Data Security News Headlines 29th March 2017

  1. Apple iOS 10.3 Fixes Safari Flaw Used in JavaScript-based Ransomware Campaign

A new ransomware campaign has been found in Apple’s iOS Safari browser. This could allow an attacker to extort money from users who view pornography content on their phones or attempt to illegally download pirated music or other sensitive content.  If you are using iPhone or iPad, it’s possible you could see popup windows in a sort of endless cycle on your Safari browser, revealing your browser has been locked and asking you to pay a fee to unlock it. Just do not pay any ransom. This is happening due to vulnerabilities present in safari browser, so that Safari displayed JavaScript pop-up windows, which allowed ransomware scammers to display an endless loop of pop-up windows. The Company has promptly patched the issue and release of iOS 10.3.

Cyber Security Tips: Users are strictly recommended that first clear your browser cache, go to Settings → Safari → Clear History and Website Data and update safari with latest patches.

  1. Vulnerable Smartphones, IoT Devices: 400% increase in infection rate

Use of smartphone and IOT devices is increasing day to day. According to the Nokia threat intelligence report- 2H 2016, the smartphone and IoT devices infection rate is rising rapidly over the past few years. The trend of targeting IoT devices started early in the year 2016. s per reports, the most targeted Operating system was Android, as the Android devices made around 85% of the total count of infected devices, but other operating systems were not spared either. Apple devices also suffered the attacks from a software called “Spyphone Surveillance,” and the devices were infected to track call records, message history, locations and basically everything you do on the device. From last few years, android is a favorite target of hackers, they are using different techniques to attack into smartphones. Kevin McNamee wrote in his report, “The security of IoT devices has become a major concern. The Mirai botnet attacks last year demonstrated how thousands of unsecured IoT devices could easily be hijacked to launch crippling DDoS attacks. Various smartphones are also vulnerable due to malicious applications, outdated applications, stagefright.

Cyber Security Tips:  Users must keep updated application in their mobile, avoid to install an application from unknown sources, keep using updated antivirus and keep yourself aware of cyber threat

  1. Laptops With More than 3.7 Million Hong Kong Voters’ Data Stolen

The Registration and Electoral Office of Hong Kong has reported the disappearance of two laptop computers after the chief executive election. The laptops contained around 3.7 million city’s voter’s personal information that could be compromised. The information that was stored on these devices also included the names of 1,200 electors on the Election Committee. These are the names of the people who selected Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor as Hong Kong’s chief executive this Sunday, reports South China Morning Post as per the news published by HackRead. The theft of these two computers apparently happened in the room at the AsiaWorld-Expo on Lantau that was described as the election’s “fallback venue.”

Cyber Security Tips: To protect from such theft keep your critical assets physically secure.

  1. 4 Billion Records Compromised in 2016: Report

Nearly 1.4 billion records were compromised in 2016 as a result of roughly 1,800 data breaches, according to Gemalto’s latest Breach Level Index report. According to report the number of compromised records increased by 86 percent compared to the previous year. The report also shows that more than 1,000 incidents, or 59 percent of the total, involved theft of identity information, while nearly 30 percent involved financial and account data. Data collected by Gemalto shows that 68 percent of data breaches were the work of malicious external hackers, while 19 percent of incidents were classified as accidental leaks. Malicious insiders accounted for 9 percent of breaches. There are lots of data breaches happened in last few year some favorite target was Yahoo, LinkedIn. The Yahoo breaches disclosed last year, which involved hundreds of millions of user records.

Cyber Security Tips:  To protect from such data breaches keep your data secured, keep backup of your data, avoid to use the same password for different accounts.

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