Data Security News Headlines 15th July 2017

  1. Multiplex workers in card cloning racket

GURUGRAM: A four-member gang of cyber criminals, in their early-to-mid 20s, who cheated many people by cloning credit and debit cards, was busted on Friday. The accused had duped around 50 people of over Rs 20 lakh in total, in only the last three months, by employing a unique trick, police said. The mastermind, Raghav, was employed at the canteen of a multiplex at DT City Centre Mall, Sector 29, not too long ago. One of his accomplices was currently working there. Police have recovered a laptop and three electronic gadgets, which they used to clone plastic cards. The accused had bought the card reader and card writer on an e-commerce website for Rs 27,000 and then used them to dupe many unwary customers of lakhs of rupees. Credit card-cloning, or skimming, is a method by which someone obtains your credit card details, copies them onto a bogus card and begins using the credit card.

Cyber Security Tips:  One solution is to have credit cards with smart chips. Smart chips are microchips embedded in some credit cards that encrypt the information contained in the magnetic strip. If a fraudster tries to scan any information, he will only get encrypted information and will not be able to transfer information from your credit card. You have to be very careful when you give your card for swiping. You should keep looking at what the person is doing with it. Make sure he gives it back immediately and avoid to swap your card at the untrusted zone.

  1. Awesome! WhatsApp Now Lets You Send Files of Any Format

WhatsApp Messenger: More than 1 billion people in over 180 countries use WhatsApp to stay in touch with friends and family, anytime and anywhere. WhatsApp provides various features including sending videos, files and much more. According to the latest report, WhatsApp added a new feature of sending files in any format. The latest version of WhatsApp for Android and iOS now allows users to send and receive any type of files, whether it’s .mp3, .avi, .php, zip files, or even APKs. The company last month rolled out this feature to its beta users for Android, and now after being tested successfully, the feature is being released to all WhatsApp users in the latest public update for iOS and Android. The ability to send any file types also works on the WhatsApp-Web client.

Cyber Security Tips: Users can enjoy this feature by updating their WhatsApp. But users need to aware himself from a hacker, previously hackers targeted Android users by sending malicious links but now hackers can target users with malicious applications, zip files, .php files to infect their mobiles. So users are strongly recommended that think before clicking on any apps, avoid installing any apps which come through the message and use reputed antivirus.

  1. AlphaBay Shut Down After Police Raid; Alleged Founder Commits Suicide in Jail

AlphaBay Market — one of the largest Dark Web marketplaces for drugs, guns, and other illegal goods — that mysteriously went dark earlier this month without any explanation from its admins has reportedly been shut down by the international authorities. On July 4th, the dark web marketplace suddenly went down without any explanation from its admins, which left its customers who have paid large sums in panic. According to the Wall Street Journal, the disappearance of the AlphaBay came after authorities in the United States, Canada, and Thailand collaborated to conduct a series of raids and arrest Alexandre Cazes, who allegedly was one of the AlphaBay’s operators. After arrested he hanged himself in Jail said by a guard.

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