Data Security News Headlines 20th August, 2016

  1. Warning Bitcoin user could be targeted by state sponsored hacker

A bitcoin information site is warning users that an upcoming version of the Blockchain consolidation software and Bitcoin wallets could most likely be targeted by “state-sponsored attackers.” Bitcoin.org has posted a message on his website, next version of the Bitcoin Core wallet, one of the most popular bitcoin wallets used to store bitcoins, might be replaced with a malicious version of the software offered by government-backed hackers. Users are recommended to verify the Signature securely and hashes of Bitcoin Core binaries that are cryptographically signed with a key before running Bitcoin Core binaries to ensure the binaries are legitimate as being created by the Core developer’s team.

Cyber Security Tips:  You are advised to download the binaries from the official Bitcoin site only; otherwise, you may end up getting compromised.

  1. Omegle, the popular chat with strangers service leaks your dirty chats and personal info

The popular, free online anonymous chat service that allows you to chat with random strangers, without any registration. The service randomly pairs you in one-on-one chat window where you can chat anonymously over text or webcam. Bhuyan wrote a simple python script, Omegle-Chat-Hack, which automatically downloads the saved screenshots from the website. The recorded online conversations are saved in such a way that anyone with a little knowledge of hacking can pilfer them, revealing your personal information along with those dirty chats that could be used to harass or blackmail you.

Cyber Security Tips:  You should be careful with what identifiable information you are sharing over such online service while chatting with strangers. The more personal information you share, the more chances there are for others to misuse your information.

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