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.
Maryland lawmakers are considering a bill that would make possession of ransomware a crime punishable by up to 10 years in prison, similar to moves at least two other states have already made. But is such legislation effective?
Officials at the Albany International Airport paid a ransom to cybercriminals after the facility's systems were hit with Sodiniokibi ransomware strain, according to local media reports. It's the same crypto-locking malware that has crippled currency exchange firm Telenex since the start of the year.
A ransomware attack has held London-based foreign currency exchange firm Travelex hostage since New Year's Day, the company confirmed Tuesday. It appears that the Sodinokibi group is behind the attack and is asking for millions from the company.
Following a series of high-profile ransomware attacks and other cyber incidents over the last year, two U.S. senators have introduced a bill designed to help bolster cybersecurity for local school districts.
A new malware campaign uses a Trojanized version of the game Tetris to target healthcare and educational institutions for credential stealing, according to Blackberry Cylance. Analysts have observed evidence of the threat actors attempting to deliver ransomware with the 'PyXie' Trojan.
Pemex, Mexico's state-run oil company, is refusing to pay attackers a $5 million ransom after a ransomware attack against the firm's administrative offices, according to news reports. The company is still attempting to recover.
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.