Cyber Security News (18th May 2018)

  1. Bytecoin cryptocurrency mining malware found in Ubuntu Snap Store

Ubuntu Snap Store which is an app store for the recently launched package management system. According to the latest report, the new malware called as Tarwirdur, found in Ubuntu snap store. The malware was found three days ago containing Bytecoin cryptocurrency mining code hidden in the “systemd” background process. Those unaware of Bytecoin, it is a CryptoNote based cryptocurrency with an open source code designed for anonymous cash settlement. Both apps were added by a user “Nicolas Tomb” along with a hardcoded email address  A cryptocurrency mining malware uses computing power (CPU) of the user device to mine all sorts of cryptocurrencies. During the process, the malware slows down targeted devices and uses victim’s electricity resulting in expensive bills – In some cases, cryptocurrency mining malware even physically destroyed the device it used for mining. The malware was removed from Ubuntu Snap Store.

Cyber Security Tips: Users are strongly recommended that remove the apps if you installed previously and install latest.

  1. Sensitive myPersonality App Data of Millions of Facebook Users Exposed

myPersonality was a popular Facebook application created by David Stillwell in 2007 that allowed users to take real psychometric tests and obtain their results instantly. According to a startling new report, the University of Cambridge has been using Facebook user data obtained from a popular personality app dubbed as myPersonality. The app was used by roughly 3 million Facebook users, which means their private data including answers to intimate personality surveys/questionnaires got exposed. The data remained publicly accessible for years.

Cyber Security Tips: Users are strongly recommended that be careful while using Facebook third party apps, avoid playing quiz, never click on any ads, links while using Facebook and avoid posting your private images.

  1. This malware can steal your saved passwords, credit card details from Chrome, Firefox browsers

NEW DELHI:  users having habit to store their sensitive date in browser. According to the latest report, a new malware called Vega Stealer is doing rounds of the internet. Researchers claim that Vega Stealer is designed to gather saved financial data from Firefox and Google Chrome browsers. The researcher said that the hackers are using phishing attack to spread this malware. Vega Stealer is a variant of August Stealer and it finds and steals credentials, confidential documents, cryptocurrency wallet details and other important information. The malware is focusing on saved credentials, credit card detail.

Cyber security Tips: Users are strongly recommended that never save their sensitive information in browse, keep clearing your cookies, never save your password or credit card details for further use and beware of phishing attack

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