Data Security News Headlines 28th June, 2016

  1. Google CEO Sundar Pichai’s Quora account hacked

On Sunday, Google CEO Sundar Pichai’s account on question-and-answer site Quora was briefly hacked by a three-member hacking group called OurMine and cross posted on twitter. Unlike Mark Zuckerberg, the three-man team Saudi hackers group did not use password exposed by 2012 LinkedIn data breach; rather they claimed to have discovered a vulnerability in Quora, which is a Q&A community launched in 2010. The group behind OurMine claims it is “testing security” of accounts and teaching people to secure their online accounts better. The group also offers its support to those it targets, charging up to $5,000 for a “scan” of their social media accounts, website security holes, and other security vulnerabilities.

Cyber Security Tips:Solution for such kind of attacks immediately change password, use two way authentication, strong password and avoid to use same password for different accounts.

  1. A hacker wants to sell 10 million patient records on the black market

A hacker claims to have stolen close to 10 million patient records and is selling them for about US$820,000.Over the weekend, the hacker, called thedarkoverlord, began posting the sale of the records on TheRealDeal, a black market found on the deep Web. The data includes names, addresses, and dates of birth, and Social Security numbers – all of which could be used to commit identity theft or access the patient’s bank accounts. These records are being sold in four separate batches. The biggest batch includes 9.3 million patient records stolen from a U.S. health insurance provider, and it went up for sale on Monday. The hacker used a little-known vulnerability within the Remote Desktop Protocol to break into the insurance provider’s systems, he said in his posting on the black market site.

Cyber Security Tips: Solution for such kind of attacks regularly monitor network, scan for vulnerability, use Intrusion detection and prevention system, use firewall, checks for remote services, and  disable unnecessary services.

  1. Traveling to US? Agencies want to spy on your social media activities right from airport

New proposal submitted by the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to the Federal Register on Thursday would update the required entry forms with a question asking travelers to “Please enter information associated with your online presence — Provider/Platform — Social media identifier.” U.S. Customs and Border Protection have entered a new proposal into the federal register, suggesting a new field in which foreign visitors can declare their online presence.This technique will actually prevent terrorists from entering the country, then what about the potential terrorists

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