Asokan is senior correspondent for Information Security Media Group's global news desk. She has previously worked with IDG and other publications where she reported on developments in technology, minority rights and education.
Cyberattackers used spyware from the Israeli firm Candiru to target at least 100 human rights defenders, dissidents, journalists and others across 10 countries, according to researchers at the University of Toronto’s Citizen Lab, which tracks illegal hacking and surveillance.
Attackers have been exploiting a zero-day flaw in SolarWinds' Serv-U Managed File Transfer Server and Serv-U Secured FTP software, the security software vendor warns. The company has released patched versions that mitigate the flaw, discovered by Microsoft, and is urging users to update.
Interpol has announced that it will boost the role of country-specific National Central Bureaus to fight ransomware and other cybercrimes. The announcement from the agency comes in the wake of rising ransomware threats to supply chains and critical infrastructure across the world.
Investment banking giant Morgan Stanley is the latest company to report a data breach tied to zero-day attacks on Accellion's legacy File Transfer Appliance - yet another indicator of the sustained impact of supply chain attacks.
Microsoft's emergency, out-of-band patch for a critical remote code vulnerability dubbed "PrintNightmare" falls short in addressing the local privilege escalation part of the flaw, according to security researchers.
U.S. President Joe Biden has ordered federal intelligence agencies to investigate the incident involving IT management software vendor Kaseya. Attackers reportedly compromised Kaseya's remote monitoring system, VSA, potentially affecting scores of managed service providers and their clients.
An unidentified hacking group is deploying a rootkit dubbed Netfilter, which is signed in as a legitimate Microsoft driver but used to affect gaming outcomes, researchers at German security firm G Data CyberDefense say.
An ongoing hacking campaign is targeting Italian online banking users by infecting their devices with the Gozi banking Trojan and then prompting them to download Cerberus malware to make money transfers, according to IBM Security Intelligence.
The European Commission has proposed creating a Joint Cyber Unit to help EU member states respond to and prevent cyberattacks, especially those involving ransomware. The goal is for the unit to begin operations by the end of next year.
Fraudsters falsely claiming to be the now-shuttered DarkSide ransomware gang are targeting organizations in the food and energy sectors by sending hoax emails that attempt to extort ransoms from victims, the security firm Trend Micro reports. None of the victims has detected a data compromise so far.