Data Security News Headlines 23rd June 2017

  1. WannaCry Again! Hits Honda & Traffic Light Camera System

The WannaCry is a powerful ransomware that already shuts down hospitals, telecom providers, and many businesses worldwide, infecting over 300,000 Windows systems running SMBv1 in more than 150 countries within just 72 hours on 12th of May. Latest victim of WannaCry ransomware is Honda Motor Company, company was forced to halt its production for more than 24 hours at in one of its Japan-based factories after finding the WannaCry infections in its computer networks. According to the news published by Hacker news, the automaker halted production of more than 1,000 at its Sayama plant, northwest of Tokyo, on Monday 19th June after it discovered that the ransomware had affected networks across Japan, North America, Europe, China, and other regions despite its efforts to secure systems in mid-May, according to a Wednesday report from Reuters. Another recent WannaCry victim was spotted in Australia when the Victoria Police confirmed that the ransomware infected a total of 55 red light cameras and speed cameras in Victoria via private camera operator Redflex. According to the 3AW morning radio show, the malware locked down critical files and demanded a ransom in return (WannaCry usually demands $300 to unlock files).

Cyber Security Tips: To prevent yourself from WannaCrypt ransomware users are strongly recommended to install patches 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. US Judge falls for email scam; loses $1 million

Cyber criminals are targeting users through email scam. According to the latest report, Lori Sattler, a 51-year-old Acting State Supreme Court Justice was tricked into an email scam she believed came from a legitimate real estate lawyer and she lost more than $1 million. It is happened when she was in the process of selling her apartment to buy another one? But what she didn’t expect was getting scammed in such a critical situation. According to NYDailyNews report, Sattler called on the law enforcement authorities and alerted about the scam. She told police that on Friday, June 7th she received an email from someone pretending to be her lawyer asking her to send money to a bank account.

Cyber security Tips: To prevent from such scam you are strongly recommended that make yourself aware of the cyber security incident, be careful while transferring amount, make sure that you are transferring money to a right person, beware of phishing attacks and avoid to opening spam mails.

  1. Attackers try to sneak a Ztorg Trojan onto Google Play by wrapping it.

Bangalore: Cyber criminals are always finding new way to target Android users. According to the Kaspersky Lab experts, discovered Ztorg apps on the Google Play Store that appear to show cybercriminals trying different ways to get their malware past security in this case by installing their malicious code in stages and wrapping a Trojan-SMS around an encrypted rooting Trojan. The attackers used the Trojan-SMS to make money from victims through premium-rate SMS while they waited to execute the rooting Trojan. The apps were downloaded more than 50,000 times since mid-May, 2017, but have now been removed from Google Play. The Ztorg SMS functionality allows the app to send premium rate SMS, delete incoming SMS and switch off sound and also have ability to bypass security.

Cyber Security Tips:  To prevent from these Trojan you are recommended that scan your device with antivirus, check the app permissions and avoid to download unknown apps.

  1. Virgin Media’s 800,000 customers are at risk!

Virgin Media is advising more than 800,000 customers with a specific router to change their password immediately after an investigation found hackers could gain access and steal their personal details. Ethical security researchers SureCloud gained access to a Virgin Super Hub 2 router, although Virgin Media said the issue also existed with other routers of the same age.  The researcher were said that users are at risk due to default passwords were just eight characters long and consisted of lowercase letters from an A-Z alphabet with just two letters removed, making them vulnerable to hackers.

Cyber Security Tips: Virgin Media customers are strongly recommended that change their routers password as soon as possible, change default password and keep your devices updated

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