Data Security News Headlines 13th July 2017

  1. Million Verizon Customers’ Data Exposed On Unprotected AWS Server

Verizon the largest telecommunication company has suffered from data breach.  According to a latest report, over 14 million US customers’ personal details were exposed on the Internet after NICE Systems, a third-party vendor, mistakenly left  sensitive users’ details open on a server. Chris Vickery, researcher and director of cyber risk research at security firm UpGuard, discovered the exposed data on an unprotected Amazon S3 cloud server that was fully downloadable and configured to allow public access. The exposed data included sensitive information of millions of customers, including their names, phone numbers, and account PINs. NICE Systems is an Israel-based company that is known for offering wide-range of solutions for intelligence agencies, including telephone voice recording, data security, and surveillance.

Cyber Security Tips: Customers are strongly recommended to reset their account password as soon as possible and use strong password.

  1. Trump Hotels’ Booking System Hacked, Credit Card Data Stolen

Hackers have targeted 14 Trump Hotels stealing personal and payment card data of customers again. The incident took place when hackers breached the booking reservation system of Sabre Hospitality Solutions, a third-party contractor used by Trump Hotels. According to the list published on the Trump Hotels website, the Donald Trump‘s properties were seriously affected by the Sabre Hospitality Solutions incident. “We are working with Sabre to address this issue,” Trump organization stated in the notice. “We understand that Sabre engaged a leading cyber security firm to support its investigation. Sabre indicated that they also notified law enforcement and the payment card brands about this incident.”

Cyber Security Tips: It is highly advised to keep an eye on your credit card transactions and in the case of any suspicious activity contact your bank.

  1. LeakerLocker Android Ransomware Threatens To Expose Personal Data To All Your Contacts

LeakerLocker, an Android ransomware, is here to infect the Android smartphones and threaten the users. The ransomware is found on Google Play. Notably, it doesn’t use encryption for keeping you away from your files and demand ransom. The researchers have identified it as Android/Ransom.LeakerLocker.A!Pkg. LeakerLocker ransomware is infecting the smartphones of Android users via two applications, Wallpapers Blur HD and  Booster & Cleaner Pro. LeakerLocker ransomware reads a victim’s email address, random contacts, browser history, calls, pictures, etc. This information is randomly chosen to display via JavaScript and threat the victim that lots of data has been copied.

Cyber Security Tips: The malicious apps have been removed from Play Store and Google is investigating the issue. Meanwhile, you’re advised to check your phone and remove these apps as soon as possible, always check the permissions while installing any application and keep using updated antivirus.

  1. Mumbai lawyer loses 62,000 to card cloning

A lawyer from Lokhandwala in Mumbai lost Rs 62, 000 to debit card fraud, as her money was withdrawn in the United States last month. The woman approached her bank asking for a refund, after which she was asked to approach her local police station to file a FIR against the unidentified cyber-criminal. According to her complaint, she was at home when she received a message on her mobile phone around 1am on June 1. The message was sent from her Indian state-owned bank, alerting her about the money transaction made from her account. Advocate Vicky Shah, a cyber-expert said, “The card can only be used internationally once if it is international debit enabled. Perhaps the victim’s card was internationally enabled prior to being cloned. It needs to be found out if it’s a magnetic strip card or an EMV chip card. If it’s an EMV chip card it is very difficult to be cloned, and then it’s a unique case.

Cyber Security Tips: To prevent such a fraud keep your banking data secure, never share your credit card details with anyone, keep eye on your banking statements and be aware of fraudster.

 

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