Data Security News Headlines 27th February 2017

  1. Cybercrimes in Pune double in 2016

PUNE: Cybercrime frauds doubled in Pune in 2016 compared to the previous year. Altogether 332 cases related to cybercrime were filed in 2016. In most cases, the victims have succumbed to the allurement of gifts and quick returns and have given away their card details, including pin numbers, to the fraudsters, Pune cybercrime cell senior inspector Sunil Pawar told TOI. In 2016, police registered 119 digital fraud cases and complaint applications. Out of the total fraud cases, 67% accounted for online sale and purchase. Puneites lost over Rs 5 crore in 22 cases and complaint applications, of email spoofing. Cyber cell team arrested over 60 men and women from Noida in Uttar Pradesh, about 12 from Mumbai and a few from Pune and Indore according to news published in Times Of India.

Cyber Security Tips: To protect yourself from such cyber criminals keep yourself secure when you are online, never share your details, be aware about social engineering and keep using updated software’s.

  1. Serious Bug Exposes Sensitive Data From Millions Sites Sitting Behind CloudFlare

The security vulnerability has been discovered in the CloudFlare content delivery network that has caused big-name websites to expose private session keys and other sensitive data. CloudFlare, a content delivery network (CDN) and web security provider that helps optimize safety and performance of over 5.5 Million websites on the Internet.  Researcher has found Cloudbleed critical bug that could have exposed a range of sensitive information, including passwords, and cookies and tokens used to authenticate users. Cloudbleed is a major bug which responsible for leakage of private key. The root cause of the Cloudbleed vulnerability was that “reaching the end of a buffer was checked using the equality operator and a pointer was able to step past the end of the buffer. Cloudbleed also affects mobile apps, because, in many cases, the apps are designed to make use of the same backends as browsers for content delivery and HTTPS (SSL/TLS) termination, according to news published in Hacker news.

Cyber Security Tips: Users are advised to force a password change for all of their users.

  1. About 13 per cent jump in phishing attacks in 2016: Kaspersky Labs

MUMBAI: Phishing attacks, where typically a hacker tries to obtain your password, credit card information or steal other sensitive online information, were up by 13.14 per cent in 2016, Kaspersky Labs said Friday. 52 per cent of these phishing attacks couldn’t be blocked by the security software’s you are using said Kaspersky. There were about 155 million phishing attempts on the firm’s users. “Of those, almost half of heuristic detections were attempts to visit a financial phishing page of those, more than 73.5 million – almost half – were the result of financial phishing attacks, i.e. where the aim was to obtain valuable personal information from users — such as their account numbers for banking, credit accounts, social security numbers, and the login and passwords they use to access online banking,” the company said. According to researcher most of the phishing attacks are carried out for stealing credentials related to banks, including account number, password. Every fourth (25.76 per cent) attack used fake online banking information said researcher.

Cyber Security Tips:  To protect user self from such a phishing attacks avoid to open spam mails, spam links, messages, avoid to download software’s from untrusted sites, never share your bank details, avoid to keep simple password and keep updated antivirus.

  1. Bank account hacking: Juvenile arrested for cyber crime

NORTH LAKHIMPUR, Feb 26 – In a sensational bank account hacking case linked to Maharashtra, a fifteen years old boy was arrested in Bihpuria. Rohit Krishna Mishra Ward No. 4 of Bihpuria town was arrested by North Lakhimpur police as he arrived to meet one account holder where he had deposited money hacked from a different bank account. Rohit, who has been hacking bank accounts from people across the country, incidentally hacked an account that belonged to a police officer in Maharashtra dealing with cybercrime.  According to report he hacked amount while customers making online shopping or payment.

Cyber Security Tips:  Avoid to use internet banking on untrusted websites, never fill bank details forms when you are online, never share your bank details, OTP.

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