Cyber Security News (6th July 2018)

1. Google admits third-party app developers read your Gmail emails

Google says third-party developers can read Users Gmail because Users allow them.

The search engine giant has admitted that “sometimes” emails sent and received by Gmail users can be accessed by third-party app developers. That is because Gmail users allow third-party apps to read their emails.

Simply put; it is the user’s fault to use third-party apps and an even bigger mistake is connecting your private email account with those apps that mostly are unsecured or a threat to privacy in every way.

Cyber Security Tips:

  •  First of all, stop using third-party apps but if there is no way out then keep a close eye on permissions an app is asking for and grant it as limited access as possible.
  •  You can use Gmail Security Check-up to see which third-party is connected to your account and what permission have you granted to it. You can remove an app’s access from your account whenever you want.
  •  Use encrypted email services like ProtonMail or Mailfence who have a proven track record or not only protecting user’s emails from third-parties but also denying any access to security and law enforcement agencies.


2. New Virus Decides If Your Computer Good for Mining or Ransomware

Security researchers have discovered an interesting piece of malware that infects systems with either a cryptocurrency miner or ransomware, depending upon their configurations to decide which of the two schemes could be more profitable.

While ransomware is a type of malware that locks your computer and prevents you from accessing the encrypted data until you pay a ransom to get the decryption key required to decrypt your files, cryptocurrency miners utilize infected system’s CPU power to mine digital currencies.

Both ransomware and cryptocurrency mining-based attacks have been the top threats so far this year and share many similarities such as both are non-sophisticated attacks, carried out for money against non-targeted users, and involve digital currency.

Researchers at Russian security firm Kaspersky Labs have discovered a new variant of Rakhni ransomware family, which has now been upgraded to include cryptocurrency mining capability as well.

Cyber Security Tips:

  • The best way to prevent yourself from being a victim of such attacks in the first place is never to open suspicious files and links provided in an email.
  • Always keep good backup routine and updated anti-virus software in place.

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