Asokan is a U.K.-based senior correspondent for Information Security Media Group's global news desk. She previously worked with IDG and other publications, reporting on developments in technology, minority rights and education.
The U.K. telecom regulatory Ofcom faces "significant challenges" in implementing the newly passed Online Safety Act, which is intended to protect children from online harm, says analysis by the House of Commons Committee of Public Accounts.
A Finnish hacker on trial for his alleged role in the hack and leak of mental patient notes taken during psychotherapy sessions has vanished. A Finnish court on Friday ordered Aleksanteri Tomminpoika Kivimäki back into jail. He was under home detention at the time of his disappearance.
An apparent leak of internal documents from a Chinese hacking contractor paints a picture of a disaffected, poorly paid workforce that nonetheless penetrated multiple regional governments and possibly NATO. Multiple experts told Information Security Media Group the documents appear to be legitimate.
An international law enforcement operation that infiltrated ransomware-as-a-service operation LockBit has resulted in arrests, indictments and the seizure of encryption keys that can be used to help victims recover their data. LockBit emerged in 2019 and was one of the largest ransomware operations.
An international law enforcement operation seized the infrastructure of Russian-speaking cybercriminal group LockBit, a prolific ransomware-as-a-service operation, marking the latest in a series of digital takedowns. The group's dark web leak site now displays a seizure notice.
A European court has sided with a Russian petitioner who challenged a Kremlin rule that requires telecom firms to backdoor their servers for law enforcement data collection. The court found that end-to-end encryption is essential to preserving the right to privacy in digital communication systems.
Two key European Parliament committees accepted a political compromise that aims to govern how trading bloc countries develop and deploy artificial intelligence. The regulation is set to become the globe's first comprehensive regulation concerning AI.
Takedowns aren't always forever in cyberspace. Months after a U.S. law enforcement operation dismantled the notorious Qakbot botnet, security researchers said signs are pointing to a resurgence. Someone with access to the Qakbot - also known as Qbot - source code is experimenting with new builds.
Large language models may boost the capabilities of novice hackers but are of little use to threat actors past their salad days, concludes a British governmental evaluation. "There may be a limited number of tasks in which use of currently deployed LLMs could increase the capability of a novice."
The Dominican Republic earlier this month extradited to France a suspected administrator of now-defunct encrypted messaging service EncroChat. The extradition is the latest in a series of actions European authorities have been taking against EncroChat users since authorities penetrated its network.
Meta-owned online marketplaces are swarming with scammers who use deceptive ads to defraud banking customers, fraud prevention heads at leading British banks testified before a U.K. Parliament committee. They called on the social media giant to roll out stronger fraud prevention measures.
Chinese espionage hackers penetrated Dutch military systems in early 2023, using a zero-day exploit in a Fortinet virtual private network to obtain access, Netherlands intelligence agencies disclosed Tuesday. They attributed the hacking to Chinese state actors with high confidence.
The United States ramped up pressure on the commercial surveillance industry shortly before the United Kingdom and France convened a two-day meeting dubbed the Pall Mall Process intended to culminate in an international agreement limiting the proliferation of advanced spyware.
A U.K. parliamentary committee scrutinizing the artificial intelligence market urged the British competition regulator to closely monitor developers of foundation models and warned against regulatory capture. Already, the market is trending toward consolidation, said a House of Lords committee.
Proposed legislation called the "snoopers' charter," which would allow British intelligence agencies to collect data on a large scale, cleared further parliamentary scrutiny this week despite mounting criticism from privacy advocates, watchdog groups and technology companies.