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 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.
Security researchers have identified two vulnerabilities in the Joomla content management system that can be chained together for complete compromise of the network, a report by security firm Fortbridge finds.
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.
The European Commission has released two new tools aimed at easing the current legal hurdles associated with data sharing by European Union-based organizations and other businesses operating in the region. Tech giants embroiled in controversy over the EU's data -sharing polices welcomed the move.
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.
Hackers are exploiting a critical zero-day flaw in the WordPress plug-in Fancy Product Designer, which allows remote code execution, the Wordfence Threat Intelligence team at Defiant Inc. says. Because a patch has not yet been released, the team urges users to immediately uninstall the vulnerable plug-in.
The European Union on Wednesday will announce plans to roll out a digital wallet app later this year that will enable citizens to securely access a range of private and public services, such as paying utility bills, with a single online ID, the Financial Times reports.
Siemens has released patches for certain automation products that have a critical memory protection vulnerability, which attackers could exploit to run arbitrary code to access memory areas, enabling them to read sensitive data and use it to launch further attacks.
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 new WastedLocker malware variant, dubbed WastedLoader, is exploiting two vulnerabilities in Internet Explorer to insert malicious advertisements into legitimate websites, the security firm Bitdefender reports.