Data Security News Headlines 01st February 2017

  1. Hackers take over a hotel’s computer system, lock guests in rooms and hold hotel to ransom

The Romantik Seehotel Jaegerwirt, 111 year old, 4-star hotel situated beside a lake on the Alpine Turracher Hoehe Pass in Austria was subjected to a hacking attack that took over the hotel’s entire electronic key management system. Reports suggest that the guests were unable to get into or get out of their rooms as all their keys were rendered invalid. The hotel’s computer system and payment systems were also compromised. Hotel staff could not do anything to reset the keys. The hackers demanded 1,500 EUR (around Rs 1,10,000) in Bitcoin in exchange for giving back computer system access to the staff. With guests locked in, and out of, hotel rooms, the hotel says that it had no option but to make the payment and clear up the situation as soon as possible.

Cyber Security Tips: Change the default username and password for everything. Keep your softwares and programs updated.

  1. Ransomware Infected 70% Surveillance Cameras in Washington D.C.

The hackers managed to plant ransomware in 123 of its 187 network video recorders, each controlling up to four CCTVs used in public spaces throughout Washington D.C, which eventually left them out from recording anything between 12 and 15 January. Officials told the Washington Post that the incident forced them to take the storage devices offline, remove the infection and rebooted the systems across the city, but did not fulfill any ransom demands by the hackers. While the storage devices were successfully put back to rights and the CCTV cameras were back to work, it is still unclear if any valuable data was lost or if the ransomware infection merely crippled the affected computer network devices.

Cyber Security Tips: Don’t click on links provided in emails and attachments from unknown sources. Ensure that your systems and devices are running the latest version of Antivirus software with updated malware definitions.

  1. Routers From Netgear Contain Bug that Allows Hackers to Gain Admin Credentials

Many owners of Netgear routers are at high risk of being getting hijacked by hackers as a serious security void hole was found by researchers. The security problem found here allows the attackers to access the router and collect the admin access passwords. Any remote hacker can use this vulnerability if remote administration is set to the Internet facing. Basically, this feature is turned off, but anyone with the physical access to a network that has a Netgear router can easily exploit it locally.

Cyber Security Tips: Don’t reuse same passwords for different devices or accounts.


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