Data Security News Headlines 17th January, 2017

  1. Fake Android Apps Stealing Instagram Passwords

According to latest findings from the mobile malware research team at Intel Security, Google Play store has become a haven for Instagram password stealers. Instagram users in Turkey are the prime targets of this latest malware campaign. The malware redirects the victims to a phishing website that easily hijack their Instagram account by stealing username/password through the WebView component. The login page has been designed just like the original Instagram login page. This threat has been dubbed as the Android/InstaZuna threat by McAfee Mobile Security.

Cyber Security Tips: Users must install mobile security and password management software. Users shouldn’t trust unofficial sources for downloading applications.

  1. IHOP’s Twitter account hacked

The Twitter account of IHOP (International House of Pancakes) was hacked and a tweet was retweeted against Hillary Clinton. Retweet involved a tweet from user PoojaSlays in which Hillary Clinton was cited as she ran a major garbage campaign. Once the retweet reached to IHOP’s 291k followers, several of them tweeted never to visit the restaurant again, however, when their social media team realized what happened they immediately checked on the “Undo Retweet” feature.

Cyber Security Tips: Always use strong passwords; should include number, alphabet and a special character.



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