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.
Threat actors behind a distributed denial-of-service campaign targeted the same set of victims again after the organizations refused to pay the initial ransom demand, a new report by security firm Radware finds.
Ransomware dominated the cybercrime landscape in 2020 and looks set to do so again this year, as criminals seek fresh new ways to make victims pay. Experts predict gangs will double down on whatever works, which lately includes data exfiltration.
Security firm FireEye has released a free auditing and remediation tool on GitHub that it says can help organizations determine if the hacking group that targeted SolarWinds used similar techniques within their network to gain access to Microsoft Office 365 accounts.
Joker's Stash, the notorious underground marketplace that has specialized in the sale of stolen payment card data, is reportedly shutting down in February with its administrator claiming he will "retire" at that time, according to Gemini Advisory. Researchers say fraudsters will quickly move to other sites.
A recent phishing campaign tied to an Iranian hacking group known as "Charming Kitten" used SMS and email messages to spread malicious links in an attempt to steal email credentials in the U.S., Europe and the Persian Gulf region, security firm Certfa Lab reports.
A Russian-speaking "scam-as-a-service" operation dubbed "Classiscam" is expanding globally, with 40 interconnected gangs in about a dozen countries using fake product advertisements to launch phishing schemes, the security firm Group-IB reports.
A recently identified mobile remote access Trojan dubbed "Rogue," which exploits Google's Firebase development platform, targets Android devices to exfiltrate personal data and can deliver other malware, according to Check Point Research. The RAT is being offered for sale or rent in darknet forums.
A vulnerability in a GitHub repository belonging to the United Nations Environment Program exposed over 100,000 employee records, including personally identifiable information, contact details and other sensitive data, according to a group of independent security researchers. The flaw has been patched.
Sentinel Labs researchers have identified an updated version of the cryptominer OSAMiner that targets the macOS operating system to mine for monero. The latest iteration uses new techniques to help prevent detection by security tools.
Twitter permanently suspended the official account of President Donald Trump, with the social media firm citing concerns over violence following the riot by pro-Trump supporters at the Capitol. Facebook had already suspended Trump's account through the remainder of his term.