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.
Now that security researchers have located the first exploits that take advantage of the BlueKeep vulnerability in Windows, Microsoft is warning users to apply patches the company issued for this flaw before more dangerous exploits merge.
Facebook has revealed that, once again, it allowed third-party app developers to wrongfully gain access to its customers' private data. The company changed access for about 100 developers after the problem was discovered.
The Chinese advanced threat group APT41 is using a new espionage tool to intercept SMS messages from specific phone numbers by infecting mobile telecommunication networks, according to the security firm FireEye Mandiant.
Senior government officials in at least 20 countries, including the U.S. and India, were targeted earlier this year with hacking software that used Facebook's WhatsApp to take over users' phones, Reuters reports, citing sources familiar with the messaging company's investigation.
Two hackers have pleaded guilty in connection with an extortion campaign tied to the theft of data on about 57 million Uber customers and drivers. The incident led to a massive fine against the ride-sharing company for its tardy breach notification and weak security.
An unsecure database belonging to a company that provides hotel reservation management technology exposed about 179 GB of customer data, including travel arrangements and other data for U.S. military and other government personnel, according to a new report from two independent security researchers.
ESET researchers have uncovered a new cybercriminal scheme that uses a trojanized version of the Tor browser for stealing bitcoins from darknet users. So far, the scam has netted about $40,000 in virtual currency, the security firm says.
The prices for specific types of cybercriminal tools on darknet sites continue to rise, according to a recent analysis by security firm Flashpoint. Payment card and passport data remain the most sought-after commodities on these forums, research shows.
The not-for-profit Libra Association, which would govern Facebook's new Libra cryptocurrency, launched Monday despite Visa, MasterCard and others dropping their participation. Meanwhile, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is scheduled to testify before Congress next week to address concerns about the project.
The FBI is warning banks, businesses and other organizations that cybercriminals are using social engineering and other technical techniques to circumvent multifactor authentication security protections.
A Nigerian man charged with helping to run a $1 million phishing scheme that targeted the Government Services Administration and other agencies has been extradited to the U.S., where he has pleaded not guilty to a wire fraud charge, according to the Justice Department.
More than 600 ransomware attacks pummelled local governments, schools districts and healthcare providers across the U.S. in the first three quarters of this year, according to a study by security firm Emsisoft. Meanwhile, the FBI this week issued a fresh warning about the threat.
A threat group has been targeting U.S. veterans through a spoofed website promising help for those looking for jobs, according to research from Cisco Talos. Instead of providing job links, however, the phony website installs malware and spyware on a victim's device.
The Russia-based cyberespionage group Fancy Bear, which has led high-profile cyberattacks against governments and embassies over the last several years, has launched a phishing campaign that includes a redesigned backdoor, according to research from security firm ESET.