Data Security News Headlines 22nd July, 2016

  1. Cyber fraud: 3 Delhi-based men held for ‘cheating’ Pune woman

The cyber cell of Pune police crime branch has arrested three Delhi-based youths who had cheated a 37-year-old woman from Pune in December 2015. Police have identified the suspects as Paras Niranjanlal (19), Amit Subhash Kumar (22) and Madhur Sushilkumar Manchand (30). Police said that the fraudsters called the woman on her cell phone and pretended to be officers of a credit card department of a prominent bank. They collected confidential information about the woman’s credit card and then used it for online purchase of an Apple i-Phone through Snapdeal. The woman had registered an offence in this case at the Kothrud police station. During investigation, police collected information from mobile phone companies and Snapdeal. Accordingly, a team of the cyber cell initiated a probe and arrested the three suspects from Delhi.

Cyber Security Tips: To prevent from such attacks never share your bank details with anyone, make sure before giving any information, never share your OTP also.

  1. Kickass Torrents- domains name seized! Owner arrested! Website goes down

The US authorities have arrested the 30-year-old alleged owner of Kickass torrent Artem Vaulin in Poland and charged him with conspiracy to commit criminal copyright infringement and conspiracy to commit money laundering and criminal copyright infringement. Kickass torrents was founded in 2008 and within no time gained a massive audience not far of the pirate Bay. Vaulin who is believed to be the owner of Kickass Torrent has been arrested because the site has its server based in Chicago, US. “Vaulin is charged with running today’s most visited illegal file-sharing website, responsible for unlawfully distributing well over $1 billion of copyrighted materials,” said Assistant Attorney General Caldwell. Records provided by Apple showed that tirm@me.com conducted an iTunes transaction using IP Address 109.86.226.203 on or about July 31, 2015. The same IP Address was used on the same day to login into the KAT Facebook Account. Then, on or about December 9, 2015, tirm@me.com used IP Address 78.108.181.81 to conduct another iTunes transaction. The same IP Address was logged as accessing the KAT Facebook Account on or about December 4, 2015.

  1. France warns Microsoft to stop collecting windows 10 user’s personal data.

France’s National Data Protection Commission (CNIL) issued a formal notice on Wednesday, asking Microsoft to “stop collecting excessive data” as well as “tracking browsing by users without their consent.” The CNIL, Commission National de l’Informatique et des Liberates, ordered Microsoft to comply with the French Data Protection Act within 3 months, and if fails, the commission will issue a sanction against the company. CNIL notified Microsoft that the company must also take “satisfactory measures to ensure the security and confidentiality” of its users’ personal data. The notice comes after a series of investigations between April and June 2016 by French  authorities, revealing that Microsoft was still transferring data to the United States under the “Safe Harbor” agreement that a European Court invalidated in October last year.Microsoft has responded to the notice, saying the company is happy to work with the CNIL to “understand the agency’s concerns fully and to work toward solutions that it will find acceptable.”

As per CNIL data Collected by Microsoft, collect data on windows app, monitoring app, lack of security, no login limit on Microsoft account, Microsoft also activate default ID, not giving any option to block cookies,

  1. Celebrity hacking case: Oregon man sentenced to six months

A man who admitted hacking hundreds of email accounts and stealing explicit photos from several celebrities has been sentenced to six months in federal prison. US District Judge John A. Kronstadt sentenced Andrew Helton of Astoria, Oregon, to the prison term and two years of supervised release on Thursday. Helton pleaded guilty in March to stealing 161 nude or explicit photos from 13 people, including unidentified celebrities. Authorities have said they do not believe any of the images he stole were publicly released.

Cyber Security Tips: To prevent from this kind of attack use strong password to your account, use two way authentications, avoid opening spam emails, using notification alerts if possible.

  1. General Police bust international hacking suspects

A Russian man and an Uzbek woman were busted by tourist police for their alleged involvement in a transnational hacking scam in which more than 50 people in several countries lost a total of one billion. Police said. Surachet Hakphan, commander of the Tourist Police Division, said police arrested Dmitry Ukrainskiy, a 44-year-old Russian, and Olga Komova, a 25-year-old Uzbekistan national, both of whom were wanted by US authorities for hacking into a personal financial database. More than 50 people from various countries, including the US, Australia, Japan and Britain, were swindled out of more than one billion baht by the two suspects, he added.  Police said the suspects told investigators they used software that allowed them to gain access to a private computer system and stole the victims’ financial information.

Cyber Security Tips: To avoid such attacks prevent unauthorized access in your system, avoid to click on unknown notifications, use antivirus to secure your system from malwares, avoid to save username or password in your system.

  1. Police Unlocked dead man’s phone by 3D- Printing his fingerprint

Federal authorities have discovered a new tool for unlocking phones, as far as your phone is using any biometric sensor 3D Printing! Police in Michigan is considering 3D printing a dead man’s fingers so they could unlock smartphones in investigation crimes using their biometric sensors. A new report published today from Flash Forward creator Rose Eveleth revealed that the police recently approached professors at the University of Michigan to reproduce a dead man’s fingerprint from a prerecorded scan. Once reproduced, the 3D print would be used to create a false fingerprint of the dead man, which could then be used to unlock his smartphone using its biometric sensors.

Remember: You can change your passwords if it is stolen, but you cannot change your fingerprints.

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