Cyber Security News (02-Aug-2018)

1. India among top-10 victims in SamSam ransomware attack

Internet security solution provider Sophos said India ranked sixth among the top victim countries across the world.

It emerged as a top victim in the SamSam ransomware attack that was first reported in 2015.

Hackers have reportedly made a killing launching SamSam ransomware into vulnerable computer systems. In thirty months, they have reportedly collected about $6.5 billion to release the information locked in the systems that were taken hostage by them.

While the majority of the victims (about 74 per cent) were in the United States, the United Kingdom (8 per cent), Belgium (6 per cent), Canada (5 per cent) and Australia (2 per cent) occupied the subsequent positions. India, along with a few other countries, shared the sixth rank with one per cent share in payouts to the hackers.

Cyber Security Tips: 

  • Utilize multi-factor authentication for VPN access.
  • Complete regular vulnerability scans and penetration tests across the network.
  • Activate multi-factor authentication for sensitive internal systems.
  • Create back-ups that are offline and offsite.
  • Develop a disaster recovery plan.


2. UIDAI warns people not to share Aadhaar number

The Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) has asked people not to share publicly their 12-digit identifier on the internet and social media, or pose such challenges to others.

The authority has warned that people “indulging in such acts or abetting or inciting others to do so” are liable for prosecution. “Such activities are uncalled for and should be refrained as these are not in accordance with the law,” UIDAI said.

The statement comes after TRAI chief shared his Aadhaar numbers publicly and challenged anyone to harm him using that.

UIDAI also asked people to refrain from doing Aadhaar authentication through somebody else’s Aadhaar number.

UIDAI said the 12 digit Aadhaar number “is personally sensitive information” just like bank account number, passport number, PAN number, which “should be strictly shared only on a need basis for a legitimate use for establishing identity and for legitimate transactions”.

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