Data Security News Headlines 12th January, 2017

  1. Browser AutoFill Feature Can Leak Your Personal Information to Hackers

To filling form faster we are habit to use auto filling features of browser. Google Chrome and other major browsers offer “Autofill” feature that automatically fills out web form based on data you have previously entered in similar fields but this can be leaked your personal details. Attacker can use this autofill feature against you and trick you into spilling your private information to hackers or malicious third parties. If users with an autofill profile configured in their browsers fill out this simple form and click on submit button, they’ll send all the fields unaware of the fact that the six fields that are hidden to them but present on the page also get filled out and sent to unscrupulous phishers. If you have stored your credit card details including serial number, cvv, and expiry date, using this credentials attacker can access your net banking account.

Cyber Security Tips:  Users are strictly recommended that disable this autofill features, for google chrome Go to Settings → Show Advanced Settings at the bottom, and under the Passwords and Forms section uncheck Enable Autofill box to fill out web forms with a single click.

  1. Microsoft Releases 4 Security Updates

Microsoft has issued its first Patch Tuesday for 2017, and it’s one of the smallest ever monthly patch releases for the company, with only four security updates to address vulnerabilities in its Windows operating system as well as Adobe Flash Player. Microsoft releasing patches on every second Tuesday of month, this month Microsoft released four patches and only one is critical. The vulnerabilities includes MS17-001, MS17-002, and MS17-004 are important vulnerabilities and MS17-003 is critical vulnerability.

Cyber Security Tips: Users and administrator are strictly recommended that install these latest patches.

  1. Hacker siblings arrested for targeting Italian elite – infecting 20k emails

Two London-based hackers namely 45-year old Giulio Occhionero and 48-year old Francesca Maria Occhionero have been arrested by Italian police for attempting to hack the communications of Italian elite including former Prime Minister Matteo Renzi and economist Mario Monti. The hackers, who happen to be siblings, not only tried to hack communications of Italian PM but also targeted other senior executives and business tycoons as per report published in hackread. Other targets of the hackers include the head of the European Central Bank (ECB) Mario Draghi, the conclave member Cardinal Gianfranco Ravasi who elected Pope Francis and top-slot officials of Italian tax police. The hackers also targeted politicians from both chambers of the Italian parliament and also the Bank of Italy, according to a report in The Telegraph. Around 20,000 email accounts were infected during the hacking campaign and 2,000 passwords were also compromised as per news published in hackread.

Cyber Security Tips:  To protect from such kind of hacking secure your mail server, use strong password to your mails, use reputed and updated antivirus in your network and arrange security awareness programs to know about new threat.

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