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.
The U.K. government may have sidestepped a fight with American tech companies by appearing to soften a legislative mandate for chat apps to actively scan for terrorist and child sexual abuse content. The House of Lords is set this week to return the Online Safety Bill to the House of Commons.
The Dutch privacy regulator says imminent artificial intelligence regulation in the European Union may fail to prevent the rollout of dangerous algorithms. Europe is close to finalizing the AI Act, but citizens of the Netherlands "should not expect miracles," the regulator said.
U.S. tech companies are stepping up warnings to British lawmakers over a government proposal they say will fatally weaken security and privacy protections for users. The House of Lords is set to return the bill to the House of Commons after a third reading scheduled to begin Wednesday.
British lawmakers are calling on the government to speed up efforts to articulate a comprehensive artificial intelligence policy in the face of challenges ranging from bias to existential risk. Delay could erode Britain's position "as a center of AI research," the lawmakers said.
Western intelligence agencies lent authority Thursday to a Ukrainian exposé unmasking a campaign by Russian military state hackers targeting battlefield Android devices. Agencies from the Five Eyes intelligence alliance collectively dub the malware components "Infamous Chisel."
The French data regulator is calling on operators of large-scale databases to shore up defenses against a slew of threats including nation-states and sophisticated hackers capable of exploiting the supply chain or zero-day flaws. Next year CNIL will publish a set of cybersecurity recommendations.
Spain is set to launch Europe's first-ever artificial intelligence regulatory agency as the trading bloc finalizes legislation meant to mitigate risks and ban AI applications considered too risky. Madrid said its goal is to foster AI that is "inclusive, sustainable, and centered on citizens."
Hackers are using a tool set that first appeared in 2020 and apparently was developed by Turkish speakers to deploy Scarab ransomware, said Eset researchers. They dubbed the threat actors behind it CosmicBeetle and assess with "high confidence" that they exploit the 2020 vulnerability ZeroLogon.
A ransomware campaign by the recently emerged Monti ransomware group is targeting victims with a new Linux variant of its malware. The threat group is the latest in a growing number of ransomware groups finding profit in going after Linux infrastructure.
The British competition regulator cleared Broadcom's $61 billion proposed acquisition of cloud and virtualization giant VMware, a decision the company says removes one of the last major regulatory obstacles to putting Symantec and VMware's security practice under the same roof.
Ransomware and other cyberthreats stemming from overseas actors surged last year in Germany, causing losses worth billions of euros, the country's federal police said. While domestic cybercrime decreased by 6.5% in comparison to 2021, they said, crimes committed by foreign actors increased by 8%.
A Chinese state-sponsored hacking group likely deployed more than a dozen malware variants to target critical infrastructure across Eastern European as part of an espionage campaign, warns security firm Kaspersky. The firm attributes the activity, with medium to high confidence, to APT31.
U.S. authorities seized a web-hosting company used by ransomware hackers in a joint operation with Polish authorities that resulted in the arrest of five individuals and the indictment of the site's owner. The site, LolekHosted, now displays a banner showing its seizure by the FBI and the IRS.
German intelligence is warning Iranian expatriates about a state-sponsored espionage campaign driven by individualized social engineering techniques. Iran's authoritarian regime has long surveilled its Western diaspora in campaigns that have included cyberespionage, assassinations and terrorism.
Security researchers uncovered a vulnerability in AMD chips that could allow hackers to trick a computer system into leaking data from its kernel. They named the flaw after the 2010 movie "Inception," since both the hacking technique and the film's plot involve planting false ideas into memory.