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.
Attackers co-opted the Hancitor malware downloader and recently used it to deliver Cuba ransomware as part of an email spam campaign for data exfiltration and ransom extortion, a new report by security firm Group-IB finds.
A ransomware gang claims to have stolen SIM card data and banking information in an attack on Schepisi Communications, a service provider to Australian telecommunications company Telstra, a local news outlet reports.
The NSA is offering operational technology security guidance for the Defense Department as well as third-party military contractors and others in the wake of the SolarWinds supply chain attack. The agency notes that attackers could use IT exploits to pivot to OT systems.
Facebook says it disrupted two Palestinian advanced persistent threat groups that targeted victims across the Middle East as part of cyberespionage campaigns. The groups used malware and advanced social engineering tactics to target journalists, human rights activists and military groups.
The University of Hertfordshire has sustained a cyber incident that severely affected students' online classes and an assignment submission portal. The university, however, notes the incident did not lead to data theft.
President Joe Biden is asking Congress to boost CISA's budget by $110 million to help enable the agency to address a range of cybersecurity issues following several high-profile incidents in the past six months.
Attackers are targeting unpatched SAP applications, and the exploits could lead to the hijacking of the vulnerable systems, data theft and ransomware attacks, SAP and Onapsis Research Labs report. They note that patches for most of the flaws have been available for several years.
A Russian-speaking cybercriminal recently sold on a darknet forum thousands of stolen payment and gift cards that researchers at Gemini Advisory believe were taken from the now-defunct online gift card exchange Cardpool.com.
CISA and the FBI warn in a new alert that unidentified nation-state actors are scanning for three vulnerabilities in Fortinet's operating system, FortiOS, to potentially target government agencies and companies for cyberespionage.
The 475,000 euro fine levied against Booking.com by Dutch privacy authorities should serve as a "wake-up call" for other companies when it comes to GDPR, some experts say. The company waited more than 20 days to report the breach to officials instead of the 72-hour window required under Europe's privacy law.
A North Korean government-backed threat group that was detected targeting security researchers in January is once again staging a campaign against them using advanced social engineering techniques, Google reports.
Several members of the German Parliament, the Bundestag, and political activists in the country were targeted by a spear-phishing campaign, according to a local news report Friday. Parliament previously sustained a cyberattack in 2015.