Data Security News Headlines 21st October, 2016

  1. Over 43 million Weebly accounts hacked!

Weebly and Foursquare are the latest victims of the massive data breach. Details for over 43 Million users have been stolen from the San Francisco-based website building service Weebly, according to breach notification site LeakedSource. Stolen passwords were stored using the strong hashing function “BCrypt,” making it difficult for hackers to obtain user’s actual password. The stolen data contains personal data of 43,430,316 Weebly customers, which includes usernames, email addresses, passwords, and IP addresses.

Cyber Security Tips: Use strong passwords and keep on changing your passwords and avoid to use same password for different account.

  1. Open source tool to protect against ‘Master Boot Record’ Malware

Talos team at Cisco Systems has released a free, open-source tool that protects the master boot record (MBR) sector of computers from modification by bootkits, ransomware, and other malicious attacks. A boot malware or bootkits has the ability to install ransomware or other malicious software Into your Windows kernel, which is almost impossible to detect. So, the best way to protect your computer is to restrict your MBR to rewrite or overwrite by an reauthorized software. MBRFilter, the tool is nothing more than a signed system driver that puts the MBR into a read-only state, preventing any software or malware from modifying data of the MBR section. MBRFilter will safeguard your computer against MBR-targeting malware, like the Petya ransomware, Satana, or HDDCryptor ransomware.

  1. New Ransomware Asks User to Play Click Me Game while Encrypting Data

Karsten Hahn, a malware analyst at GData, has identified new ransomware that is currently in its developmental phase. According to Hahn’s analysis, the ransomware pretends to be a Click Me Game while its objective is the same, to encrypt the files present on a system. Bleeping Computer reports that as soon as the malware file is executed, a screen is launched that displays a Click Me button. When the user tries to click on it, it starts changing its position so that user has to move the mouse cursor to click. When all this is happening, the malware is silently encrypting files stored on the drive. This means the Click Me game is just added to keep the victim busy while the malware performs its job.

Cyber Security Tips: To prevent from this ransomware keep your system secure with updated antivirus, Avoid to click on such notification and install apps from trusted sites.

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