Cyber Security News (14th February 2018)

  1. Hackers Exploit ‘Telegram Messenger’ Zero-Day Flaw to Spread Malware

Telegram is a non-profit cloud-based instant messaging service. Telegram client apps are available for Android, iOS, Windows Phone, Windows NT, macOS and Linux. Users can send messages and exchange photos, videos, stickers, audio and files of any type. If you are using this app keep your eye here, yes! According to the latest report, a zero-day vulnerability has been discovered in the desktop version for end-to-end encrypted Telegram messaging app that was being exploited in the wild in order to spread malware that mines cryptocurrencies such as Monero and ZCash. The Telegram vulnerability was uncovered by security researcher Alexey Firsh from Kaspersky Lab last October and affects only the Windows client of Telegram messaging software. Hackers are targeting telegram users by sending malicious image messages.  Once victim open an image file then it start working.

Cyber Security Tips:  Users are strongly recommended that do not download or open files from unknown or suspicious sources. The security firm also recommended users to avoid sharing any sensitive personal information in messaging apps and make sure to have a good antivirus software from reliable company installed on your systems.

  1. Man files complaint against his wife’s colleague for hacking her WhatsApp account

WhatsApp Messenger: More than 1 billion people in over 180 countries use WhatsApp to stay in touch with friends and family, anytime and anywhere. Mr. Aman has filed a police complaint against a woman colleague of his wife for hacking latter’s WhatsApp messages and posting their private chat online. The complainant, Gaurav Trivedi (33), is a resident of Vishwas City, Ghatlodia, and is an engineer at a private IT company. His wife Mansi works as a branch manager of a private insurance company. Gaurav said Mansi has two mobile phones, one for personal use, and the other for office purpose. Mr. Gaurav at 11 pm they found several messages auto deleted from Mansi’s WhatsApp chats and also found that a web session of the messaging app had also taken place from a particular web browser.

Cyber security Tips:  To prevent yourself from such a hacking you are strongly recommended that keep your mobile applications locked using strong password, never leave your mobile without locking, avoid opening links came from unknown peoples and check your WhatsApp for web login.

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