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.
Contrary to the popular notion that ransomware hackers are sophisticated launderers of their stolen money, research shows they use straightforward mechanisms to transfer their bitcoin - allowing researchers to follow their money trail. Only a sliver transacted with a crypto mixer.
A Chinese hacking group linked to state authorities has upgraded its capabilities to target companies with headquarters in the United States and East Asia, warns an alert from Japanese and American cyber agencies. The group, BlackTech, has a customized firmware backdoor tailored for Cisco routers.
The British government's first-ever global summit on artificial intelligence will focus on mitigating cybersecurity and safety risks tied to the emerging technology. The AI Safety Summit planned for Nov. 1-2 will focus on mitigating risks tied to frontier AI.
The Polish data regulator launched a probe into OpenAI's ChatGPT for potential privacy violations of the European General Data Protection Regulation. The Polish regulator is the third European data protection agency to raise privacy concerns related to ChatGPT.
The British government on Thursday signed onto a European deal easing trans-Atlantic commercial data flows with the United States, telling Parliament that the United Kingdom will accede to a Brussels-led agreement that allows American firms such as Facebook and Google to store Europeans' data.
Hundreds of Dutch patrons of a now-defunct credential marketplace received warnings from national police in an attempt to prevent potential crimes using illicitly obtained personal identifiable information. Dutch national police Politie said it had contacted 400 "possible customers" of WeLeakInfo.
A day after the British Parliament approved a bill intended to eradicate child abuse content, cabinet officials called on social media giant Meta to halt a rollout of end-to-end encryption. Meta hasn't provided assurances that it will safeguard users, charged Home Secretary Suella Braverman.
The private sector's frenzy to incorporate generative AI into products is leading companies to overlook basic security practices, a Google executive warned Tuesday. "Most people are still struggling with the basics," said John Stone, whose title at Google Cloud is "chaos coordinator."
Credit reporting agency TransUnion may be the subject of a hacking incident leading to a data breach after a hacker apparently stole information of 58,505 customers across North and South America and Europe. TransUnion has not acknowledged the hack and refused to discuss the matter on the record.
A financially motivated criminal syndicate that mainly operates in Telegram and underground forums has expanded its criminal arsenal to deploy ransomware and other intrusion capabilities on various cloud applications, warn Mandiant researchers.
TikTok will pay Irish data privacy regulators 345 million euros to settle allegations that it violated the privacy of underage users. A TikTok spokesperson said the company disagreed with the Irish Data Protection Commission, saying the violations are based on features that no longer exist.
Hackers stole the personal details of thousands of police officers and staff in a ransomware attack that swept up one of the United Kingdom's largest law enforcement agencies. The Greater Manchester Police on Thursday described the attack as targeting a third-party supplier of various organizations.
The European Union will open up supercomputers to artificial intelligence startups in a bid to boost innovation inside the trading bloc, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said Wednesday. She said Europe has a "narrowing window of opportunity" to guide responsible innovation.
Hackers aligned with the Iranian state are targeting vulnerable Microsoft Exchange Servers to deploy a new malware backdoor that has already victimized over two dozen Israeli organizations as part of an ongoing espionage campaign. Hackers' initial access point into systems likely was ProxyLogon.
Stopping the ransomware epidemic is less about tackling individual crypto-locking malware variants and more about combating the entire ecosystem of bad actors underpinning digital extortion, the British government said Monday. Tackling variants "is akin to treating the symptoms of an illness."