Asokan is a consultant editor 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.
Facebook will pay a 265 million euro fine to the Irish data protection authority to resolve a 2021 incident when the scrapped data of 533 million users appeared online. The data contained names, phone numbers and birth dates. Facebook says it takes active measures against data scrapping.
The United Kingdom is the newest front in the long-fought conflict over end-to-end encryption, as a slew of civil society groups urge the prime minister not to back legislation empowering regulators to force online intermediaries into providing decrypted messages.
Security firm Group-IB has identified 34 hacking groups that are now selling a stealer-as-a-service model to spread infostealer malware and steal credentials from online gaming and payment accounts. The company advises organizations to be on the lookout for Raccoon and Redline infostealers.
Pro-Kremlin KillNet hackers took down the website of the European Parliament on Wednesday in a DDoS attack that came just hours after the legislative body declared Russia a terrorist state. The website was still down late in the day as part of a string of hacktivist attacks against allied nations.
Broadcom's acquisition of VMware faces challenges from European regulatory authorities over potential competitive advantages. The $61 billion deal announced in May still needs clearance from the EU and also faces scrutiny by U.K. authorities before it can be finalized.
A year after buying Wickr's encrypted instant-messaging app, Amazon will shut down Wickr Me on Dec. 31, 2023. The app has come under law enforcement scrutiny for allegations that the strong encryption shields drug peddlers and child abusers from prosecution.
Payment card security group PCI Security Standards Council has a new standard aimed at smoothing the contactless payment experience at retailers by ensuring that a single commercial device can process card data and a PIN. Consumers across the globe increasingly use contactless methods for payment.
The French data protection authority fined Discord 800,000 euros for privacy and security practices that violate the General Data Protection Regulation. Authorities said the fine might have been higher except that Discord's "business model is not based on the exploitation of personal data."
Soccer fans watching the 2022 FIFA World Cup live from Doha should think twice about installing two apps developed for the Qatari government, warn multiple European data protection authorities. The apps likely open the door to surveillance by authorities with a spotty human rights track record.
Pro-Kremlin hackers claimed credit for a denial-of-service attack against FBI websites, marking the latest in a series of nuisance attacks. The FBI earlier said it is aware of "pro-Russian hacktivist groups employing DDoS attacks to target critical infrastructure companies with limited success."
French defense multinational Thales confirmed that ransomware-as-a-service group LockBit published internal documents but emphasized its operations remain unaffected by the hack. The company says the source of the leak is likely a compromised user account of an online partner collaboration site.
The Cyber Police of Ukraine arrested five cybercrime gang members for their participation in a transnational scheme to fleece buyers into a supposed cryptocurrency and securities investment platform. The gang has established call centers around Europe, including three in Kyiv and Ivano-Frankivsk.
Police in Ontario arrested a dual Canadian-Russian national for his involvement with the LockBit ransomware-as-a-service gang. The United States is asking for the extradition of Mikhail Vasiliev, 33, to face a criminal charge in a New Jersey federal court of conspiracy to commit computer intrusion.
Hacktivists fighting a proxy online battle against Russia after its invasion of Ukraine claim to have dumped online a trove of files from the Central Bank of Russia. The IT Army of Ukraine also claimed to have disrupted payments processing at Moscow's Alfa Bank.
A Dutch member of the European Parliament accused the European Union of weakness in the face of a threat to democracy posed by advanced spyware apps such as the NSO Group's Pegasus. Sophie in ’t Veld called for a moratorium on such apps and for a supranational crackdown.