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. 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.
Researchers with FortiGuard Labs have uncovered two samples of the Ekans ransomware strain that offer some additional insight into how the crypto-locking malware targets industrial control systems, according to a new report. Ekans, also known as Snake, was first spotted earlier this year.
A sophisticated strain of ransomware called Tycoon has been selectively targeting education and software companies since December 2019, according to a joint report released by BlackBerry and KPMG. Due to its unique development, this crypto-locking malware can target both Windows and Linux systems.
The Maze ransomware gang has started releasing payment card data from an attack that happened earlier this year at Banco BCR, the state-owned Bank of Costa Rica. The cybercriminal gang is now threatening to release more of customers' financial data each week.
The operators of the REvil ransomware strain are attempting to ratchet up pressure on a New York law firm to pay a $42 million ransom, threatening to release more data on the firm's roster of celebrity clients. So far, the REvil gang has released about 2 GB of legal information related to Lady Gaga.
Cognizant estimates that the April ransomware attack that affected its internal network will cost the IT services firm between $50 and $70 million, according to the company's latest financial report. The company has said that the Maze ransomware gang was behind the attack.
The gang behind Black Rose Lucy malware, which targets Android users, has added ransomware capabilities, according to Check Point Research. The malware, which dates back to 2018, originally was designed as a malware-as-a-service botnet and dropper for other malicious code.
Travelex, a London-based foreign currency exchange that does business in 26 countries, including the U.S., paid a ransomware gang $2.3 million to regain access to its data following an attack, the Wall Street Journal reports. The incident crippled the company's customer services for weeks.
A recently uncovered spear-phishing campaign is using fears of the COVID-19 pandemic to spread an information stealer called LokiBot. FortiGuard Labs researchers find that cybercriminals are once again using World Health Organization images as a lure.
Finastra, a large financial services software provider based in London, continues to recover from a ransomware attack that forced the company to take its IT operations offline Friday to prevent further damage to its corporate network, according to the company's CEO.
Targeted ransomware attacks against enterprises and government agencies are likely to surge in the coming months as "ransomware as a service" continues to evolve into a lucrative model for cybercriminals, security experts interviewed at RSA 2020 warn.