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 Cyber Police of Ukraine arrested five cybercrime gang members for their participation in a transnational scheme to fleece buyers into a supposed cryptocurrency and securities investment platform. The gang has established call centers around Europe, including three in Kyiv and Ivano-Frankivsk.
Police in Ontario arrested a dual Canadian-Russian national for his involvement with the LockBit ransomware-as-a-service gang. The United States is asking for the extradition of Mikhail Vasiliev, 33, to face a criminal charge in a New Jersey federal court of conspiracy to commit computer intrusion.
Hacktivists fighting a proxy online battle against Russia after its invasion of Ukraine claim to have dumped online a trove of files from the Central Bank of Russia. The IT Army of Ukraine also claimed to have disrupted payments processing at Moscow's Alfa Bank.
A Dutch member of the European Parliament accused the European Union of weakness in the face of a threat to democracy posed by advanced spyware apps such as the NSO Group's Pegasus. Sophie in ’t Veld called for a moratorium on such apps and for a supranational crackdown.
The British data watchdog says the U.K. Department for Education shouldn't have allowed a private company to use student records to check whether new users of gambling apps were underage. A departmental spokesperson said it will ensure such misuse of the database doesn't reoccur.
Ransomware-as-a-service group LockBit is threatening the release of data it says it stole from German auto parts maker Continental. The company in August acknowledged an incident involving its IT systems, but didn't respond Friday with additional information.
The United Kingdom's National Cyber Security Centre is scanning the British internet for vulnerabilities. "We're not trying to find vulnerabilities in the U.K. for some other, nefarious purpose," says the center, a part of signals intelligence agency Government Communications Headquarters.
Operational technology will gain more malicious attention from state-backed hackers, warns the European Union Agency for Cybersecurity. Geopolitics is driving changes in the threat landscape and the agency predicts retaliatory attacks for Western support of Kyiv.
Ransomware attacks pose the biggest cybersecurity threat to U.K. organizations, particularly hospitals and schools, the country’s National Cyber Security Centre warns. So far in 2022, 18 ransomware attacks have required nation-level coordinated efforts to mitigate the threats, it adds.
One of the world's largest copper smelters disclosed it underwent a cyberattack, stating that production "could largely be maintained." Germany-based Aurubis owns Europe's largest copper smelting facility, capable of refining 450,000 metric tonnes annually and located in Hamburg.
Parliament IT systems in two East European capitals were disrupted Thursday. The Poland Senate said a distributed denial-of-service attack partially originated from inside Russia. In Slovakia, a Parliament speaker postponed voting after telling lawmakers that vote-counting systems were not working.
The Department of Homeland Security released a set of cybersecurity practices for critical infrastructure containing basic measures such as requiring multifactor authentication and disabling AutoRun. The word "voluntary" was in heavy rotation during the Thursday rollout.
The problem of zero-day exploits used by advanced spyware makers such as NSO Group is an urgent problem requiring government intervention, a Google cybersecurity executive told the European Parliament committee investigating member nations' use of the Pegasus spy app.
Artificial intelligence-driven technology purporting to recognize human emotional states "may not work yet, or indeed ever," said U.K. Deputy Information Commissioner Stephen Bonner. The office predicts greater commercial use of behavioral analysis in products over the next two to three years.
An inquiry into European Union countries' use of Pegasus spyware is running into national opposition, said Jeroen Lenaers, head of the investigative committee. Pegasus can invoke national security sensitivities, Lenaers acknowledged, but said the inquiry is concentrated on questions of law.