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 Security Agency has released guidance on how the Defense Department, other federal agencies and the contractors that support them should replace obsolete encryption protocols that can enable cyber intrusions. NSA also advises other organizations to take the same steps.
The FBI is warning of a rise in "swatting attacks," which see hackers use compromised email accounts to access poorly-secured home smart devices that are equipped with cameras and voice capabilities to make hoax calls to emergency services.
The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency has released an emergency directive requiring all federal organizations running the vulnerable SolarWinds Orion software to immediately update to the latest version.
The U.S. Treasury's Financial Crimes Enforcement Network is alerting financial institutions about the potential for fraud, ransomware attacks or similar types of criminal activity related to COVID-19 vaccine research and distribution organizations.
A recently uncovered payment card skimmer is targeting several large content management systems that support the online checkout pages of dozens of e-commerce sites, according to researchers with Sansec. The malware works by using a keylogger to harvest payment and personal data.
Microsoft warned CrowdStrike of a failed attempt by unidentified attackers to access and read the company's emails, according to a blog post published by the security firm. The unsuccessful hacking incident is reportedly tied to the breach of SolarWinds.
Several tech giants, including Microsoft, Google, Cisco and VMware, have filed a brief backing Facebook's lawsuit against Israel-based spyware firm NSO Group, which has been accused of hacking into Facebook-owned WhatsApp's instant messaging app to enable spying by the company's clients.
A key player in the now-defunct "Silk Road" darknet marketplace who hid his involvement with the creation and operation of the website has been sentenced to eight months in federal prison for making false statements to federal investigators.
The NSA has issued a warning about two hacking techniques that could allow threat actors to access cloud resources by bypassing authentication mechanisms. The alert follows a week's worth of revelations over the SolarWinds breach that has affected government agencies and other organizations.
Lawmakers are pressing government agencies for answers following disclosures this week about an advanced persistent threat group's massive hacking campaign involving compromised SolarWinds Orion network management software. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Friday Russians "engaged in this activity."
Over the past two months, several Israeli firms have been targeted with a ransomware variant called Pay2Key. Now, security firm ClearSky says the crypto-locking malware is linked to an Iranian threat group called Fox Kitten.