies aren’t currently aware of a specific threat but urge both private and public organizations to remain vigilant. They suggest that organizations mandateand ensure that passwords aren’t reused across multiple accounts, along with implementing where possible.
“We know that threat actors don’t take holidays,” CISA Director Jen Easterly said in a release. “We will continue to provide timely and actionable information to help our industry and government partners stay secure and resilient during the holiday season.”
In the past, cybercriminals have seen the holidays as a desirable time to strike, FBI Cyber Assistant Director Bryan Vorndran noted. The FBI and CISA issued a similar warning in August, ahead of Labor Day. Both agencies encourage organizations to report all incidents to the FBI and CISA.