Data Security News Headlines 11th July 2017

  1. Kamya Panjabi claims her Instagram was hacked

Hacking Instagram account is not new for us, the latest victim is Kamya Panjabi.  Kamya Panjabi had recently supported the Lipstick Under My Burkha campaign, #LipstickRebellion, by posting a bold backless picture. However, after a couple of hours, the picture got deleted which led to assumption that she has backed out the campaign. But now, the actor has released an explanation in which she expressed that her account was hacked adding that she has never deleted anything that she has posted on her Instagram account.

Cyber Security Tips: To prevent yourself from such claims, you are strongly recommended to keep your personal data secure, avoid to share your personal pics with anyone, use two-way authentication, use strong password for your account.

  1. Satellite Phone Encryption Calls Can be Cracked in Fractions of a Second

Security researchers have discovered a new method to decrypt satellite phone communications encrypted with the GMR-2 cipher.  The new attack method has been discovered by two Chinese security researchers showing that the phone’s encryption can be cracked so quickly that attackers can listen in on calls in real time. GMR-2 encryption algorithm that is commonly being used in most modern satellite phones, including British satellite telecom Inmarsat, to encrypt voice calls in order to prevent eavesdropping. The attack method requires hitting a 3.3GHz satellite stream thousands of times with an inversion attack, which eventually produces the 64-bit encryption key and makes it easier to hunt for the decryption key, allowing attackers to decrypt communications and listen in to a conversation. According to the duo, the attack can eventually crack the satellite phone call encryption in a fraction of a second when carried out successfully, allowing the attacker to break into the communications in real time for live eavesdropping.

 

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