Data Security News Headlines 22nd November, 2016

  1. Trisha, Hansika’s phones hacked

Two popular Tamil actresses have become victims to cyber-attacks. Their iphones have been hacked and all their details are lost. Trisha and Hansika have tweeted that their iPhones have been hacked and personal data stored in the devices are deleted. According to Mahesh, an ethical hacker, “The process has several steps but it is fairly easy to do. First, the attacker or hacker needs to determine your mobile phone number and we all know that Siri, Apple’s personal digital assistant, would be happy to assist if you just ask for it. Another phone will call your iPhone and the hacker will not answer the call but instead send a custom text reply. Instead of entering a real message, Siri needs to be back in action as the hacker needs to enable your iPhone’s VoiceOver feature. This will allow any user of your iPhone to interact with iOS. After that, it will just be a matter of tapping and clicking the right parts of the screen.

Cyber Security Tips:  To prevent from this kind of attack disable siri from iPhone, avoid to open any spam links.

  1. ATMs Are Spontaneously Vending Cash

Taiwan and Thailand saw such attacks earlier this year when cyber criminals programmed bank ATMs to spew cash. FBI report pointed at software used by a Russian gang known as Buhtrap. The FBI said hackers broke into both the Taiwan and Thailand banks with fraudulent “phishing” emails disguised to look like messages from ATM vendors or other banks. Those emails allowed cybercriminal gangs to infect banks computers with a modded version of the Buhtrap malware. This attack is one in a line of recent attacks that have seen criminal retargeting their activity away from consumers and toward institutions themselves.

Cyber Security Tips: To prevent from this kind of attack banks need to improve their cyber security, monitoring your bank ATM, secure your banks with good security services, use antivirus to block malwares and avoid to click on any spam links.

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