Data Security News Headlines 29th June 2017

  1. Petya not a ransomware but a wiper malware

Petya ransomware attacks that began infecting computers in several countries, including Russia, Ukraine, France, India and the United States on Tuesday and which demands $300 ransom was not designed with the intention of restoring the computers at all. But according to a latest report Petya is not a ransomware but a wiper malware. According to a new analysis, the virus was designed to look like ransomware but was wiper malware that wipes computers outright, destroying all records from the targeted systems. According to Comae Technologies Founder Matt Suiche, who closely looked the operation of the malware, said after analyzing the virus, known as Petya, his team found that it was a “Wiper malware,” not ransomware.

Cyber security Tips: It is not clear yet if Petya is ransomware or malware, but users are recommended to pay attention, install patch released 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. 8Track Hacked: 18M accounts from music social network site stolen

The popular Internet radio and social networking website 8Track.com and has stolen 18 million accounts (18,674,447) of its registered users. The hacker tells HackRead that the website was hacked earlier this month in which he was able to grab account details such as usernames, emails, and passwords encrypted with Secure Hash Algorithm 1 (SHA-1). The data is now being sold on a popular dark web marketplace for a whopping price of $2,002 (0.8375 Bitcoins). According to the report, the stolen data includes usernames, email addresses, and hashed passwords.

Cyber Security Tips:  8Track users are recommended to reset their password as soon as possible and use strong password.

  1. Telugu movies hit by piracy, criminal cases registered

HYDERABAD: Two prominent Tollywood personalities on Wednesday approached the cyber-crime wing of Hyderabad police and registered a complaint that their respective movies- DJ starring Allu Arjun and Jai Lava Kusa staring Jr NTR- are affected with piracy. Cyber Crime police said that prominent producer Dil Raju first approached police informing that someone had uploaded the pirated print of the recently released DJ movie on Facebook and Youtube. Similarly, Kalyan Ram too approached the police to lodge a complaint that their movie Jai Lava Kusa (JLK) teaser and few scenes are leaked on the social media. According to the complaint given by the representatives of JLK, it was one Rakesh Kumar who had stolen the teaser footage from the production house and in turn showed it to several of his friends in Ganesh studio.

Cyber security Tips: To prevent from such leak protect your servers and systems with strong authentication, physical security and follow the information security practices.

 

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