Asokan is a consultant editor for Information Security Media Group's global news desk. She previously worked with IDG and other publications, reporting on developments in technology, minority rights and education.
Russian actors may be more willing this winter to use digital tools to coerce and influence Europe away from its support of Ukraine, computing giant Microsoft warns. The Kremlin has at its disposal ransomware and active digital disinformation operations.
The Conservative U.K. government said it will propose updates to the country's main cybersecurity regulation, including a requirement for the private sector to reimburse the public sector for enforcement activities. The government downplayed concerns that it could create perverse incentives.
U.K. businesses shy from involving police in cyber incident response for fear of regulatory consequences, lawmakers sitting on Parliament's Joint Committee on National Security Strategy heard. Allowing businesses to anonymously disclose incidents would result in more data, suggested a witness.
Facebook will pay a 265 million euro fine to the Irish data protection authority to resolve a 2021 incident when the scraped data of 533 million users appeared online. The data contained names, phone numbers and birthdates. Facebook says it takes active measures against data scraping.
The United Kingdom is the newest front in the long-fought conflict over end-to-end encryption, as a slew of civil society groups urge the prime minister not to back legislation empowering regulators to force online intermediaries into providing decrypted messages.
A 27-nation joint investigation in Africa led to the arrest of 11 cybercrooks accused of defrauding $800,000 from victims across the world. The authorities also took down nearly 200,000 elements of malware infrastructure used by the fraudsters for phishing and other scams.
Security firm Group-IB has identified 34 hacking groups that are now selling a stealer-as-a-service model to spread infostealer malware and steal credentials from online gaming and payment accounts. The company advises organizations to be on the lookout for Raccoon and Redline infostealers.
Pro-Kremlin KillNet hackers took down the website of the European Parliament on Wednesday in a DDoS attack that came just hours after the legislative body declared Russia a terrorist state. The website was still down late in the day as part of a string of hacktivist attacks against allied nations.
Broadcom's acquisition of VMware faces challenges from European regulatory authorities over potential competitive advantages. The $61 billion deal announced in May still needs clearance from the EU and also faces scrutiny by U.K. authorities before it can be finalized.
A year after buying Wickr's encrypted instant-messaging app, Amazon will shut down Wickr Me on Dec. 31, 2023. The app has come under law enforcement scrutiny for allegations that the strong encryption shields drug peddlers and child abusers from prosecution.
Payment card security group PCI Security Standards Council has a new standard aimed at smoothing the contactless payment experience at retailers by ensuring that a single commercial device can process card data and a PIN. Consumers across the globe increasingly use contactless methods for payment.
The French data protection authority fined Discord 800,000 euros for privacy and security practices that violate the General Data Protection Regulation. Authorities said the fine might have been higher except that Discord's "business model is not based on the exploitation of personal data."
Soccer fans watching the 2022 FIFA World Cup live from Doha should think twice about installing two apps developed for the Qatari government, warn multiple European data protection authorities. The apps likely open the door to surveillance by authorities with a spotty human rights track record.
Pro-Kremlin hackers claimed credit for a denial-of-service attack against FBI websites, marking the latest in a series of nuisance attacks. The FBI earlier said it is aware of "pro-Russian hacktivist groups employing DDoS attacks to target critical infrastructure companies with limited success."