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.
Microsoft removed 18 apps from its Azure cloud platform that were being used by hackers as part of their command-and-control infrastructure. The threat group, called Gadolinium, was abusing the infrastructure to launch phishing email attacks, Microsoft researchers say.
Microsoft and the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency have issued warnings that a critical vulnerability in Windows Server dubbed "Zerologon" is being actively exploited in the wild. They urge users to immediately apply an available partial patch.
The U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology this week released a long-awaited guidance update, Special Publication 800-53 Revision 5, describing "next-generation security and privacy controls" and how to use them.
The U.S. Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency is warning of an uptick in attacks using LokiBot, an information stealer capable of sweeping up credentials. Fraudsters are using new methods to spread the malware.
A hacking group targeting Iranian dissidents has developed malware that can bypass two-factor authentication protection on Android devices to steal passwords, according to Check Point Research. The hackers have also targeted victims' Telegram accounts.
Many financial institutions have deployed fraud fusion centers as a way to help mitigate risks. But as fraudsters revamp their techniques, banks need to revamp these centers to keep up, says Jeff Dant of BMO Financial Group, who will speak at ISMG's Virtual Cybersecurity and Fraud Summit: Toronto.
Two Iranian nationals have been charged with participating in a years-long hacking campaign that targeted vulnerable networks in the U.S., Europe and the Middle East to steal "hundreds of terabytes" of data, according to the U.S. Department of Justice.
A recently uncovered Linux malware variant dubbed "CDRThief" is targeting VoIP networks to steal phone metadata, such as caller IP addresses, ESET reports. The malware appears to be designed for cyberespionage or fraud.
TeamTNT, a recently uncovered hacking group, is weaponizing Weave Scope, a legitimate cloud monitoring tool, to help install cryptominers in cloud environments, according to reports from Intezer and Microsoft.
Cybercriminals still prefer to use "money mules" and drug trafficking to launder money tied to their bank hacking activities rather than cryptocurrency transactions, according to a report from SWIFT, which handles intra-bank financial transactions.
A recently uncovered malicious email campaign is delivering to businesses multiple types of malware, including a Trojan designed to steal banking credentials and other financial information, according to a research report from Cisco Talos.
Evilnum, a hacking group that targets fintech firms mainly in the U.K. and Europe, is deploying a new remote access Trojan, according to Cybereason. The group is targeting "know your customer" procedures to start these attacks.
"Charming Kitten," a hacking group with ties to Iran, is now using LinkedIn and WhatsApp messages to contact potential victims and persuade them to visit a phishing page, according to ClearSky. The threat actors initially posed as journalists looking to contact sources.
The operators behind the Qbot banking Trojan are deploying a new version of the malware that uses hijacked Outlook email threads to send personalized phishing emails, according to Check Point Research. This campaign has targeted over 100,000 victims worldwide.