Data Security News Headlines 16th March 2017

  1. US Charges Two Russian Spies & Two Hackers For Hacking 500 Million Yahoo Accounts

There are various yahoo hacks happened from last few years. The 2014 Yahoo hack disclosed late last year that compromised over 500 million Yahoo user accounts was believed to be carried out by a state-sponsored hacking group. According to news published by HackerNews two Russian intelligence officers and two criminal hackers have been charged by the US government in connection with the 2014 Yahoo hack that compromised about 500 million Yahoo user accounts, the Department of Justice announced Wednesday. According to the prosecutors, at least 30 million accounts were accessed as part of a spam campaign to access the email contents of thousands of people, including journalists, government officials, and technology company employees.

Cyber Security Tips:  To protect user self from getting hack keep secure your account with strong password, keep changing your password, never use same password for different accounts.

  1. How One Photo Could Have Hacked Your WhatsApp and Telegram Accounts

Use of WhatsApp and Telegram is increasing day to day for sharing messages, pictures, audio-video clips, but now user’s must be alert before clicking on any image you can be hacked. A new security vulnerability has recently been patched by two popular end-to-end encrypted messaging services WhatsApp and Telegram that could have allowed hackers to completely take over user account just by having a user simply click on a picture. The hack only affected the browser-based versions of WhatsApp and Telegram, so users relying on the mobile apps are not vulnerable to the attack. According to Checkpoint security researchers, the vulnerability resided in the way both messaging services process images and multimedia files without verifying that they might have hidden malicious code inside. Hackers are sending image containing malicious code for exploiting this vulnerability, once the user click on image the code will executing in background and hacker will get full access of your account. Once attacker able to access your photos, videos, chat, voic messages and all the important data.

Cyber Security Tips: WhatsApp fixed the flaw within 24 hours on Thursday, March 8, while Telegram patched the issue on Monday. Since the fixes have been applied on the server end, users don’t have to update any app to protect themselves from the attack; instead, they just need a browser restart. Users are strictly recommended avoid to open any malicious images and use updated antivirus in your mobile.

  1. Hundreds of High-Profile Twitter Accounts Hacked through 3rd-Party App

Hacking twitter account is not a new for us , In a large-scale Twitter hack, thousands of Twitter accounts from media outlets to celebrities, including the European Parliament, Forbes, BlockChain, Amnesty International, UNICEF, Nike Spain and numerous other individuals and organizations, were compromised early Wednesday. According to the latest reports, this weird Twitter activity on numerous high-profile accounts is the result of a vulnerability in the third-party app called Twitter Counter. Twitter counter is a social media analytics service that helps Twitter users to track their stats and also offers a variety of widgets and buttons. Many of the compromised Twitter accounts have seemed to have taken back control from hackers, the embarrassed tweets are still visible on many compromised accounts as per news published by HackerNews.

Cyber Security Tips: The attack appears to be coming through a vulnerability in the third-party app, users are advised to revoke permission to this app, as well as other unnecessary third party apps, enable two-factor authentication on your account via the account settings section of Twitter, use strong password and If you have ever used Twitter Counter, you should: Go to “Settings and Privacy>Click on the “Apps” section>Revoke the third-party access to Twitter Counter and Remove old apps that are no longer in use or ones you don’t recognize.

  1. Walk For Israel Website Hacked

Walk for Israel website was hacked and the homepage was deleted and replaced with a black screen bearing a hateful message. Company do not know who posted the message or whether the misspellings and grammatical errors were deliberate. Andre Douville, CEO of the annual Walk for Israel and executive director of Temple Shir Shalom in West Bloomfield, said he come to know about the hacking on Tuesday afternoon after receiving several phone calls and text messages from people who visited the website. The reason of hacking is not known yet and cyber cell is investigating it.

Cyber Security Tips: To protect your website from hacked, regularly update your CMS, use secure code review, do Vulnerability Assessment and Penetration testing (VAPT) to know your website vulnerability, to get excellent VAPT services visit,

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