Data Security News Headlines 14th August 2017

  1. Bandra man loses Rs 2cr online, cops find 108 fake bank a/c

Mumbai: The cyber-crime police probing an Rs 1.97 crore cheating of a Bandra senior citizen by a Nigerian gang have found 108 fictitious accounts opened in various banks in Mumbai using fake PAN cards. Police have arrested the kingpin of the fake PAN card racket from Naya Nagar in Mira Road and got the bank accounts frozen. Police said the 72-year-old Bandra resident was duped by a Facebook “friend from the US” with the promise of lucrative profit in an investment scheme in Afghanistan. The investigation led the police to Delhi, where they arrested Mangal Bishnoi, Amit Agarwal, Sameer Merchant alias Karan Sharma, Jitendra Rathod and Paresh Nisband into whose accounts money was transferred by the Bandra resident. The money was immediately withdrawn or transferred from these accounts. During interrogations, police found the gang had opened fake accounts in various banks in Mumbai and Delhi. “During the scrutiny of the Know Your Customer (KYC) documents, it was found that most of the accounts were opened using PAN cards as the main identity proof according to the report published by Times of India.

Cyber Security Tips:  Users are strongly recommended that never share your banking details with unknown person, never share your personal document with unknown parties without verification, avoid swapping your ATM card at unknown places and beware of fraudster.

  1. 86 per cent WhatsApp users exposed to fraud, hacking: Study

Popularity of messaging apps is raising day to day. Billions of users are using most popular application WhatsApp.  According to the latest report, only 14 per cent of users of popular messaging apps such as WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger and Viber have successfully enabled the full security function that would protect their messages, reveals a new study. Researchers from Brigham Young University conducted a research, wherein they discovered that majority of the messaging app users are vulnerable to malicious attacks because they either aren’t aware of proper security features or aren’t using them at all. Due to unawareness of security there is possible that a malicious third party or man-in-the-middle attacker can eavesdrop on their conversations. The rest 86 per cent of the users made misguided attempts, or failed to ensure that their conversation was fully encrypted.

Cyber Security Tips:  Users are strongly recommended that keep enable security features in your messaging apps. Enable two way authentications, keep using antivirus in your mobile and keep your devices up-to date.

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