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.
A crew of English-speaking European teenagers with a variety of skills and knowledge of Greek and Roman mythology are likely behind an up-and-coming cybercrime group called FusionCore. Group leader "Hydra" in March shared a screenshot of a malware dashboard set to display Sweden time by default.
Spanish National Police on Friday arrested a teenager hacker who allegedly stole the sensitive data of more than half a million taxpayers from the national revenue service and boasted in an online podcast about having access to personal data of 90% of the population.
A British government agency added to TikTok's reputational woes by finding it failed to protect children's privacy. TikTok is playing defense in multiple Western countries against concerns it collects massive amounts of data it could use for surveillance or information operations.
Italian regulators announced Friday an effective ban on ChatGPT after determining that artificial intelligence firm OpenAI likely engaged in a massive illegal collection of personal data. The agency gave OpenAI until April 19 to address its concerns or potentially face fines.
Facebook is asking Ireland's High Court to quash a 265-million-euro fine levied by the country's data watchdog after the phone numbers of more than half a billion users appeared online. A user of the now-shuttered BreachForums in April 2021 posted data scraped from 533 million profiles.
The French government imposed a ban on TikTok and other social media apps after concluding that "recreational apps" lack sufficient "levels of cybersecurity and protection of data to be deployed on administrative equipment," said Stanislas Guerini, the minister of transformation and public service.
Europe's cybersecurity agency predicts hackers will take advantage of the growing overlap between information and operational technologies in the transport sector and disrupt OT processes in a targeted attack. Ransomware will become a tool wielded for political and financial motivations, says ENISA.
The European Parliament on Thursday approved legislation creating a continentwide framework for digital identity that European leaders hope will diminish the role of big tech companies such as Google and Apple. Members of the European Parliament have pushed for additional privacy measures.
A financially motivated hacking group has been exploiting a now-patched zero-day vulnerability in the Windows operating system to deliver ransomware. Google Threat Analysis Group attributed the campaign to Magniber ransomware group. Microsoft issued a patch in its March dump of fixes.
The U.K. government says a new national agency will work with the private sector to stymie national security threats including foreign hackers after British intellectual property. In an update to British foreign policy, Prime Minister Rishi Sunak vowed to "push back" against China.
Britain's National Cyber Security Agency is examining TikTok to help the government finalize its decision to ban the Chinese video-sharing app from federal networks, the country’s security minister, Tom Tugendhat, revealed. The agency is looking into the app's ownership and security features.
Business social media platform LinkedIn continues to pay dividends for North Korean hackers, including one group historically concentrated on South Korean targets that has expanded into pursuing security researchers and media industry workers in the West.
The European Central Bank will conduct cyber stress tests to determine banks' resilience against cyberattacks. The tests, which will receive a "significant amount of time and resources," are set to be completed by mid-2024, said Andrea Enria, ECB's top official for oversight.
The British government is proposing modifications to the European privacy law adopted as British law before the U.K. left the EU. Civil society groups warn that changes to the U.K. GDPR could lead to more surveillance. Some tech firms say the government is poised to increase its regulatory burden.
A French law requiring companies to report cyber incidents to authorities within 72 hours or lose their eligibility for cyber insurance reimbursement has practitioners scratching their heads. Global companies with headquarters in France will have the most uncertainty, experts say.