Data Security News Headlines 8th May 2017

  1. Debenhams Flowers Website Hacked; 26,000 Customers Impacted

Debenhams plc is a British multinational retailer operating under a department store format in the United Kingdom and Ireland with franchise stores in other countries. According to report website was compromised and personal and financial information of 26,000 customers was stolen. The news came out when Debenhams sent emails to its customers revealing that their Flowers supplier, Ecomnova, a third-party company that owns a flower and gifting websites, has experienced a cyber-attack on 24th February and 11th April 2017. The stolen data includes payment details, credit card information, and personal information including name, address, email address and passwords. The reason of hacking is not cleared.

Cyber Security Tips: Customers are strictly recommended that change their passwords as soon as possible, change your banking passwords and keep watch on your bank statement.

  1. High-Profile Targets Attacked via Software Update Mechanism

A recently discovered cyber-attack targeting high-profile technology and financial organizations is using a compromised software update mechanism for malware delivery, Microsoft security researchers reveal. Through compromising the update mechanism or software supply chain for a third-party editing tool, the actors were able to deploy a piece of malware Microsoft detects as Rivit. This malicious executable would launch PowerShell scripts bundled with the Meterpreter reverse shell, which provided remote attackers with silent control over the compromised machines.  The attackers used the following network addresses to perform initial network scanning, lateral movement, and command-and-control (C&C) communication: hXXp://5.39.218.205/logo.png and hXXp://176.53.118.131/logo.png. The same addresses were used to download Meterpreter-based payloads as well according to news published by Security Week.

Cyber Security Tips: To protect from such attack keep your software’s up-to-date, keep using updated antivirus.

  1. Emmanuel Macron’s French presidential campaign emails leaked online

FRANKFURT/PARIS: Leading French presidential candidate Emmanuel Macron’s campaign said on Friday it had been the target of a “massive” computer hack that dumped its campaign emails online 2 days before voters choose between the centrist and his far-right rival Marine Le Pen. According to an investigation, nine gigabytes of data were posted by a user called EMLEAKS to Pastebin, a document-sharing site that allows anonymous posting. The investigator said that the data has been cleared.

Cyber Security Tips: To protect from email hacking keep changing your password, use two-way authentication, avoid to opening emails which received from unknown persons and be aware of phishing.

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