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.
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.
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 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 have uncovered a flaw dubbed TsuNAME in DNS resolver software that attackers could used to carry out distributed denial-of-service attacks against authoritative DNS servers. Google and Cisco have resolved the issue in their DNS servers.
The NSA is offering operational technology security guidance for the Defense Department as well as third-party military contractors and others in the wake of the SolarWinds supply chain attack. The agency notes that attackers could use IT exploits to pivot to OT systems.
The U.S. Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency and the National Institute of Standards and Technology have released a report providing insights on how to enhance supply chain security in the wake of the SolarWinds attack.
The European Union has officially proposed a strict new regulation on artificial intelligence that would ban the use of biometrics for surveillance, citing privacy concerns. The regulation would prohibit the use of facial recognition and other biometrics in public places.