Cyber Security News (9th January 2018)

  1. Youth arrested for spreading rumours about another bandh

According to the news published by Pune Mirror, the Solapur police on Monday arrested a 21-year-old youth from a village near Mohol for allegedly circulating a post on social networking sites claiming that Sakal Maratha Samaj Sanghatana has announced another Maharashtra bandh on January 10. After it was cleared that this was a rumour, the state intelligence bureau, cybercrime cells, and Pune, Mumbai and Solapur police had started combing operations in search of the suspect and cyber cell arrested Vishal Prakash Satpute, a resident of Patkul village near Solapur.

Cyber Security Tips:  Users are strongly recommended that avoid sharing any post without verifying and if you found any rumours messages immediately contact with the cyber cell.

  1. New adware attack bombard phones & prevent users from disabling ads

It is just another day for Android users who are yet again under adware attack by malicious apps on Google Play Store. The researchers at Check Point Software Technologies have identified a new mobile adware program, dubbed as LightsOut, in at least 22 illegitimate Android flashlight and utility apps on Google Play Store. These apps have now been removed from the Play Store, but prior to their removal, the apps had been downloaded between 1.5 and 7.5 million times. As per the findings of some users, some of these ads forced them to answer calls or perform other activities while some noted that despite installing the ad-free version of the Android app, the malicious ad activity continued. The infected app offered a checkbox and control panel to the user for enabling or disabling different services such as ads. After different actions such as ending of a call, unlocking of the home screen, plugging in of a charger or enabling of Wi-Fi connection, and  displaying event got triggered. The malicious apps are listed here;

https://research.checkpoint.com/malicious-flashlight-apps-google-play/

Cyber Security Tips:  Users are strongly recommended that check the URL for malicious apps if any app present on your smartphone immediately remove it from your device, avoid downloading the app from untrusted sources, never click on any ads and keep using reputed antivirus.

  1. New Malware Campaign Launched to Disrupt Winter Olympics 2018

The 2018 Olympic Winter Games will be held in February 2018 but malware attacks against the event have already begun.  According to McAfee researchers, hackers are trying to target the upcoming Winter Olympics due to be held in Pyeongchang, South Korea. As per the findings from McAfee, cybercriminals are hunting for sensitive data from different groups that are all linked with the Olympics. The researcher identified infected emails being sent to organizations having some involvement with the games. The report stated that the malicious emails were primarily targeted towards ‘icehockey@pyeongchang2018.com with malicious documents. If any system is infected with this malware then it can access your internal network too. It is not cleared yet who is behind this attack.

Cyber Security Tips:  Users are strongly recommended that beware while visiting Olympics site, avoid clicking any ads, avoid opening any spam emails, avoid opening any document which comes from the unknown person and keeps using reputed antivirus.

  1. Hundreds of Android Gaming Apps are Tracking Your TV Viewing Habits

There are more than 250 Android gaming apps on Google Play Store that are using your smartphone’s microphone to record what you watch on TV. This means instead of your conversation these apps are focused on listening what you are watching on TV. According to the researcher, apps allow using the microphone on a device to identify audio signals from TV advertisement, collect and share the data with companies for targeted advertising. Once the apps are running in the background the software could detect audio even when the phone is in a pocket.

Cyber Security Tips: Users are strongly recommended that check app permission while installing, avoid giving unnecessary permissions and download apps from trusted sources.

 

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