Data Security News Headlines 31st July 2017

  1. Over 2,000 cyber-crime cases lodged in last 6 months

Pune: Cybercriminals have become more brazen, preying upon the citizens with alarming regularity. The number of cases reported in just the first half of 2017 is a whopping 763% higher than the whole of 2015. Till the end of June, the police had registered 2,038 cases, which is near twice the number of cases registered last year 1,166. In 2015, there were a mere 236 cases reported. According to the report, most of the cases are related to credit card fraud, Internet banking, unauthorized online money transfers using one time passwords (OTPs) and e-mail frauds.

Cyber Security Tips: To prevent yourself from cyber criminals you are strongly recommended that never share your banking credentials with anyone, keep your banking details secure, avoid clicking any malicious links and make yourself aware of cyber incident.

  1. Healthcare Clinic Suffers Ransomware Attack; 300K Patients Impacted

According to the latest report, the second largest health data breach caused by a ransomware attack. An Oaks, Philadelphia based women’s healthcare clinic was reportedly attacked with ransomware. The incident has happened on July 18. It was discovered that at one of the offices, a server and a workstation were infected with the virus. The purpose of this virus was to “block access to system files. According to the report, in which hundreds of thousands of patients were affected. It is happened due to a security flaw in its systems encouraged external hackers to gain access to the systems. The company maintains that the hacked server stored limited patient information. The type of information that may have been hacked include “patient’s name, address, date of birth, Social Security number, lab tests ordered and lab results, telephone number, gender, pregnancy status, medical record number, blood type, race, employer, insurance information, diagnosis, and physician’s name. It is also being claimed that driver’s license, credit card or any other type of financial data was not hacked as it wasn’t stored on the infected server.

Cyber Security Tips:  Users are strongly recommended that keep monitoring their account. To prevent such hack attacks keep your servers up-to date, keep monitoring your network infrastructure for malicious activities, use updated security products, do vulnerability assessment and penetration testing and regularly backup your data.

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