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.
A bipartisan group of U.S lawmakers is requesting more information from the FBI and CISA about efforts to crack down on hacking groups linked to China's government that are targeting American facilities conducting COVID-19 research.
Microsoft is warning Windows users about an ongoing "massive" COVID-19-themed phishing campaign that is attempting to install the NetSupport Manager on devices. Attackers can turn NetSupport into a remote access Trojan, or RAT.
The operators behind the Zeus Sphinx malware have added new features and functionality to the Trojan, and more cybercriminals have deployed it within phishing campaigns that use the COVID-19 crisis as a lure, according to IBM X-Force. The Trojan has become more efficient at stealing banking data.
Cognizant estimates that the April ransomware attack that affected its internal network will cost the IT services firm between $50 and $70 million, according to the company's latest financial report. The company has said that the Maze ransomware gang was behind the attack.
A recently uncovered phishing campaign is spoofing notifications from Microsoft's Teams collaboration platform in order to harvest Office 365 credentials from employees working from home offices because of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to research from Abnormal Security.
The World Health Organization, which has been at the forefront of the global COVID-19 pandemic since the start of the year, has witnessed a "dramatic" increase in the number of cyberattacks since the crisis began, according to the organization's CIO.
Hackers with suspected ties to Vietnam's government targeted several Chinese agencies in an attempt to gather intelligence about the country's response to the COVID-19 outbreak, according to security firm FireEye. Vietnam denies it engaged in cyber espionage.
Zero-day exploits are increasingly a commodity that advanced persistent threat groups can purchase and use to wage attacks, according to a report from security firm FireEye. The report says the number of attacks leveraging such exploits grew last year.
A recently uncovered spear-phishing campaign is using fears of the COVID-19 pandemic to spread an information stealer called LokiBot. FortiGuard Labs researchers find that cybercriminals are once again using World Health Organization images as a lure.
Italian officials are investigating whether a disruption this week of access to the country's social security website was due to a hacking incident or a network overwhelmed by demand for benefits offered during the COVID-19 pandemic, according to news reports.
Washington's governor has signed a new law that regulates the use of facial recognition technology. But some privacy advocates say the measure, which was backed by Microsoft, doesn't do enough to protect individuals' rights.
If vulnerabilities in 4G cellular networks that can expose them to denial-of-service and other attacks are not addressed, emerging 5G networks could inherit these same issues, the security firm Positive Technologies reports.
Despite the global COVID-19 pandemic, which started in China, Chinese cyber espionage campaigns are continuing, with a new campaign from one APT group targeting at least 75 enterprises in 20 countries, according to the security firm FireEye.