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.
The U.S. Federal Communications Commission estimates the total cost for smaller and rural telecom carriers to rip and replace Huawei and ZTE gear from their networks to enhance national security will be over $1.8 billion.
In a court filing, online voting startup Voatz argues that most security research should be limited to those who have clear permission to probe systems and software for vulnerabilities. The amicus brief is part of a U.S. Supreme Court case that could redefine a federal computer law.
A recently uncovered malicious email campaign is delivering to businesses multiple types of malware, including a Trojan designed to steal banking credentials and other financial information, according to a research report from Cisco Talos.
Evilnum, a hacking group that targets fintech firms mainly in the U.K. and Europe, is deploying a new remote access Trojan, according to Cybereason. The group is targeting "know your customer" procedures to start these attacks.
"Charming Kitten," a hacking group with ties to Iran, is now using LinkedIn and WhatsApp messages to contact potential victims and persuade them to visit a phishing page, according to ClearSky. The threat actors initially posed as journalists looking to contact sources.
The operators behind the Qbot banking Trojan are deploying a new version of the malware that uses hijacked Outlook email threads to send personalized phishing emails, according to Check Point Research. This campaign has targeted over 100,000 victims worldwide.
A hack-for-hire campaign targeting an "international architectural and video production company" serving high-end real estate ventures likely involved corporate espionage driven by a developer eager for insider data, according to an analysis from security firm Bitdefender.
Political campaigns are at risk from nation-state actors and other hackers seeking to exploit network vulnerabilities and create backdoors to access sensitive data that can be used to undermine the November election, says retired Brigadier General Francis X. Taylor, executive director of U.S. CyberDome.
FINRA, a private organization that helps self-regulate brokerage firms and exchange markets, is warning that fraudsters have recently started creating spoofed websites and domains using members' real names and images in an attempt to steal personal information and credentials.
The U.S. Department of Justice has charged former Uber CSO Joseph Sullivan with obstruction of justice for allegedly covering up the 2016 hack of the ride-sharing service, which compromised sensitive data for 57 million Uber passengers and drivers.
The FBI and the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency have issued a warning about a new malware strain tied to North Korean hackers that's being used in fake job posting messages sent to defense industry employees.
State and local governments are better equipped to ensure election security than they were four years ago, says Christopher Krebs, director of CISA, who calls on election officials to serve as "risk managers." His comments came at ISMG's Cybersecurity Virtual Summit.
President Donald Trump has signed a new executive order that requires TikTok owner ByteDance to divest its U.S. operations within 90 days. In the new order, Trump cites national security concerns in demanding the Chinese company sell its American assets.