Data Security News Headlines 16th January, 2017

  1. Venezuela Government Websites Hacked

Three websites estudiosydesatres.gob.ve, snv.gob.ve, and sunaval.gob.ve, all of which belong to various departments of the Venezuelan government have been hacked by Kapustkiy. These websites contain vulnerabilities which are exploited by the white hacker Kapustkiy. In a statement provided, Kapustkiy said that the cyber attack was launched in protest against the dictatorship of President Nicolas Maduro. Kapustkiy revealed that he breached one of the websites using Local File Inclusion (LFI) vulnerability in a database, while the other two were hacked with a typical SQLi exploit.

Cyber Security Tips: Database Servers should be regularly patched and updated.

  1. Student Faces 10 years in Prison For Creating And Selling Keyloggers

A 21-year-old former Langley High School student, who won a Programmer of the Year Award in high school, pleaded guilty to charges of developing and selling custom key-logging malware that infected thousands of victims. According to a press release from the U.S. Department of Justice, Shames developed a keylogger in 2013 that allowed users to steal sensitive information, including passwords and banking credentials, from a victim’s computer, while he was still a high school student in 2013. Shames now face a maximum penalty of up to 10 years in prison and have been sentenced to be scheduled for June 16, 2017.

Cyber Security Tips: Don’t use public desktops to make any online transaction or to use any website which requires you to enter any confidential information.

  1. Netflix Users Targeted with yet another Phishing Scam

If you have a Netflix account you might be at risk of falling prey to a new phishing scam that targets Netflix users through emails. These emails contain a fake login screen of Netflix and ask for the login information. This campaign was discovered by FireEye Labs. The scammers have used some different tactics of malware and encryption, which make this campaign different from other phishing scams. These tactics help the campaign prevent detection from spam stopping applications and phishing filters and easily deceives and trap innocent users.

Cyber Security Tips: Don’t click on any links you receive in emails from stranger. Always check the URL of the website where you enter any personal information.

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