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.
An unidentified hacking group with suspected Chinese ties is targeting critical infrastructure in Southeast Asia as part of a cyberespionage campaign to exfiltrate information about the victims' SCADA systems, says a report by security firm Symantec.
Interpol has announced that it will boost the role of country-specific National Central Bureaus to fight ransomware and other cybercrimes. The announcement from the agency comes in the wake of rising ransomware threats to supply chains and critical infrastructure across the world.
U.S. President Joe Biden has ordered federal intelligence agencies to investigate the incident involving IT management software vendor Kaseya. Attackers reportedly compromised Kaseya's remote monitoring system, VSA, potentially affecting scores of managed service providers and their clients.
The European Commission has proposed creating a Joint Cyber Unit to help EU member states respond to and prevent cyberattacks, especially those involving ransomware. The goal is for the unit to begin operations by the end of next year.
Fraudsters falsely claiming to be the now-shuttered DarkSide ransomware gang are targeting organizations in the food and energy sectors by sending hoax emails that attempt to extort ransoms from victims, the security firm Trend Micro reports. None of the victims has detected a data compromise so far.
The U.K. says it plans to turn the country into a global leader in cybersecurity, in partnership with the U.S, to counter threats ranging from ransomware to critical infrastructure attacks, according to a report by U.K. newspaper the Telegraph.
Ransomware actors continue to target schools and universities across the U.K., and attacks have surged since February, a new report by the U.K's National Cyber Security Center warns. The agency has also released a free tool to help schools detect any compromise.
Japanese conglomerate Fujifilm has shut down part of its network after it was compromised in a suspected ransomware attack, the company said in an update on Wednesday. The attack is the latest in a series of ransomware incidents targeting multinational companies.
A newly uncovered ransomware variant dubbed 'Epsilon Red' is targeting organizations in the U.S. hospitality sector, with the threat actor successfully extorting $210,000 from one of its victims, a new report by security firm Sophos notes.
A week after Ireland's health services provider was hit by a ransomware attack, the Conti gang has provided a decryptor, which officials are now testing to determine whether to use it, Reuters reports. But the gang is still threatening to release stolen data unless a $19 million ransom is paid.
Security researchers at FortiGuard Labs have uncovered another DarkSide ransomware variant with destructive capabilities. But the researchers say the variant is "unrelated to the Colonial Pipeline campaign" and no longer active.
A ransomware gang claims to have stolen SIM card data and banking information in an attack on Schepisi Communications, a service provider to Australian telecommunications company Telstra, a local news outlet reports.
Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps was behind a ransomware campaign that used a contracting company called "Emen Net Pasargard" to target more than a dozen organizations, according to the security firm Flashpoint. But could cyberespionage be the campaign's true mission?
The Babuk ransomware gang is taking credit for an attack against the Metropolitan Police Department of Washington, D.C., and threatening to post exfiltrated data if a ransom is not paid. The department confirms that attackers accessed its network, but it's offering no further details.