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 FBI is warning banks, businesses and other organizations that cybercriminals are using social engineering and other technical techniques to circumvent multifactor authentication security protections.
A Nigerian man charged with helping to run a $1 million phishing scheme that targeted the Government Services Administration and other agencies has been extradited to the U.S., where he has pleaded not guilty to a wire fraud charge, according to the Justice Department.
More than 600 ransomware attacks pummelled local governments, schools districts and healthcare providers across the U.S. in the first three quarters of this year, according to a study by security firm Emsisoft. Meanwhile, the FBI this week issued a fresh warning about the threat.
An unspecified malware attack against the IT systems of Rheinmetall's automotive division in Brazil, Mexico and the U.S. is costing the company an estimated $4 million a week, the company says. It's one of several attacks over the last two weeks affecting defense contractors.
A threat group has been targeting U.S. veterans through a spoofed website promising help for those looking for jobs, according to research from Cisco Talos. Instead of providing job links, however, the phony website installs malware and spyware on a victim's device.
The Russia-based cyberespionage group Fancy Bear, which has led high-profile cyberattacks against governments and embassies over the last several years, has launched a phishing campaign that includes a redesigned backdoor, according to research from security firm ESET.
A week after the Emotet botnet crept back to life, the attackers behind it are already trying a new way to ensnare victims - using Edward Snowden's newly released memoir as a phishing lure, according to the security firm Malwarebytes.
Facebook announced this week that it has removed hundreds of fake accounts and pages. The majority of these originated in Ukraine or Iraq and used phony user identifications to spread misinformation in an attempt to influence local politics, the company says.
An unsecured database owned by an Ecuadorian consulting company left over 20 million records on the South American country's citizens exposed to the internet, according to a report from two independent security researchers. An official investigation is underway.
The Australian government is looking to update its national cybersecurity strategy by 2020. In preparation, it's released a discussion paper that seeks input from citizens, the business community, academics and other stakeholders.
Israel-based cyber-intelligence firm NSO Group, which has been accused of selling technology that enables governments to spy on citizens, is pledging to adopt human rights guidelines developed by the United Nations. But critics of the firm question whether its moves are meaningful.
Earlier this year, intruders probed weaknesses in the network firewalls of a U.S. power utility to attempt a distributed denial-of-service attack, but there was no disruption in electricity service, according a recently released report. The incident illustrates potential weaknesses in the power grid.
A new weaponized proof-of-concept exploit for the BlueKeep vulnerability in Windows has been released by researchers at Rapid7 and Metasploit in an effort to help create a sense of urgency to patch the flaw.