Data Security News Headlines 14th March 2017

  1. Google Kicks Out Largest Android Adware Family From The Play Store

Google has stepped up its efforts to remove potentially harmful apps from its Play Store in the past years and added more stringent malware checks for new apps, Adware app eventually finds its way into its mobile app marketplace to target millions of Android users. Adware, or advertising-supported software, is any software package that automatically renders advertisements in order to generate revenue for its author. The advertisements may be in the user interface of the software or on a screen presented to the user during the installation process. Google has recently discovered a new massive ad-fraud family of a botnet that was infecting Android users through apps hosted on its official Play Store. According to the Google engineers, their security teams had to look through more than 100,000 lines of sophisticated code written by seemingly professional developers in an effort to figure out exactly what the Chamois-related apps were up to.

Cyber security Tips: Users are strictly recommended that avoid to click on any adware, keep your system up to date and use updated antivirus.

  1. Latest Google Chrome Scam Aims At Stealing Credit Card Data

The latest one to join the bandwagon of Chrome-oriented scams involves using fake application that looks like Chrome browser but is a credit card scam that has been designed to trick unsuspecting users into providing their payment card details. This is done through the malicious app that seems like Google web browser and compels users to enter their payment card information, which is later collected and emailed to an AOL email ID, reports BleepingComputer.The malware was discovered by Malware Hunter Team and dubbed as Betaling; after it invades victim’s computer, it displays the standard Google Chrome icon on your desktop due to which it become difficult to differentiate between the authentic and fake Chrome application. When the victim clicks on the icon to load the browser window, a URL navigation bar just like the one that Chrome displays, appears on the screen as per news published in HackRead.

Cyber Security Tips: To protect yourself from such scams always download software from websites advised by the original developer and avoid downloading apps from third-party stores.

  1. Celebrity Websites Hacked with Messages Against ISIS and Turkey

The website ( was hacked Saturday morning when Fifth Harmony was attending Kids’ Choice Awards in Los Angeles, California. In their hack, Rekan Error left a deface page displaying Kurdish flag on the top, his Gmail email address along with messages against Turkey and the so-called Islamic State (Daesh) terrorist group. The site is restore now and investigation is going on.

Cyber Security Tips: Keep your website CMS up to date, do vulnerability Assessment and Penetration Testing (VAPT), to get excellent VAPT service visit


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