Data Security News Headlines 22nd March 2017

  1. No vulnerability in UPI or BHIM app!

BHIM (Bharat Interface for Money – BHIM App) is a Mobile App developed by National Payments Corporation of India (NPCI), based on the Unified Payment Interface (UPI). It was launched by Narendra Modi, the Prime Minister of India. After launching BHIM, a researcher found some vulnerabilities in the apps. The National Payments Corporation of India (NPCI) on Monday assured that there is “no vulnerability of loopholes” reported in Bharat Interface for Money (BHIM) or the Unified Payments Interface (UPI) applications. Team also said that they had successfully tested BHIM apps and now it is fully secure for use. Accordingly, the government has launched a special drive for linking of mobile number with bank accounts for which banks are expected to reach out to their customers and ensure universal acceptance of mobile banking services at the earliest.

Cyber Security Tips:  Users are recommended that uninstall old BHIM app and install new from trusted site or play store.

  1. 550 government websites hacked in 3 years, 39 already in 2017

Over 550 incidents of hacking of government websites were reported in the past three years, including 39 in the first two months of 2017, Lok Sabha was informed on Tuesday. According to the information provided by the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY), a total number of 155, 164 and 199 websites of the Union and state governments were hacked during 2014, 2015 and 2016, respectively, apart from the 39 already reported in 2017, up until February. Minister of State for Home Affairs Hansraj Ahir said the government has constituted an expert group to study the gaps and challenges in handling cyber-crimes as per the news published by Deccan herald newspaper.

Cyber security Tips: To prevent from website hacking make sure that you are not using a vulnerable version of CMS, keep your server secured with security devices, do Vulnerability Assessment and Penetration Testing (VAPT). To get excellent VAPT service visit:

  1. Yogi Adityanath’s obscene morphed photos hit Facebook

The Yogi Adityanath is new CM of Uttar Pradesh. The Bharatiya Janata Party Yuva Morcha has filed a complaint against a communist activist, Prabha Belavangala today at the Cyber Crime Police Station for posting morphed, tampered and obscene images of the newly appointed Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh, Yogi Adityanath on her social media account on 20th March 2017. These images, prima facie, appears to be morphed and digitally tampered. These images depict the CM in a very poor light and is highly defamatory in nature.

Cyber Security Tips:  If any incident happened immediately contact with the cyber cell.

  1. 29 lakh debit cards infected with malware attack in 2016

From last year hackers are targeting banking domain, in last year SBI blocked 6.25 lakh debit cards after ‘suspicious’ transactions spike. India’s junior Finance minister, Santosh Gangwar revealed in a report submitted to the Lok Sabha last week on March 17 that around 29 lakh debit cards came under malware attack last year through ATMs that were connected to a switch provided by Hitachi Payment Services (HPS). However, successful attempts of misuse of compromised cards as reported to RBI by banks were only 3,291. RBI has informed that HPS appointed SISA InfoSec for PCI forensic investigation as per the news published by ETCIO.

Cyber Security Tips: To protect yourself from such claims make sure that you are doing payment through the secure gateway.

  1. Hackers are using mobile weak link to attack your organization

In today’s world of mobile and cloud, maintaining cyber security is not as easy. Today hackers are targeting organization through employees mobile. Employees are regularly accessing company’s network through mobile and accessing the internet. Cybercriminals are increasingly targeting organizations with threats such as malicious apps, phishing scam and ransomware. A recent survey by Cyren indicates that 71% of US SMBs were hacked in the past year, with 71% suffering a malware-related security breach, 43% a successful phishing attack, 36% suffering a virus or worm infection and 23% falling victim to ransomware. Once employee click on malicious links attacker can start malicious activities. Successful exploitation could allow an attacker to Access Company’s network.

Cyber Security Tips:  To protect from such hacking organization need to secure their network, make aware their employee about cyber security, make sure that they are using reputed antivirus, employees are strictly recommended that avoid visit malicious web site while connected to the company network.

  1. 3 arrested for hacking Indore man’s mail ID

Bhopal: Cyber cell arrested three people, for hacking Gmail ID of an Indore-based businessman. The accused were nabbed from Tamil Nadu and released on bail. Police said the victim’s ID was recovered after getting the IP from Gmail. Complainant Rajkumar is a resident of Jawahar Marg in Indore. He is the owner of a firm. The complainant had stated that he could not access his Gmail ID, as it was being used by someone else. Cyber cell of the police in Bhopal have registered a case under sections of IT Act. Police said the details of the IP address were taken from the service provider. It was later ascertained that the ID is being used at Salem in Tamil Nadu.

Cyber Security Tips:  To protect yourself from Gmail hacking, keep using the strong password, avoid to open spam mails, use reputed antivirus and enable two-way authentication.

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