Data Security News Headlines 28th September 2017

  1. Beware, fake Blue Whale apps and malware are targeting your personal data

The Blue Whale Game also is known as “Blue Whale Challenge”, is a 21st-century social network phenomenon that is claimed to exist in several countries, beginning in 2016. The game reportedly consists of a series of tasks assigned to players by administrators over a 50-day period, with the final challenge requiring the player to commit suicide. Various countries have banned blue whale game, but various are trying to download this game from untrusted sources, beware your data can be hacked with this game? Yes, according to the latest report too much curiosity about the Blue Whale Challenge may kill your phone. Hackers are inserting malicious code in the apps and uploading it on websites. In one case research found the app bundled with remote access tool (RAT) which was secretly recording calls, sending pictures and even giving access to contact and messages. The intention of these apps is only to steal data.

Cyber Security Tips: Users are strongly recommended that avoid playing such suicide game, never download apps from untrusted sources and keep using reputed antivirus.

  1. Two-Year-Old Vulnerability Patched in Linux Kernel

A high-risk security vulnerability that has been discovered by Qualys Research Labs. The bug affects all Linux distributions that have not fixed their long-term kernels after a commit released on April 14, 2015. Tracked as CVE-2017-1000253, the vulnerability has a CVSS3 Base Score of 7.8. The issue resides in the manner in which the Linux kernel loads ELF executables and is triggered by applications that have been built as Position Independent Executables (PIEs). Because of that, “all versions of CentOS 7 before 1708 (released on September 13, 2017), all versions of Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7 before 7.4 (released on August 1, 2017), and all versions of CentOS 6 and Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 are exploitable,” Qualys says.

Cyber Security Tips: Users and administrators are strongly recommended that update Linux Kernel with latest patches.


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