Cyber Security News (15th January 2018)

  1. Fourth Fappening Hacker Admits to Stealing Celebrity Pics From iCloud Accounts

A federal court has accused George Garofano, 26, of North Branford, of violating the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, who had been arrested by the FBI for Fappening.  According to the latest report, the hacker has been charged with hacking into over 250 Apple iCloud accounts belonged to Hollywood celebrities. Garofano has admitted to illegally obtaining credentials for his victims’ iCloud accounts using a phishing scheme, which eventually allowed him to steal personal information on his victims, including sensitive and private photographs and videos. According to the investigation report, between April 2013 to October 2014 Garofano engaged in sending phishing emails pretended to be from Apple security team to several celebrities, tricking them into providing their iCloud account credentials, which they stole to access their accounts illegally. The hacker also stole victims’ personal information, including sensitive and private photographs and videos, from their iCloud accounts using stolen credentials, Garofano, in some instances, also traded the stolen credentials, along with the materials he stole from the victims’ accounts, with other individuals.

Cyber Security Tips:  To prevent yourself from such hack, you are strongly recommended that keep a strong password to your iCloud account, never open spam emails, avoid login your account by spam links and beware of phishing attack.

  1. Games removed from Google Play store after infected by porn malware

Recently the researcher warns Google to remove the apps which are infected with pornographic malware. Google has deleted nearly 60 games app from its Play store after security researchers have informed them that these apps were infected by a pornographic malware. An Israel-based firm, Check Point Software Technologies has recently got a hold on a malware dubbed as “AdultSwine,” which displayed pornographic images as an advertisement, but it prompted users to download fake antivirus apps or sign up for premium SMS services.

Cyber security Tips:  Users are recommended to uninstall this app from your smartphone.


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