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.
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.
Reacting to reports claiming hackers may have used JetBrains' TeamCity tool as an initial infection vector during the attack against SolarWinds, JetBrains CEO Maxim Shafirov says the company has not been contacted by investigators. But he says customer misconfiguration of TeamCity could have enabled a hack.
The FBI is warning of a rise in "swatting attacks," which see hackers use compromised email accounts to access poorly-secured home smart devices that are equipped with cameras and voice capabilities to make hoax calls to emergency services.
The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency has released an emergency directive requiring all federal organizations running the vulnerable SolarWinds Orion software to immediately update to the latest version.
A recently uncovered payment card skimmer is targeting several large content management systems that support the online checkout pages of dozens of e-commerce sites, according to researchers with Sansec. The malware works by using a keylogger to harvest payment and personal data.
Microsoft warned CrowdStrike of a failed attempt by unidentified attackers to access and read the company's emails, according to a blog post published by the security firm. The unsuccessful hacking incident is reportedly tied to the breach of SolarWinds.
Several tech giants, including Microsoft, Google, Cisco and VMware, have filed a brief backing Facebook's lawsuit against Israel-based spyware firm NSO Group, which has been accused of hacking into Facebook-owned WhatsApp's instant messaging app to enable spying by the company's clients.