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.
Nearly two dozen national cybersecurity organizations on Sunday urged AI developers to embrace "secure by design" and other preventive measures aimed at keeping hackers out from the mushrooming world of AI systems. The United Kingdom and United States spearheaded its development.
European lawmakers slammed the EU executive branch's inaction after a parliamentary committee called for tougher rules designed to prevent spyware abuse across the trading bloc. More than half of European Parliament lawmakers backed a resolution demanding rapid action.
North Korean state-affiliated hackers are continuing to exploit zero-days in popular software applications as part of global supply chain attack campaigns for espionage and financial theft purposes, British and South Korean cybersecurity and intelligence officials said.
European electoral and cybersecurity authorities on Tuesday held a joint exercise assessing plans to hold an incident-free election, weeks after trading bloc cybersecurity agency ENISA said the election is at risk from deepfake images and videos.
Britain's privacy watchdog on Friday said it will continue fighting to impose a fine on Clearview AI for allegedly violating the privacy rights of Britons after a tribunal sided with the facial recognition company by vacating a 7.5 million-pound penalty.
European lawmakers behind an artificial intelligence regulation that's close to finalization predicted Thursday the law will set global standards. "We want AI to develop in Europe, and this is why we want to build a trustworthy ecosystem," said Brando Benifei.
The European telecom standards body behind a widely used radio encryption system will soon open-source its encryption protocols. The European Telecommunications Standards Institute on Tuesday said it will soon publish Terrestrial Trunked Radio, or TETRA, a European standard for radio communication.
A key European parliamentary committee on Tuesday voted to carve off encrypted communications from a legislative proposal directing online providers to diminish the risk of child sexual abuse material. The European Parliament's LIBE Committee emphatically rejected weakening end-to-end encryption.
The risk of critical infrastructure hacking in the United Kingdom likely grew in the last year, says the national cybersecurity agency, citing a slew of high-profile ransomware attacks. Russia's invasion of Ukraine is a main driver of growing risk in cyberspace, the agency says.
France and the United Kingdom called for global limits on commercial spyware, warning that unchecked growth of the industry can threaten global internet security. The two nations are part of a multistakeholder working group that includes Microsoft and the UN Office for Disarmament Affairs.
European Union lawmakers and trading bloc governments reached a provisional agreement on a revised identity framework intended to digitize access to key public services for the majority of Europeans by the start of the next decade. The update is not universally welcomed by cybersecurity experts.
Heads of major European tech companies are calling on trading bloc lawmakers to revise a proposed cybersecurity law, which they argue will create bottlenecks that disrupt the supply chain. "We risk creating a COVID-style blockage in European supply chains," the company heads say.
The data protection regulator of European country Liechtenstein rolled out new data processing guidance for large language model-powered chatbots such as ChatGPT. The primary legal basis for compliance will be the consent and transparency clauses of the GDPR, the agency said.
Social media giant Meta faces a possible ban within the next 10 days across Europe on the consent-free use of personal data for ad personalization. A Meta spokesperson said the company does not face a "blanket ban" on the use of personal data and is introducing a subscription option.
The U.K. summit on artificial intelligence was a venue for officials to tout their AI aspirations and for participants to stress benefits of the emerging technology. Participants lauded the U.K. government for bringing together stakeholders, a model that will be replicated in France and South Korea.