Data Security News Headlines 4th July 2017

  1. Suspected WhatsApp hacker arrested

NASHIK: WhatsApp and Facebook accounts of 31 people have been hacked and morphed. Messages have been sent by the hacker from these accounts thereafter. According to the latest news published by Indian Express, Nashik police have arrested a college student from Rajasthan for allegedly hacking 31 WhatsApp accounts and sending obscene messages through them. Diptesh Salecha (20), the accused, was arrested from Jasol in Barmer district of Rajasthan and brought here last night, police commissioner Dr. Ravindra Kumar Singhal said. He hacked accounts by managing to get hold of one-time-password (OTP) issued for account verification.

Cyber security Tips:  To prevent WhatsApp hacking users are strongly recommended to improve their cyber security, avoid clicking on any links, enable two-way authentication, lock your WhatsApp account, Block WhatsApp photos from appearing in photo roll Hide ‘last seen’ timestamp, Restrict access to profile picture, Deactivate WhatsApp if you lose your phone, Remember to log out of WhatsApp Web and avoid chatting with unknown people.

  1. Crime branch arrests 7 cyber criminals

CUTTACK: Cyber Cell of Crime Branch on Monday arrested seven criminals who had allegedly cheated a man out of Rs 5.5 lakh in an online fraud. A team of the crime branch has arrested the seven cyber criminals from Delhi and NCR region and has seized Rs 44 lakh cash, mobile phones, SIM cards, identity proofs, debit and credit cards from their possession. One Laxmidhar Hota, of Tarapur village under Banki police limits, had lodged a complaint in March last year alleging that he had received a phone call from some persons who had informed him about some insurance schemes and assured good returns. The accused had assured him to provide a maturity amount of Rs 35 lakh. For this scheme, the fraudsters asked him to transfer Rs 5.5 lakh in their accounts.

Cyber security Tips: To prevent yourself from such a fraud never share your bank details with anyone, never transfer amount to unknown peoples and if any incident happened immediately contact with the cyber cell.

  1. UK Teenager, Aged 18, Charged With Running DDoS-For-Hire Service

A person who had previously targeted various business sites has been arrested. Jack Chappell, an 18-year-old a teenage student has been charged with running a supplying malware that was used for launching distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks against websites of some of the world’s leading businesses. Victims that were allegedly attacked by Chappell’s malware are the National Crime Agency (NCA), T-Mobile, O2, Virgin Media, the BBC, Amazon, Vodafone, BT, Netflix, and NatWest that had its online banking systems down in a 2015 cyber-attack.

Cyber Security Tips: To prevent from DDOS attacks you are strongly recommended to keep filtering packets, use IP blacklisting, use Intrusion detection system, firewall, keep monitoring your network and keep your systems up-to-date.

  1. Google Employees Data Stolen After Data Breach

Google has informed its employees that their personal data including names, credit card and contact details have been stolen after hackers broke into a travel agency software working with Google. Google mention in their letter that drivers’ license, passport, and Social Security Numbers (SSN) were not stolen. Sabre explained to its customers that Sabre Hospitality Solutions SynXis, a reservation system used by more than 32,000 hotels around the world were targeted by unknown attackers. The system was also used by Carlson Wagonlit Travel (CTW) travel agency which is responsible for making hotel booking for Google employees.

Cyber Security Tips:  Google employees are recommended to change their passwords as soon as possible, keep monitoring their bank statement.

  1. Pakistani man jailed for 4 years over $19.6M hacking scheme

Muhammad Sohail Qasmani, a 49-year-old Pakistan was sentenced to four years of imprisonment after he was discovered to have hacked into the internal phones systems of U.S companies and made $19.6 million in revenue. According to the report, he hacked into PBX systems and made calls and charges of these phone calls were paid by the companies themselves. According to the documents, internal phone services of certain U.S companies were attacked whereby the hacker placed calls through unused phone extensions. These extensions were then programmed and used to connect with adult entertainment services and psychic hotlines for money. The revenue was generated based on how long the call was. The scheme allowed the hackers to collect money from as many as 650 people across 10 countries. The entire scheme caused a loss of $70 million as reported by on the 29th of June.

Cyber Security Tips: To prevent from such hacks you are strongly recommended to ensure that your PBX is securely configured and has the latest software updates, keep using a strong password, change the default password, restrict your voicemail service from allowing call forwarding functionality and regularly monitor the PBX system log files.

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