Data Security News Headlines 20th February 2017

  1. Charging Smartphone in Public Ports Leads to Data Hack — So Let’s Stop

A smartphone with a low battery is a problem, in such scenario, finding a USB port installed somewhere or charging facility at public outlets seems to be a blessing. Public charging ports are installed almost everywhere for the users and victors convenience such as at airports, conference centers, cafes, parks and planes, etc. Drew Paik from IT security security firm Authentic8 told CNN that this is a very dangerous thing to do because the outlet might be hacked and all the data present in your phone could easily be transferred to a hacker. He states that simply through plugging in your phone into a hacked charger or power strip would lead to getting your device infected at once and all your data will also be compromised. The reason is that the cord used to plug in your mobile phone is also used for sending data to and from the device. Once you have connected your smartphone using the same charging cord, you can easily transfer images and music from your mobile to your Mac. Hence, through compromising this particular cord, a hacker can extract all sorts of data from your mobile including pictures, emails, contact numbers, SMS messages, etc. without your knowledge obviously.

Cyber Security Tips: Users are strictly recommended that never connect your mobile on public place.

  1. 63 Universities and US Government agencies breached by hacker

A “Russian-speaking and notorious financially-motivated” hacker, Rasputin has reportedly hacked the computer systems of various universities and government agencies of US and sold the stolen data on the dark web. According to the cyber security research firm, Recorded Future, the hackers gained access to computer systems of more than 63 universities and federal, state, and local U.S. government agencies. The prominent universities include Cornell and New York University. The firm claimed that the victims are “intentional targets of choice based on the organization’s perceived investment in security controls and the respective compromised data value. The List of U.S University victims: Cornell University, University of the Cumberlands, VirginiaTech, Oregon College of Oriental Medicine, University of Maryland, Baltimore County, Humboldt State University, University of Pittsburgh, The University of North Carolina at Greensboro, New York University, University of Mount Olive, Rice University, Michigan State University, University of California, Los Angeles, Rochester Institute of Technology, Eden Theological Seminary, University of Tennessee, Arizona State University, St. Cloud State University, NC State University, University of Arizona, Purdue University, University at Buffalo, Atlantic Cape Community College, University of Washington as per report published in  ehacking news.

Cyber Security Tips: Affected universities are strictly recommended that check the data breach, send notification to all the employees, improve the security of universities.

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