Data Security News Headlines 25th July, 2016

  1. Online hackers loot Mumbai diamond firm owner of Rs 37 lakh

Mumbai: Being the latest victim of email hacking and then losing rupees 37 lakhs, an international diamond firm owner and a resident of Malabar Hill has complaint to the police for being cheated, the matter has been under police investigations which is probing a Haryana link in the cyber-crime. A diamond exporter, Sejal Savera, 40, the owner of . was cheated for 37 lakh rupees after the companies email was hacked and their client based in the United States of America was sent an email stating the company had changed their bank accounts and the deal amounts should now be transferred to a bank in Haryana. The diamond and jewel export company that has clients in USA and Japan mostly communicates online with the clients abroad for sending quotations, bank details and information on dispatching the goods but recently one of the email account of the owner was sneaked into and a Los Angeles (LA) based client was sent an email informing that the bank transactions would be with a bank located in Haryana for which the client was also sent details of the bank account.”A case is registered under section 419 (impersonating) and 420 (cheating) of the IPC and sections of Information technology act. The investigations are underway,” said a police official

Cyber Security Tips:  Avoid sending any bank details without confirmation, Secure your email with two way authentication, avoid opening spam mails.

  1. Cyber-attack on ISPs: police file FIR

Mumbai: The Maharashtra police on Sunday registered an FIR in connection with the Distributed Denial of Service (DDOS) attack on Internet Service Providers (ISPs) in the state. Police said this is the first such FIR to be registered in the country. They also said the attack was still being carried out. Investigators said millions of Internet Protocol (IP) addresses infected with a kind of virus known as a Trojan are being used in the attack. Small and medium ISPs are being targeted by the DDOS attack, which police said has been carried out on a massive scale since Monday at a speed of 200 gigabytes per second. The Cyber Crime department of the Maharashtra Police is currently working in collaboration with the Indian Computer Emergency Response Team to mitigate the attack and trace the source. IGP (Cyber Crime) Brijesh Singh said, “An FIR has been filed with the Cyber police station in BKC under sections 43 (F) and 66 of the Information Technology Act. We are investigating.”

Cyber Security Tips:  Use firewall to filter request, Use Intrusion detection and prevention system, monitoring traffic.

  1. NRI booked for sending obscene messages

A London-based Non-Resident Indian (NRI) has been booked for sending obscene pictures and messages to a Gurgaon woman on social networking sites, police said on Sunday. The woman works here in a private company and has registered a case under a relevant section of the cyber-crime law, police said. The complainant said she came in contact with the accused on social networking site Facebook a few months ago. After some time, the man proposed marriage to her and both started sharing intimate pictures and personal details through WhatsApp, police said. According to police, the woman alleged that the man later hacked her Facebook account, posted obscene pictures and started blackmailing her. “The accused is currently in London. We are verifying the information shared by him to the woman. He might have given some wrong facts to the victim,” Assistant Commissioner of Police Hawa Singh told IANS.

Cyber Security Tips: Avoid sharing login credential with someone; do not share any sensitive information.

  1. Hacker Downloads Vine’s Entire Source Code

Vine is a short-form video sharing service where people can share 6-second-long looping video clips. Twitter acquired the service in October 2012. Indian Bug bounty hunter Avinash discovered a loophole in Vine that allowed him to download a Docker image containing complete source code of Vine without any hassle. Launched in June 2014, Docker is a new open-source container technology that makes it possible to get more apps running on the same old servers and also very easy to package and ship programs. Nowadays, companies are adopting Docker at a remarkable rate. However, the Docker images used by the Vine, which was supposed to be private, but actually was available publically online. While searching for the vulnerabilities in Vine, Avinash used Censys.io – an all new Hacker’s Search Engine similar to Shodan – that daily scans the whole Internet for all the vulnerable devices.Docker is a tool designed to make it easier to create, deploy, and run applications by using containers.

Cyber Security Tips:  Use secure coding, source code review, input validation, check for vulnerabilities.

  1. Hillary leaks series: wikileaks release 20,000 DNC email

Today, whistleblowing website Wikileaks has finally published more than 19,000 e-mails, which contains more than 8,000 attachments from the US Democratic National Committee (DNC). The new trove of documents apparently pilfered from the DMC released after Wikileaks yesterday announced via its official Twitter account that a “series” about Hillary Clinton is coming soon.  The leaks come from the accounts of seven key figures in the DNC: Communications Director Luis Miranda (10770 emails), National Finance Director Jordon Kaplan (3797 emails), Finance Chief of Staff Scott Comer (3095 emails), Finance Director of Data & Strategic Initiatives Daniel Parrish (1472 emails), Finance Director Allen Zachary (1611 emails), Senior Advisor Andrew Wright (938 emails) and Northern California Finance Director Robert (Erik) Stowe (751 emails). The emails cover the period from January last year until 25 May this year. The emails released by Wikileaks were handed over to the whistleblower organization by the DNC hacker using handle “Guccifer 2.0,” who hacked DNC’s computer systems in such a way that the hacker was able to read all email and chat traffic.

Cyber Security Tips: Secure your email conversation, Use VPN security, Use monitoring tools to monitor email traffic.

  1. Verizon set to buy Yahoo for $5 billion – here why a telecom is so interested!

Verizon Communications Inc. is reportedly closing in on a deal to acquire Yahoo’s core business for about $5 Billion, according to a report from Bloomberg. Since the agreement between the companies has not been finalized, it is unclear at this moment that which Yahoo’s assets the deal would include. Verizon has long been considered a suitable buyer for Yahoo’s Internet assets, which the telecom giant wants to combine with AOL – the American global mass media corporation bought by Verizon last year for $4.4 Billion. Now, the two companies are in one-on-one discussions, and Verizon will reportedly acquire Yahoo! for about $5 Billion. The deal would not only give Verizon a powerful collection of content and revenue from ad related to that content but also give the telecom company a considerable amount of user data to provide target advertisements to users by the telecom as well as others.

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