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.
Intel and Cisco are among the thousands of SolarWinds Orion customers that were running a Trojanized version of the security software. FireEye, together with Microsoft and GoDaddy, have devised a "kill switch" to disrupt attackers' ability to access the malware on at least some infected systems.
Point-of-sale device manufacturers Verifone and Ingenico have released fixes for flaws in some of their devices after researchers found the vulnerabilities could have enabled attackers to steal payment card data, clone cards or install malware.
An ongoing phishing campaign designed to harvest Office 365 credentials is using a Microsoft Outlook migration message, according to researchers at Abnormal Security. These fake messages have landed in about 80,000 inboxes so far.
"Molerats," an Arabic-speaking advanced persistent threat group that has been targeting victims for several years, is now abusing Facebook accounts, as well as other cloud-based platforms, to deploy previously undocumented malware as part of an ongoing espionage campaign, according to Cybereason.
Alexander Vinnik, a Russian national who founded the now-defunct BTC-e cryptocurrency exchange, has been found guilty of money laundering in France and has been sentenced to five years in prison, according to media reports. He faces additional charges in the U.S. and Russia.
A source code flaw in the Google Play store platform could enable attackers to perform remote code execution for credential theft on several prominent apps, a new report by security firm Check Point Research finds.
The top Republican and Democrat on the U.S. Senate Intelligence Committee have issued a warning about the national security threats posed by the Chinese government. The statement follows an opinion article published by DNI Director John Ratcliffe that called out China's cyber and other capabilities.
A defense policy bill that Congress plans to vote on later this month now includes a provision that would restore the position of national cyber director at the White House, says Rep. Jim Langevin, D-R.I.
Twenty-five countries are likely using spyware sold by a company called Circles that can snoop on mobile phone calls and text messages, according to The Citizen Lab, a research organization based at the University of Toronto.
A 21-year-old California man who pleaded guilty to repeatedly hacking gaming company Nintendo to steal confidential data has been sentenced to serve three years in federal prison, according to the U.S. Justice Department.
As part of a cyberespionage campaign, the Russian hacking group known as Turla deployed a backdoor called "Crutch" that uses Dropbox resources to help gather stolen data, according to the security firm ESET.
Check Point Research has identified new variants of the long-dormant Bandook spyware that are being used for espionage campaigns across the world targeting government, financial, energy, food industry, healthcare, education, IT and legal organizations.