Data Security News Headlines 17th April 2017

  1. Indian hacker group leaks data of 1.7 million Snapchat

Snapchat, the popular social networking platform for sharing photo and video. Last year, the Indian hacking group found some vulnerabilities in Snapchat’s database after which they siphoned details of nearly 1.7 million users. According to the new report, total 1.7 million user’s database is now sold on a dark web by Indian hacker. Snapchat is yet to confirm any successful data breach or leak.

Cyber Security Tips: Snapchat users are recommended to reset their password with a strong one and enable two-way authentication.

  1. Chinese Video Service Giant Youku Hacked; 100M Accounts Sold on Dark Web

Youku is one of China’s top online video and streaming service platforms.  Before a month ago a Dark Web vendor sells 1 Billion user accounts stolen from the Chinese Internet giants. Chines online video and streaming service platforms 100,759,591 user accounts data are stolen and sold on the dark web. The database according to vendor’s listing was leaked in 2016 and leaked on the Internet this year. The reason of leaked is not cleared yet.  The data contains emails and passwords decrypted with MD5 & SHA1 hashes. According to the sample data (552 accounts) provided by CosmicDark, most of the emails are based on,, and according to news published by HackRead.

Cyber Security Tips:  Youku users are strictly recommended to change their password, use a strong password, keep enable two-way authentication if possible and keep changing your password regularly.

  1. Cars with Vulnerable WIFI Dongle can be Hacked via Bluetooth

There is massive growth in the connected-car technology market over the past few years, and it is going to increase further more. Now your smart car can be hacked just using a Bluetooth connection. According to researcher cyber security firm Argus a car using Bosch Drivelog Connector OBD-II dongle could be easily victimized with just a Bluetooth connection. The security flaws are present in Drivelog Connect application 1.1.1 and below and Dongle firmware version 4.8.0 to 4.9.2. The flaws allow an attacker to hack car with just a Bluetooth connection.

Cyber Security Tips: Temporary measures had been taken by the company to deal with the security threat, and they are currently working on a permanent solution to fix this, users are recommended that once the company release the patches immediately apply it

  1. Britain First’ Website, Twitter and YouTube hacked

Britain First is a far-right and British nationalist political party and movement formed in 2011 by former members of the British National Party (BNP). The website and social media accounts of Britain First, a far-right group were hacked by unknown hackers. The hackers deleted each and every video (176) from BF’s YouTube account, Paul Golding’s Twitter account was renamed to “massive fucking chav” while Fransen’s website was also defaced reports HuffingtonPost. After the hack, the hackers were able to compromise Britain First’s official YouTube channel, Twitter account of Paul Golding, the leader of Britain First and a convicted criminal and website of Jayda Fransen, the deputy Leader of Britain First according to news published by HackRead.

Cyber Security Tips: To protect from such hacking keep your account secured with strong password, keep changing your passwords, avoid to click on any links while you are online, to prevent website being compromised, you are recommended to keep your CMS up to date, do Vulnerability Assessment and Penetration Testing (VAPT) to know your website vulnerabilities. To get excellent VAPT service visit

  1. Vulnerabilities leaked by Shadow Brokers already fixed, said Microsoft

Shadow Brokers leaked some vulnerabilities of Microsoft but the good news is that it is already fixed by Microsoft in last months. The company also said it verified the exploits and discovered that nine were already been addressed by previously issued patches. According to experts, the leaks, published by the Shadow Brokers on Friday, targeted a variety of Windows servers and Windows operating systems, including Windows 7 and Windows 8, CNN reported. The group also published another set of documents that indicate that NSA penetrated the SWIFT banking network in the Middle East. The Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunication (SWIFT) provides a network that enables financial institutions worldwide to send and receive information about financial transactions in a secure, standardized and reliable environment.

Cyber Security Tips: Users are recommended to apply the patches as soon as possible to prevent from such exploits.


  1. Somebody just hacked Ex-Premier League star Anthony Stokes lover Eilidh Scott’s iCloud account

Unknown hackers hacked into the iCloud account of former Premier League star and Blackburn Rovers.player, Anthony Stokes girlfriend Eilidh Scott and leaked intimate and explicit images of the couple. The leak also includes a video of the couple. The hackers hacked into Eilidh’s iCloud account and accessed the couple’s personal album. The hackers leaked nearly 240 images of the couple including nudes. The videos and the images are being widely circulated on social media by the hacker.

Cyber Security Tips: To protect your iCloud account always use a strong password, never use your Apple ID password with other online accounts, Change your password regularly and avoid reusing old passwords, Choose security questions and answers that can’t be easily guessed, Set up two-factor authentication, Avoid phishing scams and keep your personal data secure.

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