Data Security News Headlines 25th May 2017

  1. WannaCry malware hits 3 firms in Hyderabad

Hyderabad: Wannacry had already targeted more than 237,000 computers worldwide. According to latest report three firms including a small-sized IT company has been infected with Wannacry ransomware. Systems in Opulentus and MoreVisas, both Immigration and Visa Consultants, as well as Chevronne Softech, were hit by this ransomware. “Few Windows PCs having accounts and finance-related information were affected. The screens of read-you’re important files have been encrypted and documents, photos, videos, databases and other files are no longer accessible. If you want to decrypt all your files, you need to pay  $300. Payment is accepted in Bitcoin only,” said an IT manager from Chevronne Softech.

Cyber Security Tips: Still WannaCry is not over, To prevent yourself from WannaCrypt ransomware users are strongly recommended to install patch release by Microsoft, keep yourself up-to-date, if you are using unsupported windows system apply the emergency patch released by Microsoft today, modify your firewall configurations to block access to SMB ports over the network or the Internet, Disable SMB, Keep your Antivirus software up-to-date, Backup Regularly and be aware of phishing.

  1. Hacker can easily Bypass Samsung Galaxy S8 Iris Scanner with a Photo

Samsung recently launched two smartphones Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 Plus, with good features Facial and IRIS Recognition, making it easier for users to unlock their smartphone and signing into websites. We already knew that the Galaxy S8’s facial unlock feature could be easily fooled with just a simple photograph of the device owner, but now hackers have also discovered a simple way to bypass the iris-based authentication, which Samsung wants you to think is unbeatable. The CCC group simply used the night mode setting on a Sony digital camera to capture a medium range photo of their subject. Since the iris scanner uses infrared light, the group then printed out a real-life sized infrared image of one eye using a Samsung printer and placed a contact lens on the top of the printed picture to provide some depth. Using this technique hacker can bypass Galaxy S8’s iris-based authentication

Cyber Security Tips: Users are strongly recommended that people to always use a strong passcode and device encryption to secure their devices, instead of biometric features, like fingerprint scan, IRIS scan, or facial recognition that can eventually be broken by a determined hacker.

  1. 386 WannaCry Ransomware and 26 EternalRocks Samples Discovered

Over 237,000 computers across 99 countries around the world have been infected by Wannacry. Once infected with the WannaCry ransomware, victims are asked to pay up to $300 in order to remove the infection from their PCs; otherwise, their PCs render unusable, and their files remain locked. According to the new report, the cyber security company has collected 386 new samples of WannaCry ransomware. The malware uses EternalBlue exploit stolen from the National Security Agency (NSA) of the United States and leaked by Shadow Brokers hacking group. Once infecting the device the malware asks users to pay a ransom payment of $300 to $600 in bitcoins.

Cyber Security Tips: To prevent yourself from WannaCrypt ransomware users are strongly recommended to install patch release by Microsoft, keep yourself up-to-date, if you are using unsupported windows system apply the emergency patch released by Microsoft today, modify your firewall configurations to block access to SMB ports over the network or the Internet, Disable SMB, Keep your Antivirus software up-to-date, Backup Regularly and be aware of phishing.

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