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.
Microsoft and the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency have issued warnings that a critical vulnerability in Windows Server dubbed "Zerologon" is being actively exploited in the wild. They urge users to immediately apply an available partial patch.
The U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology this week released a long-awaited guidance update, Special Publication 800-53 Revision 5, describing "next-generation security and privacy controls" and how to use them.
A bipartisan bill looks to take some initial steps toward creating nationwide digital identity standards that can address a range of security issues, including theft and fraud stemming from data breaches. The legislation is backed by the Better Identity Coalition.
TeamTNT, a recently uncovered hacking group, is weaponizing Weave Scope, a legitimate cloud monitoring tool, to help install cryptominers in cloud environments, according to reports from Intezer and Microsoft.
Cybercriminals still prefer to use "money mules" and drug trafficking to launder money tied to their bank hacking activities rather than cryptocurrency transactions, according to a report from SWIFT, which handles intra-bank financial transactions.
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.
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.
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 operators behind the AgentTesla remote access Trojan have upgraded the infostealer with additional capabilities, including the ability to steal credentials from VPNs, web browsers, FTP files and email clients, Sentinel Labs reports. The low-cost malware is used in BEC scams and other campaigns.
The FBI is warning organizations that are still using Microsoft Windows 7 they are in danger of attackers exploiting vulnerabilities in the unsupported operating system to gain network access. The agency points to an uptick in such attack attempts.
A member of the infamous Infraud Organization who was the creator of a malware strain called FastPOS has pleaded guilty to a federal conspiracy charge. Valerian Chiochiu assisted other cybercriminals through the Infraud site before authorities shuttered it in 2018, prosecutors say.
In a private industry alert, the FBI warns U.S. firms of possible malware hidden in tax software the Chinese government requires companies doing business in the nation to use. The warning follows reports by Trustwave about backdoors that can give hackers access to entire networks.
The U.S. Secret Service is combining its electronic and financial crime units into a single task force that will focus on investigating cyber-related financial crimes, such as BEC schemes and ransomware attacks. The move comes as lawmakers push for the Secret Service to take a more active role in fighting cybercrime.