Data Security News Headlines 13th September, 2016

  1. New MySQL zero days – Hacking Website Database

Two critical zero-day vulnerabilities have been discovered in the world’s 2nd most popular database management software MySQL that could allow an attacker to take full control over the database. Polish security researcher Dawid Golunski has discovered two zero-days, CVE-2016-6662 and CVE-2016-6663. It affect currently supported MySQL versions MariaDB and PerconaDB. A successful exploitation [of CVE-2016-6662] could allow attackers to execute arbitrary code with root privileges which would then allow them to fully compromise the server. There is no MySQL patches available yet.

Cyber Security Tips: Users should ensure that no MySQL config files are owned by the mysql user, and create root-owned dummy my.cnf files that are not in use and apply patches once available.

  1. Two men arrested in US for hacking emails of top officials

Two men Andrew Otto Boggs, 22, and Justin Gray Liverman, 24, suspected of belonging to a network that hacked the emails of top American officials including CIA chief John Brennan were arrested in North Carolina. They had hacked email and accessed personal data of officials and their families, they had also downloaded some private information and then publish it on social media site for harassing.

Cyber Security Tips:  To protect from such attacks secure your email account with strong password, two way authentication and avoid to click spam mails.

  1. Opera issues users warning after hacking attack

Opera has confirmed that hackers broke into the company’s sync servers, potentially exposing user’s passwords. As per report hackers gained access to sync server and compromised user credentials such as username, passwords, but all login credential are in encrypted company said. It is happened due to security breach present in Opera Sync.

Cyber Security Tips: If you are Opera sync user then immediately reset password with strong one. Visit to reset password https://auth.opera.com/account/lost-password.

  1. 2 Israeli teens have been arrested for allegedly running a huge hacking tool

Veteran security journalist Brian Krebs reports that two 18-year-olds from Israel are suspected of running vDOS – a “booter” service that lets people pay to use it to attack other websites and services in a DDoS (Distributed Denial of Service) attacks. Krebs was leaked a database from vDOS last week after it was itself hacked. The leaked data also provided clues as to the operator’s credentials such as name, phone number, and email address.

  1. Misuse of social media accounts for 25% cyber-crimes in Pune

Criminal offences involving misuse of popular social media sites like Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, among others, account for 25% of the total cyber-crimes being dealt with by the Pune police. Of these, Facebook alone accounts for 22% crime while Twitter accounts for 1% and the remaining sites account for 2% crimes as per report by Times of India.

Cyber Security Tips: Internet user need to aware about cyber-crime, to prevent yourself from cyber-crime need to attend security awareness programs and also use cyber security tips to protect yourself from cyber-attacks.

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