Cyber Security News (17th February 2018)

  1. A Single-Character Message Can Crash Any Apple iPhone, iPad Or Mac

Millions of peoples use Apple iPhone in India, if you are one of them then bad news for you. Only a single character can crash your iPhone and block access to the Messaging app in iOS as well as popular apps like WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger, Outlook for iOS, and Gmail. First spotted by Italian Blog Mobile World, a potentially new severe bug affects not only iPhones but also a wide range of Apple devices, including iPads, Macs, and even Watch OS devices running the latest versions of their operating software. Like previous ‘text bomb’ bug, the new flaw can easily be exploited by anyone, requiring users to send only a single character of Telugu a native Indian language spoken by about 70 million people in the country. Once the recipient receives a simple message containing the symbol or typed that symbol into the text editor, the character immediately instigates crashes on iPhones, iPads, Macs, Apple Watches, and Apple TVs running Apple’s iOS Springboard according to the news published by Hacker news.

Cyber security Tips:  Users are strongly recommended that avoids sending such Telugu character and update your device once patches release by company.

  1. 119,000 FedEx users​ ​passports, security ID & driving licenses exposed

FedEx Corporation is an American multinational courier delivery Services Company headquartered in Memphis, Tennessee. FedEx is back in news for all the wrong reasons as the IT security firm Kromtech has discovered a trove of data dating from 2009-2012 belonging to FedEx’s customers which were exposed online to anyone to access with an Internet connection. In total, the company found 119,000 customers records including scanned copies of passports, driving licenses and security IDs of Americans and international customers such as Australia, Canada, China, Japan, Kuwait, Mexico, Malaysia, Saudi Arabia, EU countries, and others. According to Kromtech’s blog post, one of the files also contained names, phone numbers, home addresses, and zip codes of customers however no emails or passwords were found in the unsecure Amazon Web Services (AWS) S3 bucket.

Cyber Security Tips:  Users are recommended to keep monitoring their accounts, if any suspicious happened immediately contact with cyber cell. To prevent yourself from such attack you are strongly recommended that keep your cloud servers secure with security features, encryption and keep your cloud monitoring.

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