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 Treasury Department has issued sanctions against a Russian research institute that U.S. officials now claim helped deploy Triton, destructive malware designed to damage industrial control systems. The announcement follows other economic penalties levied against Iran in the same week.
A hacking group with suspected ties to Iran's government is again targeting universities in the U.S. and around the world, according to researchers with security firm Malwarebytes. "Silent Librarian" typically attempts to steal intellectual property.
Business email compromise scams continue to proliferate around the globe, with the U.S. now second only to Nigeria as a home base for the cybercriminal organizations waging the campaigns, according to a study by the security firm Agari.
Organizations worldwide need to be "ruthless in their prioritization" of scarce resources for data security in 2021 and beyond, says Bobby Ford, global CISO of consumer brands giant Unilever, who will be a featured speaker at ISMG's Virtual Cybersecurity and Fraud Summit: London on Oct. 20.
CISA is warning that sophisticated hacking groups are chaining together vulnerabilities, such as the recent Zerologon bug and other flaws, to target state and local government networks. In some cases, attackers gained access to election support systems.
Microsoft is warning that hackers with connections to Iran, as well as other threat actors, are attempting to exploit a critical vulnerability in Windows Server dubbed Zerologon, for which it has issued a partial patch.
A Chinese-speaking hacking group used a rare Unified Extensible Firmware Interface bootkit dubbed "MosaicRegressor" to target nongovernment organizations and diplomatic missions with an espionage campaign for two years, the security firm Kaspersky reports.
Security researchers at Appgate are warning about a recently uncovered ransomware variant called Egregor that appears to have infected about a dozen organizations worldwide over the past several months. The gang behind this crypto-locking malware is threatening to release data if victims don't pay.
Microsoft removed 18 apps from its Azure cloud platform that were being used by hackers as part of their command-and-control infrastructure. The threat group, called Gadolinium, was abusing the infrastructure to launch phishing email attacks, Microsoft researchers say.
Microsoft and the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency have issued warnings that a critical vulnerability in Windows Server dubbed "Zerologon" is being actively exploited in the wild. They urge users to immediately apply an available partial patch.
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.
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.