Data Security News Headlines 4th April 2017

  1. Three Nigerian arrested in UAE for blackmailing five senior White House officials

Dubai Police has arrested a group of African hackers who allegedly blackmailed five senior White House officials after hacking into their email accounts. All three will be handed over to US authorities after they will complete their jail term in the UAE. According to the director of Information and Development in Cyber-Crimes Department, Major Saud Bin Suror Al Khalidy, the hackers are from Nigeria. They hacked into the emails of the senior officials in the White House and sent them blackmail emails. Hackers had hacked emails and access confidential information. They had a list of many bank accounts and hacking software and cash. During the investigation, cyber sell found electronic devices, financial remittance documents, hacking software, bank accounts, and a list of electronic bank accounts.

Cyber Security Tips: To prevent from such blackmailing secure email with a strong password, enable two-way authentication, keep changing your password and if any incident happened with you immediately contact with the cyber cell.

  1. Splunk Patches Information Theft and XSS Flaws

Splunk is Operational Intelligence, Log Management Application. Splunk last week released an update for Splunk Enterprise to address an information theft bug and a persistent Cross Site Scripting (XSS) vulnerability. The vulnerabilities are discovered by security researcher John Page the information theft issue is tracked as CVE-2017-5607 and has been assessed a CVSS Base Score of 3.5. The vulnerability can be exploited by a remote attacker to siphon information from Splunk Enterprise when the user visits a malicious web page. The attacker can use JavaScript to exploit the issue, as the root cause of it is the global Window JS variable assignment of config?autoload=1 ‘$C’, the security researcher notes in his advisory. The XSS vulnerability could allow an attacker to execute scripts.

Cyber Security Tips: Administrators are recommended to patch these vulnerabilities.

  1. Fraud of Rs49,000 registered by cyber branch

A case of fraudulently withdrawing Rs49, 000 from Bank of India’s Berkhedi branch was registered by the cyber-crime branch on Sunday. According to the police, the victim Kishwar Jahan found that Rs 49000 were withdrawn from the bank account. Strengthening her claims the victim told that she has statements of account which has mention of Rs 49000 and bank pass-book also reflects that Rs 49000 were in the bank account held by the victim with the bank. Cyber sell started an investigation on it, but the reason of hacking not clear yet.

Cyber Security Tips:  To protect yourself from such fraud keep your bank data such as ATM card, pin no, password, one-time password, account numbers secure and never share your banking details.

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