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 Russian carding and fraud discussion forum Maza has been breached, and hackers have leaked what appear to be legitimate members' details, including email addresses and forum credentials, threat-intelligence firms report. The breach and data leak follows a recent wave of attacks against cybercrime forums.
The U.S. National Security Agency has issued "zero trust" guidance aimed at securing critical networks and sensitive data within key federal agencies. The NSA adds it is also assisting Defense Department customers with the zero trust implementations.
Microsoft has patched a critical vulnerability in Windows that can be exploited by tricking users to visit websites that use a malicious font. The flaw was found by Google's Project Zero bug-hunting team.
A Nigerian national has been sentenced to 10 years in prison after pleading guilty to taking part in a business email compromise operation that extorted $11 million from its victims, according to the U.S. Department of Justice.
A remote code vulnerability in the Android version of the file-sharing app SHAREit could allow hackers to tamper with the app's permissions, enabling them to steal sensitive data, reports security firm Trend Micro.
Microsoft has patched a 12-year-old vulnerability in Microsoft Defender that, if exploited, could enable nonadministrative users to escalate privilege in the application. The patch was made after security firm SentinelOne recently notified Microsoft about the flaw.
Siemens has mitigated 21 vulnerabilities in two of its virtualization software tools that, if exploited, could enable attackers to gain remote control, exfiltrate data or cause systems to crash. It's urging customers to shift to updated versions of the software that fix the flaws.
Researchers with NetScout are warning that attackers are abusing certain versions of the Plex media server app to strengthen and amplify DDoS attacks. The FBI has also warned about increases in DDoS attacks that use these types of amplification techniques.
Researchers at the security firm Netlab have identified a previously undocumented botnet dubbed "Matryosh" that is targeting vulnerable Android devices to help build its network so it can conduct distributed denial-of-service attacks.
The operators behind the Trickbot malware are deploying a new reconnaissance tool dubbed "Masrv" to exfiltrate additional data from targeted networks, according to a Kryptos Logic report. Other researchers have noticed increases in the botnet's activity over the last month.