Data Security News Headlines 7th June 2017

  1. 14-Year-Old Japanese Boy Arrested for Creating Ransomware

Ransomware is a type of malicious software designed to block access to a computer system until a sum of money is paid. Recently WannaCry had targeted millions of computers word wide. According to the latest report, Japanese authorities have arrested a 14-year-old boy in Osaka for allegedly creating and distributing a ransomware malware. Ransomware has been around for a few years, but currently, it has become a major cyber threat for businesses and users across the world. The recent arrest came after the teenager, who is a third-year junior high school student, created a ransomware virus and uploaded its source code on the Internet, according to multiple Japanese media. According to Japanese police, the teen’s ransomware allowed a downloader to infect victims’ computers, demanding payment in digital currency. His ransomware framework has been downloaded over 100 times.

Cyber Security Tips: To protect yourself from ransomware attacks keep your system up-to-date, keep using antimalware, regularly backup your data and beware of phishing.

  1. Voice-based smartphone apps may put you at voice hacking risk

According to the study Siri, WeChat and other voice- based smartphone apps can expose you to voice hacking. Researchers say hackers can replay your voice convincingly enough to trick people as well as top digital security systems and use it for identity theft, financial fraud. With just a few minutes of audio samples, attackers can replay your voice convincingly enough to trick people as well as top digital security systems, researchers said.

Cyber Security Tips: Users are recommended that avoid to use such apps if not necessary, never download apps from untrusted sources and keep using reputed antivirus in your smartphone.

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