Data Security News Headlines 26th April 2017

  1. Four Indian universities website hacked by Pakistani hackers

Indian websites are always targeted by Pakistani hackers. Pakistan-based PHC Pakistani l33t w4s h3r3 hackers allegedly hacked the official websites of four prominent Indian universities Delhi University, Aligarh Muslim University, Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Delhi and IIT BHU. After hacking the IIT Delhi website (www.iitd.ac.in), they posted an abusive note on the front pages of the website about Indian government and the Indian Armed forces and wrote abuses about Indian government and the Indian Armed forces on the landing pages of the website. Greetings Government of India, and the people of India. The hackers said this hack is in response to CodeMan’s hack of railways.gov.pk and in the solidarity of innocent Kashmiri People being killed by Indian Army!” Officials of IIT-Delhi managed to restore the website within minutes. However, the website of Delhi University and AMU has still not been restored. While the group said that they have not stolen or deleted any kind of data, they just intend to deliver a strong message to the Indian “government and the people of India.

Cyber Security Tips: To prevent from website hacking keep your web server secured, keep your website CMS up-to date, use a strong security suit to prevent it from malicious software’s and do Vulnerability Assessment and Penetration Testing (VAPT) to know vulnerabilities in your websites. To get excellent VAPT service visit http://www.anacyber.com/

  1. Webroot ‘mistakenly’ flags Windows as Malware and Facebook as Phishing site

A famous antivirus service Webroot mistakenly flagged core Windows system files as malicious and started temporarily removing some of the legit files also trashing user computers around the world. It is happened due to the company released a bad update on April 24, which was pulled after approximately 15 minutes. But that still hasn’t stopped some PCs from receiving it, causing serious issues for not just individuals, but also companies and organizations relying on the software. It not only flags Windows as Malware but flags Facebook as Phishing site according to the customer. According to the report, hundreds and even thousands of systems were broken down after antivirus software flagged hundreds of benign files needed to run Windows and apps that run on top of the operating system. The buggy update caused Webroot anti-virus service to detect legitimate Windows files, including those signed by Microsoft, as W32.Trojan.Gen files.

Cyber Security Tips: To restore files and prevent its antivirus from re-detecting the same Windows files as W32.Trojan.Gen users are recommended to uninstalling Webroot, then restoring quarantined files from a backup drive, and then re-installing Webroot believes in fixing the issue.

  1. Atlassian’s HipChat Hacked — Users’ Data May Have Been Compromised

HipChat is group chat built for teams & business. Free for unlimited users enjoy unlimited group chat, video chat & screen sharing.  Atlassian’s group chat platform HipChat is notifying its users of a data breach after some unknown hacker or group of hackers broke into one of its servers over the weekend and stole data. It is happened due to the vulnerability in a “popular third-party” software library used by its HipChat.com and the service allowed hackers to break into its server and access customer account information. According to report stolen data includes customers’ names, email addresses, chat logs and hashed password information. The Company said that HipChat users not connected to the affected third-party software library are not affected by the data breach.

Cyber Security Tips: Users are strictly recommended to change their password as soon as possible, use a strong password and be alert of phishing.

  1. Interpol’ Operation Founds Malware Infection in More Than 9,000 Servers

The International Criminal Police Organization, ICPO or INTERPOL, is an intergovernmental organization facilitating international police cooperation. Interpol said stated on Monday that one of their operations uncovered more than 9,000 C2 (command-and-control) servers and government portals that were compromised and infected by malware. Malware is nothing but a malicious software that can include computer viruses, spying programs, and similar software, that are used to infect and harm Internet-connected devices. According to the statement by Interpol Analysis identified nearly 270 websites infected with a malware code which exploited a vulnerability in the website design application. Among them were several government websites which may have contained personal data of their citizen. They also found some phishing pages which are linked to Nigeria. Interpol also said that several threats found on the C2 servers include entire malware families that were active at the time of the discovery and whose purpose was to target financial institutions, launch Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS attacks), spread ransomware, as well as distribute spam.

Cyber Security Tips: To prevent from malware attacks users are recommended to keep using reputed security suit, keep monitoring your server, use firewall to block traffic and implement malware protection for your server as well as in your system.

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