Tag "Cyber-attacks"

Mona Lisa: No longer on CEOs’ walls. At least, not when they think security

MUMBAI, INDIA: From the whirlwind world tour that WannaCry attack tagged in May, to the Petya jolt

While the global outage is resolved, Skype remains silent

By : CIOL Writers

If you were one of those Skype users, who were unable to use Skype because of the global outage, sit back, the problem has been resolved. After three days of the blackout, the company announced the problem had been solved,

Fireball malware infects 250mn computers worldwide: Check Point

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A new malware with roots in China that has infected over 250 million computers worldwide was recently discovered by Check Point threat intelligence and research teams. The Fireball malware, operated by Beijing-based digital marketing agency Rafotech acts as a browser-hijacker but

Mobile ransomware more than trebled in Q1, 2017: Kaspersky

By : CIOL Writers

The global nightmare of ransomware shows no sign of slowing down, with the volume of mobile ransomware rising over three-fold (3.5 times) during the first few months of the year, according to Kaspersky Lab’s Malware Report for Q1, 2017. The

Zomato hacked; 17 million user accounts stolen

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India’s largest online restaurant discovery and food delivery service Zomato has admitted to a massive security breach with over 17 million user accounts stolen from its database. The stolen information has user email addresses and hashed passwords. The company, however, noted

Bitcoin: Digital currency or criminal currency?

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WannaCry cyber attack that engulfed more than 100 countries over the weekend indeed left many people crying. The ransomware apparently based on stolen US National Security Agency’s surveillance tools affected tens of thousands of machines worldwide, that included Spanish telecommunications giant Telefónica, operations at the

Cyber-attack on Union Bank of India last year on the lines of Bangladesh heist: Report

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Union Bank of India witnessed a cyber-attack last July on the lines of Bangladesh heist, after an employee opened an email attachment releasing malware that allowed hackers to steal the state-run bank’s data, the Wall Street Journal reported on Monday.

Your WhatsApp account can be hacked with an innocent-looking meme

Do you know that a malicious code hidden within an innocent looking image received on WhatsApp can make you a victim of of the cyber attacks, where the attackers get a full control and access into your accounts and personal

McDelivery app reportedly leaked data of 2.2mn users, company denies the reports

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One delicious burger might hand your personal information to cyber criminals. Yes, when giant tech companies like Yahoo, can fall prey to cyber attacks, we can quickly estimate the security conditions of a typical home-delivery app. The firm in question

US Govt charges Russian agents and hackers for Yahoo data breach

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The US government has charged two Russian intelligence officers for “computer hacking, economic espionage and other criminal offenses” in connection with the 2014 hacks that compromised about 500 million Yahoo user accounts. The Department of Justice announced that four people, including

India was third largest source of spam emails in 2016: Kaspersky

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Sending an alarming reminder to all the e-mail users, Kaspersky has published a report which affirms the growing popularity of spam mails with ransomware. Kaspersky’s Spam and phishing in 2016 report revealed that the fourth quarter of 2016 witnessed an

RBI announces panel to strengthen cyber security

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Presenting its sixth bi-monthly policy statement for 2016-17, the Reserve Bank of India announced the formation of an inter-disciplinary standing committee on cyber security to establish an ongoing system of security review and analysis of the emerging threats to protect

Rebooting from a Cyber-Punch: Part 2

Pratima H INDIA: Oh you meant that area where nicotine-addicts get some room to inhale stress-busting air? But it has so many cob-webs dear! Righto! Once an emergency arrives (Part 1 spelled out that), it won’t allow time for usher-boys,

Rebooting from a Cyber-Punch: Easy, Messy, Gory?

Pratima H INDIA: Allergies are the most neglected gifts bestowed to humanity. Because people would rather royally turn a blind eye and handkerchief to the small signs that forewarn. They dismiss that sneeze, they brush away those slight stirrings of

Chrome to warn you against using insecure websites

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Online shopping is fun and convenient but it also leaves you vulnerable to online hacking if you are using insecure web pages. To guard you against such scenarios, Chrome has started notifying users if and when they use websites that

PM Modi offering mobile recharge worth Rs 500 for free is a hoax

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With PM Modi announcing the demonetization policy, came a flood of rumours. Mind you, the rumours included everything, from the colour of the new currency notes, its technical function to the reason behind the sudden move of demonetization. Obviously, scammers

Throwback: Major Goof-Ups That 2016 Tasted

INDIA: What a year! Just when we thought Volkswagen has pulled off the most embarrassing and most expensive technology-fiasco of the decade, quite many challengers sprung in 2016 and claimed the trophy for the banana-peel-slip-Champ. Time for a quick rewind of

Lynda.com falls prey to hacking, 55,000 user accounts affected

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Adding to the ever-expanding list of cyber-attacks, LinkedIn-owned Lynda.com has also fallen prey to hacking. The online learning company is notifying its 9.5 million users alerting them of a database hack that includes contact information and courses some users viewed.

Insecurity of Things

Atul Anchan The Internet of Things (IoT) provides us with an ever-expanding convenience, inter-connecting nearly every aspect of our daily lives. By 2020, Gartner estimates there will be nearly 21 billion connected Internet of Things (IoT) devices worldwide. Hence, it

Asian and African banks being attacked using a zero-day vulnerability: Kaspersky

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The state of cyber-security across globe demands our urgent attention. Be it banks or corporate houses or individuals, increasing numbers are falling prey to hackers and cyber-attacks every passing day. In its latest research, Kaspersky has found that out of