Asokan is a U.K.-based senior correspondent 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.
Ukrainian cyber defenders say they've identified a cyberespionage campaign active since mid-2022 that gained unauthorized access to "several dozen" computers. A government spokesperson said Tuesday the campaign targets government agencies and media organizations.
Russian cybersecurity firm Kaspersky disclosed iOS zero-click malware on the same day the Kremlin claimed it had uncovered a U.S. intelligence smartphone spy campaign. "We have never worked with any government to insert a backdoor into any Apple product and never will," an Apple spokesperson said.
Ukrainian cyber defenders warn users for the second time this month to be aware of financially motivated phishing campaigns that load the SmokeLoader malware onto computers. Hackers behind UAC-0006 typically target computers used by accountants and look for banking and credential data.
ChatGPT will continue to operate inside the European Union despite warnings from OpenAI CEO Sam Altman that he's prepared to pull out from the bloc if he doesn't like regulations being prepared in Brussels. European lawmakers earlier this month proposed new obligations for AI models such as GPT.
German prosecutors on Monday indicted four executives of insolvent commercial spyware firm FinFisher for illegally exporting their hacking tool to Turkey. The indictment comes as a European Parliament committee concluded an investigation of bloc members' use of commercial spyware.
Five years after the effective date of the General Data Protection Regulation, the European Union privacy law - hailed as a way to protect the privacy of citizens in an increasingly digital world - continues to be marred by criticism over its lack of effectiveness and uneven implementation.
European Union lawmakers have criticized the British government's updated privacy bill over concerns that it fails to adequately protect European citizens' fundamental rights. Lawmakers also heard from the Irish data authority on the status of its pending TikTok inquiry.
European privacy regulators gave Facebook five months to stop transferring data into the United States and assessed the social media giant a record 1.2-billion-euro fine in a decision that puts pressure on the European Commission to finalize a legal agreement enabling trans-Atlantic data flows.
The French data protection authority on Tuesday signaled increased concerns over the privacy impacts of generative artificial intelligence and said issues such as data scraping raise data protection questions. Data scraping by AI companies is a flashpoint in the technology's rollout.
The European Union on Tuesday formally adopted the world's first comprehensive regulatory regime for the cryptocurrency industry in a measure supporters say will tame volatility illustrated by high-profile crashes such as FTX. The proposal, known as MiCA, will go into effect progressively.
The European Parliament called on the European Commission to reject a draft legal framework facilitating trans-Atlantic commercial data flows in a nonbinding vote. A majority said the EU-U.S. Data Privacy Framework fails to protect European citizens from American bulk online surveillance.
A European Commission effort to require instant messenger apps such as WhatsApp and iMessage to scan for child sexual abuse material would likely violate Europeans' human rights and weaken encryption protections for consumers, a leaked document from the commission's internal legal service says.
Members of the U.K. Parliament considering modifications to national privacy law heard assurances Wednesday that the European Union will go along with them. "U.K. GDPR retains all the rights of the European citizens," said John Edwards, U.K. Information Commissioner said Wednesday.
A European Parliament committee investigating commercial spyware tools such as Pegasus recommended new regulatory safeguards but dropped a preliminary call for a moratorium. Members condemned "major violations of EU law in Poland and Hungary" for those governments' use of commercial spyware.