Cyber Security News (19th February 2018)

  1. Credentials of more than 50k snapchat users in public domain

A government official from Dorset in the United Kingdom had provided Snapchat with information about a recent attack on the company’s users: a publicly available list, embedded in a phishing website named klkviral.org, that listed 55,851 Snapchat accounts, along with their usernames and passwords. Not all of the account credentials were valid, and Snapchat had reset the majority of the accounts following the initial attack. But for some period of time, thousands of Snapchat account credentials were available on a public website. According to a person familiar with the matter, the attack relied on a link sent to users through a compromised account that, when clicked, opened a website designed to mimic the Snapchat login screen. Many companies, including Facebook, scan links as they are sent in an effort to identify pages that mimic their login screens and block them accordingly.

Cyber Security Tips:  Users are strongly recommended to resetting their passwords as soon as possible, keep monitoring your account, and make sure that you are authenticating yourself with correct application.

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