Data Security News Headlines 11th April 2018

  1. Andhra University website comes under attack by Pakistan group

VISAKHAPATNAM: The official website of Andhra University was hacked reportedly by a Pakistani hacker on Tuesday. The hacker removed the home page of the 91-year-old institution and posted a page with slogans such as a ‘Free Kashmir’ and ‘Pakistan Zindabad’. The hacker identified himself as Muhammad Bilal, without associating with any organisation. Though the home page is linked to other sites, including the department site, he was unable to penetrate beyond the home page and luckily no data was lost, said Vice-Chancellor G. Nageswara Rao. According to the university statements their two servers used by university, all important data such as hall ticket details and examination data is stored the university-owned server. Whereas, the web space is taken on hire from the Bengaluru-based firm to host the university’s official website. The university-owned server is fully protected with the latest firewall said by spokesman.

Cyber Security Tips: To prevent your website from being hack you are strongly recommended that keep your web CMS up-to-date, keep your server secure and updated, check user provide input functionality, check for the vulnerabilities in your application, avoid running unnecessary services and keep using security peripheral to detect malicious activities.

  1. Warning: Your Windows PC Can Get Hacked by Just Visiting a Site

Microsoft has patched five (CVE-2018-1010, CVE-2018-1012, CVE-2018-1013, CVE-2018-1015, And CVE-2018-1016) critical vulnerabilities in Windows Graphics Component that reside due to improper handling of embedded fonts by the Windows font library and affects all versions of Windows operating systems to date, including Windows 10/8.1 / RT 8.1/7, Windows Server 2008/2012 / 2016. According to the researcher the vulnerabilities could allow an attacker to hack your computer by just tricking you visit a website. An attacker can exploit these issues by tricking an unsuspecting user to open a malicious file or a specially crafted website with the malicious font, which if open in a web browser, would hand over control of the affected system to the attacker. The patches are also includes denial of service, remote code execution and the security updates also include patches for six flaws in Adobe Flash Player.

Cyber Security Tips: Windows users are strongly recommended that apply patches as soon as possible and keep your system up-to-date.

  1. Vevo YouTube account hacked; popular celebs affected – Despacito video deleted

Vevo an abbreviation for ‘video evolution’, is an American multinational video hosting service. According to the latest report published ny Hackread, the official youtube account of vevo video hosting giant has been hacked by pro-palestine hackers. Several videos belonging to top celebrities have had their title deface meanwhile the official music video of Despacito sung by Luis Fonsi with over 5 billion views has been deleted by the hackers. Other than Luis Fonsi, the targeted celebrities include singer Adele, Shakira, Kety Perry, Chris Brown, Stromae, Maitre Gims, Tivevo, Iggy Azalea, Marshmello, Selena Gomez, The Wolves, Vlad, Drake and tons of other top singers who have had their YouTube handles and video titles edited in the attack. It is not cleared yet how attacker took control over official account.

Cyber Security Tips: To prevent your YouTube account being hack you are strongly recommended that, be careful while clicking any ads or links, use strong password, Change your password frequently and don’t give your information away via email.

  1. Facebook, Twitter accounts can be hacked, sold for £1

Hackers can hijack your Facebook or Twitter account and sell it online for as little as £1, a shocking investigation by the Sunday Telegraph has revealed. Accounts that tend to be hijacked either haven’t been active for a while, or have been taken as part of a large data breach. To sell your account data hackers need to hijack your account, once they successfully hijack it then hackers quickly change the password once they’ve hijacked an account, giving them access to your contacts list as well as personal information, such as phone number, birthday and photos. This could give hackers the perfect opportunity to steal your identity, and trick your friends into thinking you’re still in control of your account.

Cyber Security Tips: Users are strongly recommended that logout your social media account after use, use secure browsing and check for the cookies stored in your browser.

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