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.
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 Citizen Lab, a research organization based at the University of Toronto.
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.
CISA is warning about a possible password leak that could affect vulnerable Fortinet VPNs and lead to further exploitation. The latest agency notice comes just days after hackers began publishing what they claim are leaked passwords on underground forums, according to researchers.
Europol, along with the other law enforcement agencies in Europe, prevented payment fraud losses of $47.5 million by targeting fraudsters who were selling stolen card data on darknet websites known as card shops.
Sophos is warning that some of its customers may have had their data exposed to a misconfigured internal system, according to a published report. The security firm confirmed that a "small set" of customers was affected.
Officials with the Baltimore County Public Schools are investigating a ransomware attack that disrupted virtual learning for students this week. Now, the district has been forced to call-off its virtual classes until next Monday.
Interpol, Nigerian law enforcement agencies and security firm Group-IB have collectively uncovered a massive Nigerian business email compromise gang that was active across more than 150 countries. Three suspected members have been arrested in Nigeria.
Google removed two Android apps made by Baidu, a Chinese company, from its Google Play store after security researchers found they were collecting and possibly leaking data that could have been used to track individuals.
In the continuing effort to counter rising cyberthreats, India will roll out the latest version of its proposed Data Protection Bill by early 2021, says Lt. Gen. (Ret.) Rajesh Pant, the national cybersecurity coordinator at the Prime Minister's Office.
Researchers have identified a fresh variant of the Grelos skimmer that has co-opted the infrastructure that MageCart uses for its own skimming attacks against e-commerce sites, according to RiskIQ. The malware has been found on several small and mid-size e-commerce sites worldwide.
The Chinese hacking group "Cicada" is exploiting the critical Zerologon vulnerability in Windows Server as part of a cyberespionage campaign that's mainly targeting Japanese companies' locations around the world, according to the security firm Symantec.