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.
A new ransomware-as-a-service model dubbed "Buran" that targets vulnerabilities in certain devices running Windows is offered at a deep discount to help the malware spread faster, according to McAfee researchers.
More than 600 ransomware attacks pummelled local governments, schools districts and healthcare providers across the U.S. in the first three quarters of this year, according to a study by security firm Emsisoft. Meanwhile, the FBI this week issued a fresh warning about the threat.
In the wake of ransomware attacks that have hit the public and private sectors, the U.S. Senate has passed a bill that calls for creating cyber incident response and threat hunting teams at the Department of Homeland Security. Find out what role the teams would play.
An unspecified malware attack against the IT systems of Rheinmetall's automotive division in Brazil, Mexico and the U.S. is costing the company an estimated $4 million a week, the company says. It's one of several attacks over the last two weeks affecting defense contractors.
Within a month, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security hopes to launch a program to help states protect voter registration databases and systems in advance of the 2020 presidential election. Security experts say that in light of recent ransomware attacks against units of government, the effort is overdue.
After two months of inactivity, the notorious Emotet botnet is poised to start delivering malicious code again; active command-and-control servers have been spotted in the wild, researchers at the security firm Cofense warn.
A newly discovered mobile ransomware strain called Filecoder.C is targeting Android devices through malicious links in online forums and then spreading via contact lists through SMS messages that attempt to entice others to install an app, according to research by the security firm ESET.
JPMorgan Chase researchers have published a new paper describing their efforts at developing a novel "early warning" system based on artificial intelligence algorithms that can detect malware, Trojans and other advanced persistent threats before the phishing campaign that targets the bank's employees even starts.
A week after a ransomware attack locked up customer files and data at online cloud hosting provider iNSYNQ, the company is continuing to recover and restore its internal infrastructure. It remains unclear how much longer this process will take, the company acknowledges.
A new ransomware strain called eCh0raix is targeting enterprise storage devices sold by QNAP Network by exploiting vulnerabilities in the gear and bypassing weak credentials using brute-force techniques, warns security firm Anomali.