Cyber Security News (18th July 2018)

1. Hackers attack MGM Hospital in Vashi, Navi Mumbai

The MGM New Bombay Hospital, Vashi, has said its system fell prey to a ransomware attack on Sunday night.

Around 9 p.m. on Sunday, a system message popped saying that  system had been hacked and authority should contact the culprits to retrieve the data.

Attackers had provided an email address, but affiliated authority did not write to them and filed an FIR on Monday.

The hospital has not faced any financial loss,” P.K. Shashanker, administrator of the hospital, said.

According to the police, the message did not mention any amount, but sought payment in bitcoin. Ramnath Parmeshwaram, system coordinator of the hospital, filed a case under the IT Act with the Vashi police.

A similar case was reported in Kharghar (Navi Mumbai) on July 4. Hotel Three Star fell victim to ransomware and received a message seeking $400 and 0.06 bitcoin.

Cyber Security Tips:  

  • Do not pay the ransom. It only encourages and funds these attackers. Even if the ransom is paid, there is no guarantee that you will be able to regain access to your files.
  • Restore any impacted files from a known good backup.
  • Do not provide personal information when answering an email, unsolicited phone call, text message or instant message.
  • Use reputable antivirus software and a firewall.
  • Do employ content scanning and filtering on your mail servers.
  • Do make sure that all systems and software are up-to-date with relevant patches.


 2.  21-Year-Old Woman Charged With Hacking Selena Gomez’s Email Account

A 21-year-old New Jersey woman has been charged with hacking into the email accounts of pop star and actress Selena Gomez, stealing her personal photos, and then leaked them to the Internet.

Susan Atrach of Ridgefield Park was charged Thursday with 11 felony counts—five counts of identity theft, five counts of accessing and using computer data to commit fraud or illegally obtain money, property or data, and one count of accessing computer data without permission.

According to LA Times, Atrach believed to have broken into Apple iCloud and Yahoo email accounts used by Gomez and her personal assistant, by using the publicly-available information to answer the singer’s “secret questions.”

Cyber Security Tips:  

  • Always choose strong and unique passwords for all your online accounts and enable two-factor authentication, if available.
  • Do not keep easy-to-guess answers to your security questions, use one that only you knows, and nobody else.
  • Avoid clicking on any suspicious link or attachment you receive via an email or message and Avoid providing your personal or financial information without verifying the source properly.


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