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 issued "zero trust" guidance aimed at securing critical networks and sensitive data within key federal agencies. The NSA adds it is also assisting Defense Department customers with the zero trust implementations.
The Russian hacking group known as Turla is deploying a new IronPython-based malware loader called "IronNetInjector" as part of a new campaign, Palo Alto Networks' Unit42 reports. It comes with capabilities to obfuscate malware codes and encrypt and decrypt NET injector and payloads.
A Nigerian national has been sentenced to 10 years in prison after pleading guilty to taking part in a business email compromise operation that extorted $11 million from its victims, according to the U.S. Department of Justice.
A remote code vulnerability in the Android version of the file-sharing app SHAREit could allow hackers to tamper with the app's permissions, enabling them to steal sensitive data, reports security firm Trend Micro.
Russian-Dutch multinational e-commerce company Yandex sustained a data breach in which 4,887 customer accounts were compromised after an employee with systems admin privileges gave unauthorized access to attackers.
Siemens has mitigated 21 vulnerabilities in two of its virtualization software tools that, if exploited, could enable attackers to gain remote control, exfiltrate data or cause systems to crash. It's urging customers to shift to updated versions of the software that fix the flaws.
Researchers at the security firm Lookout have identified two new Android spyware tools used for cyberespionage campaigns in South Asia which they say are linked to "Confucius," an pro-India advanced persistent threat group.
Researchers with NetScout are warning that attackers are abusing certain versions of the Plex media server app to strengthen and amplify DDoS attacks. The FBI has also warned about increases in DDoS attacks that use these types of amplification techniques.
French security vendor Stormshield has launched an investigation after an internal review found that hackers accessed the source code of the company's network security product. The company is a supplier of cybersecurity technology to the French government.
The operators behind the Trickbot malware are deploying a new reconnaissance tool dubbed "Masrv" to exfiltrate additional data from targeted networks, according to a Kryptos Logic report. Other researchers have noticed increases in the botnet's activity over the last month.