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UK Conservatives Say 'No' to Cyber Insurance Backstop

Data Breach Today

Committee Chairs Accuses UK of Favoring an 'Ostrich Strategy' For Ransomware The Conservative government of British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak says it won't champion a reinsurance plan for cyber insurance similar to flood insurance, telling a parliamentary committee it doesn't want to "damage competition."

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Cyber Insurers Pledge to Help Reduce Ransom Payments

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Firms Back New Guidance for Victims From UK's National Cyber Security Centre A coalition of cyber insurance associations has pledged to back fresh government cybersecurity guidance designed to help victims avoid ever paying a ransom, as part of an ongoing push to reduce ransomware's profitability for criminals in part by improving organizations' resilience (..)

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US Government to Study Cyber Insurance Backstop

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Cyber Insurers Limit Financial Exposure While Risk Grows The Department of Treasury and the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Agency are soliciting comments on whether risks to critical infrastructure from a catastrophic cyber attack - and the concurrent potential for ruinous financial exposure by insurers - should lead to a new federal approach.

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Cyber Insurance: Higher Premiums, Limited Coverage

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GAO Report Summarizes Market Trends The increasing number of cyberthreats, especially ransomware attacks, is leading some cyber insurers to raise premiums and limit some coverage in hard-hit sectors, such as healthcare and education, according to a report from the Government Accountability Office.

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Ransomware: Should Governments Hack Cybercrime Cartels?

Data Breach Today

Banning Ransom Payments and Unleashing Offensive Hacking Teams Being Mooted With ransomware continuing to fuel a massive surge in illicit profits, some experts have been calling on governments to launch offensive hacking teams to target cybercrime cartels.

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U.S. Secret Service: “Massive Fraud” Against State Unemployment Insurance Programs

Krebs on Security

A well-organized Nigerian crime ring is exploiting the COVID-19 crisis by committing large-scale fraud against multiple state unemployment insurance programs, with potential losses in the hundreds of millions of dollars, according to a new alert issued by the U.S. Secret Service.

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Insurance and Ransomware

Schneier on Security

Here’s one more contribution to that issue: a research paper that the insurance industry is hurting more than it’s helping. Although it is a societal problem, cyber insurers have received considerable criticism for facilitating ransom payments to cybercriminals.

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