Data Security News Headlines 17th December, 2016

  1. Pakistan is spying on you using 4 apps: Ministry of Home Affairs

According to the recent reports, there are four apps that Indians are using which can cause a serious threat to them. As per reports, the Ministry of Home Affairs has requested Indians to delete these apps immediately as it is stealing their confidential data and making people prone to cyber-crime. Though the reports are still not official but the four apps claimed to be dangerous are: Top Gun (game app), Mpjunkie (music app), Bdjunkie (video app) and Talking Frog (entertainment app). These apps are tied up with spy agents in the neighboring country, Pakistan who steal your data from your device, also steal sensitive data which can then be misused further. By using this app attacker can compromise your system.

Cyber Security Tips: Users are strictly recommended that immediately remove listed apps and change passwords for various accounts and apps

  1. Ubuntu’s Crash Report Tool Allows Remote Code Execution

Researcher Donncha O’Cearbhaill discovered the security bug which actually resides in the Apport crash reporting tool on Ubuntu. A security researcher has discovered a critical vulnerability in Ubuntu Linux operating system that would allow an attacker to remotely compromise a target computer using a malicious file. Affected version is Ubuntu Linux 12.10 (Quantal) and later. A successful exploit of this CrashDB code injection issue could allow an attacker to remotely execute arbitrary code on victim’s machine. This could allow to execute malicious code remotely. According to report the team has already patched the flaw in Ubuntu on December.

Cyber Security Tips: Users and administrators of Ubuntu Linux are strongly advised to patch their systems as soon as possible.

  1. DDoS Attack by Phantom Squad: EA, Battlefield 1 servers go down

Electronic Arts (EA) customer are complaining about EA servers being down. At the moment it is unclear what’s exactly going on but we can confirm that there hasn’t been any official tweet from EA Support twitter handle. It could be because the company is not aware of the issue or their engineers may be working to bring the service back online. Down Detector, an online service that provides updates about online outages has also confirmed that EA servers are down and there are hundreds of comments from users cursing at EA especially because it’s Friday night. It is not confirm yet the attack is DDOS. Phantom Squad has claimed responsibility for conducting DDoS attack on EA impacting Battlefield 1 servers for users all over the world.

Cyber Security Tips: To prevent from DDOS attack keep request filtering in your network, use the IP blocking mechanism and use Intrusion Detection system.

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