Data Security News Headlines 11th January, 2017

  1. Los Angeles College Pays Hackers $28,000 Ransom To Get Its Files Back

Los Angeles Valley College (LAVC) have paid $28,000 to the hacker to get its file back. It is happened due to the email containing financial aid, email and voicemail systems, including locking out 1,800 students and staffs from their computers. After the ransomware attack all files are locked and encrypted with a key and displays message on screen. After that collage agree to pay $28,000 to get file back. After the paying amount they are able to unlock their data.

Cyber Security Tips: To protect yourself from ransomware attack protect your system with reputed and updated antivirus, keep backup of your data, always avoid to click on spam mails, links, ads and notifications and avoid to pay ransom because some time you are not able to get back your files.

  1. Brazilian Gov’t Twitter account mistakenly posts social media passwords

The official Twitter account of Brazilian government portal @PortalBrasil have twits some message, but along with the tweet, came a Google Drive link which upon clicking took users to an excel file containing a list of links, emails and passwords for the social media accounts of Planalto Palace, another government portal responsible for bringing news and updates about the activities of the Presidency of Brazil. The list included the profile/page link, email/username and plain text password of Planalto Palace verified Twitter account (@Planalto), Gmail, Google Plus, YouTube, verified Instagram, verified Facebook, & profile Slideshare, Tumblr, Flickr, Soundcloud, ThingLink, and Snapchat account, officials said that it is happened by mistake.

Cyber Security Tips: Brazilian Gov’t need to immediately change their passwords. Users must be careful When you are working on social media sites always check message before published, it can damage you’re as well your business image.

  1. Hackers Leak 1.5 Million ESEA Player Records after Demanding $50k as Ransom

E-Sports Entertainment Association, popularly known as ESEA is a well-known video gaming community. It is one of the largest of all video gaming communities across the globe. According to reports, ESEA website was hacked on 27th December 2016 and hackers managed to compromise profiles of around 1.5 million players. The hacked records include username, first name, last name, last login date/time, registration date, city/state/province, e-mail ID, date of birth, zip code, bcrypt hash, phone number and URL address of the website. Additionally, the Steam, Xbox and PSN IDs of the players have also been part of the hacked database as per the news published in hackread.

Cyber Security Tips: To protect your website from getting hacked using source code review, perform Vulnerability Assessment and Penetration Testing to find vulnerabilities, update your website CMS,

  1. Stolen NSA “Windows Hacking Tools” Now Up For Sale!

The Shadow Brokers who previously stolen hacking tools from NSA. The hacking group is now selling another package of hacking tools, “Equation Group Windows Warez,” which includes Windows exploits and antivirus bypass tools, stolen from the NSA-linked hacking unit, The Equation Group.  The Shadow Brokers is a notorious group of black-hat hackers who, in August 2016, leaked exploits, security vulnerabilities, and “powerful espionage tools” created by The Equation Group. They published message on their website he sale of the entire “Windows Warez” collection for 750 Bitcoin (around US$678,630). The tools includes Fuzzing, Exploit FrameworkNetwork Implants, Remote Administration Tools, and Remote Code Execution Exploits for IIS, RDP, RPC, SMB Protocols, and SMB BackDoor as per report published in Hacker news.

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