Data Security News Headlines 04th February 2017

  1. PayPal Users Hit with Account Limited Phishing Scam

Gmail users were targeted with a phishing scam, and now it’s time for PayPal since it is undoubtedly one of the most used online payment systems in the world making it a perfect target for cyber criminals. Eset, a cyber security firm, has discovered a phishing scam targeting PayPal users to steal their login credentials. According to report published in Hackread cybercriminals are sending fake emails tricking users into believing that their PayPal account has been limited due to “some unusual activity” which can be resolved only through contacting the official PayPal by clicking on the link embedded in the email. Once user clicking on login bar it ask for PayPal credentials.

Cyber Security Tips: Users are strictly recommended that avoid to click on such malicious links, avoid to fill your credentials in link.

  1. Palestinian Engineer Jailed for Hacking Israeli CCTVs & Drones

An Israeli court has sentenced Majid Oweida, a 23-year old from Gaza City to 9 years in prison on charges of hacking into Israeli drones. According to the prosecutors, the Palestinian computer engineer was spying on Israel for a terror group. Oweida was detained in February 2016 while he was indicted on charges of having a membership of an illegal organization, keeping contact with enemy agents, spying, and conspiracy at a Beersheba District Court. Oweida joined Islamic Jihad in 2011 and agreed on developing software that could help the organization in monitoring traffic cameras installed in Israel so that Islamic Jihad could carry out attacks. According to investigation he started development of software that could help in hacking into and monitoring Israeli drones that would broadcast pictures from the “skies of Gaza.” While attempting to do so, Oweida entered a conspiracy for transferring information to an enemy of Israel who would try to harm Israel’s state security as per report published in hackread.

Cyber Security Tips: To protect from such hack secure your network with security software’s, avoid to click on malicious links and spam mails.

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