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.
The U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology this week released a long-awaited guidance update, Special Publication 800-53 Revision 5, describing "next-generation security and privacy controls" and how to use them.
The U.S. Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency is warning of an uptick in attacks using LokiBot, an information stealer capable of sweeping up credentials. Fraudsters are using new methods to spread the malware.
Will recent U.S. indictments of several alleged Iranian hackers - as well as government sanctions against an APT group - have a deterrent effect? Security experts share their opinions on the impact of these actions.
A hacking group targeting Iranian dissidents has developed malware that can bypass two-factor authentication protection on Android devices to steal passwords, according to Check Point Research. The hackers have also targeted victims' Telegram accounts.
Three Iranian hackers have been charged in connection with using social engineering and phishing techniques to steal data and intellectual property from U.S. satellite and aerospace companies, according to the Justice Department. The suspects were allegedly working on behalf of Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps.
Many financial institutions have deployed fraud fusion centers as a way to help mitigate risks. But as fraudsters revamp their techniques, banks need to revamp these centers to keep up, says Jeff Dant of BMO Financial Group, who will speak at ISMG's Virtual Cybersecurity and Fraud Summit: Toronto.
Two Iranian nationals have been charged with participating in a years-long hacking campaign that targeted vulnerable networks in the U.S., Europe and the Middle East to steal "hundreds of terabytes" of data, according to the U.S. Department of Justice.
The hacking group "Pioneer Kitten," which has suspected ties to the Iranian government, is taking advantage of several unpatched vulnerabilities and using open source tools to target U.S. businesses as well as federal government agencies, according to the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency.
A bipartisan bill looks to take some initial steps toward creating nationwide digital identity standards that can address a range of security issues, including theft and fraud stemming from data breaches. The legislation is backed by the Better Identity Coalition.
A recently uncovered Linux malware variant dubbed "CDRThief" is targeting VoIP networks to steal phone metadata, such as caller IP addresses, ESET reports. The malware appears to be designed for cyberespionage or fraud.
TeamTNT, a recently uncovered hacking group, is weaponizing Weave Scope, a legitimate cloud monitoring tool, to help install cryptominers in cloud environments, according to reports from Intezer and Microsoft.
Cybercriminals still prefer to use "money mules" and drug trafficking to launder money tied to their bank hacking activities rather than cryptocurrency transactions, according to a report from SWIFT, which handles intra-bank financial transactions.
A recently uncovered malicious email campaign is delivering to businesses multiple types of malware, including a Trojan designed to steal banking credentials and other financial information, according to a research report from Cisco Talos.
Evilnum, a hacking group that targets fintech firms mainly in the U.K. and Europe, is deploying a new remote access Trojan, according to Cybereason. The group is targeting "know your customer" procedures to start these attacks.