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.
Business social media platform LinkedIn continues to pay dividends for North Korean hackers, including one group historically concentrated on South Korean targets that has expanded into pursuing security researchers and media industry workers in the West.
The British government is proposing modifications to the European privacy law adopted as British law before the U.K. left the EU. Civil society groups warn that changes to the U.K. GDPR could lead to more surveillance. Some tech firms say the government is poised to increase its regulatory burden.
Automaker Tesla revised settings for its in-built cameras after a probe by the Dutch data privacy agency found its default settings enabled illegal recording and retention of data. "Teslas parked on the street were often filming everyone who came near the vehicle," DPA board member Katja Mur said.
The European Commission is preparing a proposal mandating more cooperation among national government agencies charged with enforcing the General Data Protection Regulation. Nationally driven enforcement of the regulation has emerged as a sore point for some during the GDPR's first half decade.
Norwegian authorities confiscated crypto assets worth nearly $5.68 million tied to the 2022 Ronin cryptocurrency bridge hack by North Korean state threat actor Lazarus Group. The authority describes the seizure as Norway's largest-ever crypto seizure.
A Scottish school system decided not to use facial recognition in its secondary school cafeterias after international outcry. The U.K. Information Commissioner's Office said Tuesday that the North Ayrshire Council failed to obtain freely given consent for the system.
Spanish authorities arrested three senior executives of the now-defunct cryptocurrency exchange platform Bitzlato, Europol announced. The crime coordination agency says about 46% of the assets exchanged through Bitzlato, worth roughly 1 billion euros, were linked to criminal activities.
TikTok must pay a fine of 5 million euros to the French government after the country's data protection agency said the short-form video app violated national privacy law restricting the monitoring of web browser activity. TikTok is at the center of a number of privacy controversies worldwide.
The French data privacy agency has fined Apple 8 million euros for an ad personalization tracker that violated the country's privacy laws. The fine against Apple was announced on the same day the Irish Data Protection agency fined Meta Ireland for similar violations.
The Irish Data Protection Commission has imposed a fine of 390 million euros against Meta Ireland for violating the General Data Protection Regulation related to user data processing. Meta confirmed it will contest the penalty, which targets ad personalization by Facebook and Instagram.
Britain's The Guardian newspaper has asked staff to continue working from home until Jan. 23 as the company continues to resolve issues with its network, which was compromised by ransomware hackers in December. The attack affected on-premises infrastructure but left cloud-based systems unscathed.
One of Europe's busiest ports is added to the list of LockBit ransomware victims. The hacking group targeted Portugal's Port of Lisbon on Christmas Day, giving the facility a deadline of Jan.18 to pay a ransom of $1.5 million in exchange for deletion of their data.
One of the primary healthcare systems in the northwestern Italian city of Alessandria has been listed as a recent victim of the Ragnar Locker ransomware group, which has leaked stolen data and appears to be continuing to try and extort the organization.
Belgian banking giant Degroof Petercam is warning hundreds of clients that their employees are at risk of fraud after personal details tied to their stock option plans were accessed, potentially by an ex-employee. The bank has reported the data breach to the Belgian Data Protection Authority.
The French data protection authority fined Microsoft Ireland 60 million euros for privacy and security practices relating to a Bing search engine advertising cookie. The company has three months to get the consent of the French users before further deployment of the cookie.