Data Security News Headlines 6th July 2017

  1. 200 in Bengaluru lose Rs 10 lakh to ATM fraud in 1 week

BENGALURU: In less than a week, 200 Bengalureans have lost more than Rs 10 lakhs due to illegal withdrawals from ATMs. Police suspect that gangs have placed advanced card skimmers, which can read debit and credit card data during usage, with pinhole cameras in ATMs across the city to copy card data and capture PINs. Skimmer is a method used by criminals to capture data from the magnetic stripe on the back of an ATM card. Devices used are smaller than a deck of cards and are often fastened in close proximity to, or over the top of the ATM’s factory-installed card reader. According to the police report, advertising professional Rajith Ravi from Cooke Town got a shock at 11.53 pm on Monday when his cellphone buzzed with messages indicating three withdrawals worth Rs 30,000 from his HDFC bank BSE 0.38 % account from an ATM in Thane. After the investigation, police found that there were around 200 victims of this scimmer attack.

Cyber Security Tips: Users are recommended to keep themselves aware of such a skimming device, while using the ATM card making sure that there is no skimmer device, beware of hidden CCTV cameras and if anything suspicious is found, immediately contact with security guard

  1. Ukrainian Police Seize Servers of Software Firm Linked to NotPetya Cyberattack

NotPetya ransomware had recently targeted systems worldwide demanding $300 in bitcoin. According to a latest report, Ukrainian Police seized Servers of Software Firm Linked to NotPetya Cyber-attack.  On 4th July, masked police officers from Ukrainian anti-cybercrime unit — carrying shotguns and assault rifles — raided the software development firm “Intellect Service,” in the capital city Kyiv and seized their servers, which were reportedly compromised by hackers to spread (ExPetr, PetrWrap, Petya, NotPetya) ransomware. Petya investigation took interesting twist last week when researchers found that NotPetya is not a ransomware; instead, it’s a destructive piece of “wiper” malware designed to destroy all records from the targeted systems, making organizations to shut down their operations. It was also reported today that the hackers connected to the NotPetya ransomware moved $10,000 worth of Bitcoins from the online wallet they were using to receive payments from victims to a different wallet.

Cyber Security Tips: Though Servers have been seized by the police, but users are still recommended to keep themselves. To prevent from such attacks users must keep installing latest security patches, keep system up-to-date, keep using reputed security suits and beware of phishing.

  1. Website of Bellevue City Hacked

An unidentified group which is sympathetic to the Islamic State hacked the home page of the City of Bellevue on Monday. According to the Joe Mangiamelli, City administrator, told KETV NewsWatch 7 that the city first came to know about the hack at around 2.30 p.m. and officials since have been working with its web hosting firm to shut down the site and deactivate the disruption. The hacker, known as Team System DZ, has posted messages just like the one on the website of Bellevue on other municipal websites. After the hack the message “I love Islamic State” and “Hacked By team System Dz” appeared.  As per news reports, Team System DZ has also hacked other government websites. Team System DZ seems to have hacked the government sites in Ohio including the site of the governor in June. The site has been restored after it was taken down for a short duration of time.

Cyber Security Tips: To prevent website hack you are strongly recommended to keep your CMS up-to date, do secure coding, do vulnerability assessment to know vulnerabilities of your website and keep monitoring your website.

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