Data Security News Headlines 27th June 2017

  1. UK Parliament Hit by Cyberattack, Up to 90 MPs’ E-mail Accounts Hacked

Cyber-attacks are on the rise from last few years, hackers are targeting government websites, servers.   According to the latest report, UK Parliament Hit by Cyberattack and compromised around 90 emails.  A cyber-attack has hit the email system of UK Houses of Parliament on Friday morning and at least 90 emails accounts have been compromised, which is protected by weak passwords belonging to MPs, lawmakers, and other parliamentary staff. The spokesperson said that we have discovered unauthorized attempts to access accounts of parliamentary networks users and are investigating this ongoing incident, working closely with the National Cyber Security Centre. The authorities found less than 1% of parliament’s 9,000 email addresses had been compromised using the brute-force attack that lasted for more than 12 hours. It is unclear who is responsible for the attack, but the breach has happened just two days after the passwords of British cabinet ministers and officials were reportedly being sold online by hackers on Russian underground forums.

Cyber Security Tips: To prevent from such attacks keep your password strong, use two-way authentication, keep changing your email password, avoid to click on any links, never open spam emails and keep using reputed antivirus.

  1. Pro-ISIS group hacks Ohio Governor’ site with anti-Trump message

Team System DZ, a pro-ISIS (Daesh) hacking group from Algeria is previously targeted various websites, it is back again. This time the group has targeted the government of United States and defaced several Ohio State websites including the official website of Governor John Kasich. The Hackers left a deface page along with a pro-ISIS message on all hacked websites threatening the President of United States Donald Trump for his policies against Muslims. According to the deface message left by the group:  “You will be held accountable Trump, you and all your people for every drop of blood flowing from Muslim countries,” read the message on the Republican’s homepage, which also carried a black background and the message, “I love Islamic state.” It is not cleared how hackers compromised the website.

Cyber Security Tips: To prevent from website hacking keep your web servers up-to-date, keep secure your web servers with strong authentication, check for unnecessary open ports, do Vulnerability Assessment and Penetration Testing (VAPT), to get excellent VAPT services visit http://www.anacyber.com/

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