Data Security News Headlines 29th September, 2016

  1. World’s largest 1 Tbps DDOs attack launched from 150,000 hacked smart device

If you using a smart device like Internet-connected televisions, cars, refrigerators or thermostats, you might already be part of a botnet of millions of infected devices that was used to launch the biggest DDoS attack known to date, with peaks of over 1 Tbps of traffic. France-based hosting provider OVH was the victim to the record-breaking Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks that reached over one terabit per second (1 Tbps) over the past week.

Cyber Security Tips: Use antivirus for mobile, check for apps you have install, and avoid to play online games.

  1. Apple tracks who you are chatting using imessage –and share that data with police

According to a new document obtained by The Intercept, Apple records a log of which phone numbers you typed into their iPhone for a message conversation, along with the date and time when you entered those numbers as well as your IP address, which could be used to identify your location. iMessage provide end to end conversation, Apple not only stores a lot of information about your iMessages that could reveal your contacts and location, but even share that information with law enforcement via court orders.

  1. DarkNet Hackers ‘DarkOverlord’ Hack WestPark Capital Bank for Ransom

Californian investment bank, WestPark Capital come under ransomware attack, they realized that a group of hacker named “TheDarkOverlord” has infiltrated their bank database and ask for ransom. The information released also consisted of some Non-Disclosure agreements, stock offerings and certain presentation files along with confidential contracts. It is happened due to security weaknesses present in network, this allows hacker to access network remotely accessible through different IPs.

Cyber Security Tips:  to prevent from such kind of attack, check for network weaknesses from VAPT expert. Use security devices like firewall, antivirus, Intrusion detection and prevention system.

  1. MarsJoke Ransomware Targeting Educational, Government Agencies

MarsJoke is the latest ransomware to hit the governmental agencies and educational institutions. There is a string identified in the coding of this new ransomware, which reads “HelloWorldItsJokeFromMars.” MarsJoke represents a large-scale email phish campaign the key targets of which are local and federal government agencies and academic institutions within the United States. The infected user needs to pay a ransom of 0.7BTC, which is an equivalent of $320, within 96hours. If the said time expires, the files will be deleted. According to Proofpoint researchers, “K12 educational institutions and state and local governments.

Cyber security Tips:  To prevent from ransomware attack use antivirus in your network, keep backup of your data, avoid to open spam mails.

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