Data Security News Headlines 29th December, 2016

  1. Kerala airports deny websites hacked

A website was hacked by anonymous hackers on Tuesday. The home page showed the message that the website was hacked by ‘Kashmiri Cheettah’ which allegedly belongs to the group Pak Cyber Attackers. The page also displayed a danger symbol. According to the Thiruvananthapuram airport authorities, the website that was hacked was one developed by some regular passengers and was in no way connected to the airport and there is no separate website for the airport. The website which was hacked was being run by a private agency. The official details of the airport are posted on the website of the Airports Authority of India,” said George G Tharakan, director of the Trivandrum International Airport.

  1. New Android Malware Hijacks Router DNS from Smartphone

Dubbed “Switcher,” the new Android malware, discovered by researchers at Kaspersky Lab, hacks the wireless routers and changes their DNS settings to redirect traffic to malicious websites. Security Researchers have uncovered a new Android malware targeting your devices, but the malware takes control over the WiFi router to which your device is connected to and then hijacks the web traffic passing through it. Hackers are currently distributing the Switcher Trojan by disguising itself as an Android app for the Chinese search engine. Once the malicious app install by victim switcher malware start working, first it login in the Wi-Fi router and routers web interface with set of a predefined dictionary (list) of usernames and passwords. Once accessed web administration interface, the Switcher Trojan replaces the router’s primary and secondary DNS servers with IP addresses pointing to malicious DNS servers controlled by the attackers. Researchers said Switcher had used three different IP addresses –, and – as the primary DNS record, one is the default one while the other two are set for specific internet service providers. After to change in router’s DNS settings, all the traffic gets redirected to malicious websites hosted on attackers own servers.

Cyber Security Tips: Android users should also change their router’s default login and passwords, you can also go to Settings → Security and make sure “Unknown sources” option is turned off, avoid to install apps from unknown sources.

  1. LG Smart TV Screen Bricked After Android Ransomware Infection

Security researchers have already identified Android-based TV sets are vulnerable to such attacks, but the below-mentioned incident is somewhat brutal. About two days ago a Twitter user going by the handle of @DarrenCauthon shared a picture with the public showing that an LG smart TV running Google TV belonging to one of his family members was infected with an Android ransomware malware and displaying a ransom note all over the screen and what’s worse is that Cauthon also mentioned that there’s no way out of restarting as the device displays the same ransom note after restart demanding money to get rid of the infection. The note shows cyber-criminals are posing as someone from the FBI cyber-crime unit strictly prohibiting victims from unlocking files on their own and demanding a sum of $500 for decryption of all encrypted files, but LG given him detailed instructions on how to perform a factory reset on the TV.

Cyber Security Tips:  Be careful when installing unverified applications from unknown sources, Enable app verification in the settings, Modify the privacy and security settings, and install updates.

  1. Britney Spears is alive: Sony Music issues clarification after Twitter hack

Twitter account hack is not new for us, this time Los Angeles, Dec 27: Sony Music Global’s Twitter account was hacked and posted fake tweets about death of pop star, Britney Spears. The first two messages were posted early Monday on the hacked Twitter page. According to report “RIP @britneyspears,” the first tweet read. It was followed by a tearful emoji and hashtag “#RIPBritney 1981-2016.” The second tweet, seven minutes later, was, “Britney spears is dead by accident! We will tell you more soon #RIPbritney.”But Spears’ manager, Adam Leber, told CNN, “Britney is fine and well. After that Sony Music issued a statement mid Monday that, “Sony Music Entertainment’s Twitter account was compromised.

Cyber Security Tips: Due to recent data breach and the data is for sell there is probability of hacking, users are strictly recommended that keep changing their social media passwords, use strong passwords and keep watch on your account.

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