Tag "cyber-security"

MacOS hit by DNS Hijacker called MaMi

By : CIOL Writers

Way back in 2012, millions of Windows PC were affected by DNSChanger malware and now, in 2018 the same malware has been observed for MacOS. The threat was first discovered by Patrick Wardel and has been named as MaMi. Similar

Google removes 60 gaming apps with pop-up porn malware

By : CIOL Writers

Google took down 60 gaming applications after security firm Check Point said it had discovered new malicious software in the apps available to both children and adults at Google Play Store. The malicious software displayed pornographic ads and tried to trick users into buying premium services, according to

WhatsApp bug lets anyone infiltrate your group chat

By : CIOL Writers

Security researchers have revealed a vulnerability in WhatsApp that it possible to infiltrate private group chats without admin permission. According to a report in Wired, the researchers say that anyone who controls WhatsApp’s servers can add people into private group chats, without getting

Meltdown and Spectre: The CPU bugs that can affect almost every computer and device

By : CIOL Writers

Researchers have found a major security flaw in processors that affects almost every Intel, AMD and ARM chipset as well as the devices and operating systems running on them. The direct fall out of the vulnerability are ‘Meltdown‘ and ‘Spectre‘- two

Bitcoin miner NiceHash gets new CEO following hack

By : CIOL Writers

Weeks after hackers stole away $60 million worth of bitcoin from cryptocurrency mining startup NiceHash, the Slovenian startup has replaced its CEO. Marko Kobal, who cofounded NiceHash, stepped down last week from his role as the CEO, announcing it on LinkedIn. “As you are

2018: Security concerns loom large on businesses with sophisticated cyber attacks

Sonal Vats 2017 witnessed a spate of cyber-attacks including WannaCry, NotPetya, Equifax breach, Zomato hack, HBO’s infamous GoT data theft and of course the latest Nicehash security breach. Unfortunately, the trend will continue in 2018 also. The increased connectivity and enlarged

Getting Sharper on Security

By : CMR Analyst

The security threat vectors have certainly erupted both in numbers and complexity, with ever-expanding landscape of ransomware attacks and high-profile data breaches. This is all thanks to the rise of multiple digital communication channels like social media and mobile, and

Indian govt. sets up NIC-CERT to tackle cyber-attacks

By : CIOL Writers

The union information technology (IT) ministry has set up NIC-CERT, a dedicated unit that will monitor, detect and prevent cyber attacks on government networks. “All communications between government departments — Centre, State and district, as well as interactions between the

Uber paid hacker $100K to keep data breach secret: Report

By : CIOL Writers

Uber’s 2016 data-breach wasn’t some state-sponsored sophisticated cyber-attack but an extortion-oriented hacking by a 20-year-old Florida man, Reuters reports. The cab-aggregator, then paid him $100,000 under the guise of a bug bounty program to keep quiet about the breach which exposed information

Bitcoin miner NiceHash loses $60M after security breach

By : CIOL Writers

After touching $14,000 mark and creating a frenzy of sorts for past few days, Bitcoin brought in some trouble for users when Slovenian-based bitcoin miner NiceHash reported a cyber-breach on Wednesday. “Unfortunately, there has been a security breach involving NiceHash website. We are currently

Apple releases update to fix macOS security flaw

By : CIOL Writers

Apple has released a security update for macOS High Sierra that fixes the serious security flaw that let anyone log into your Mac without your password. The critical bug, which gained attention after it was tweeted by developer Lemi Ergin, lets anyone

macOS High Sierra bug allows root access without password

By : CIOL Writers

Apple’s macOS High Sierra has a serious bug that allows anyone to log in just by putting “root” in the user name field. Needless to say, the hack is quite easy to pull off. It can be triggered through the Mac’s

Canadian hacker pleads guilty in 2014 Yahoo hacking case

By : CIOL Writers

A Canadian hacker by the name Karim Baratov has pleaded guilty to hacking charges related to a 2014 Yahoo data breach. Baratov, 22, is the only person who has been arrested so far in connection with the breach that compromised nearly 500 million user

McAfee acquires cloud security firm Skyhigh Networks

By : CIOL Writers

McAfee is acquiring privately-held security startup Skyhigh Networks to bolster its new cloud business unit. Financial terms of the deal have not been disclosed. Skyhigh Networks was founded in 2011 as a Cloud Access Security Broker (CASB) technology vendor providing access control

Imgur’s 2014 data breach exposed 1.7M users

By : CIOL Writers

Image sharing site Imgur revealed that it suffered a major data breach in 2014 exposing email addresses and passwords of approximately 1.7 million users. Imgur reported they received an email from security researcher Troy Hunt, who runs a data breach notification

An Iranian military hacker indicted for HBO data theft

By : CIOL Writers

The US Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York has named an Iranian hacker named Behzad Mesri as the culprit behind four month old HBO data theft case. The Justice Department’s indictment charges 39-year-old Mesri, also known as “Skote

Microsoft and KidZania team up to make kids aware about online safety

By : CIOL Writers

Microsoft has partnered global indoor theme park KidZania to create awareness among kids about cyber safety on the Internet. The tech giant has recommended the use of Microsoft “Family Safety” features and Windows 10 “Parental Controls” to safeguard children against cyberbullying.

A new ransomware ‘Bad Rabbit’ strikes Russia and Ukraine

By : CIOL Writers

A new ransomware “Bad Rabbit” is sweeping Russia and Ukraine, among other Eastern European countries. Initial targets include Ukraine’s Ministry of Infrastructure and Kiev’s public transportation system. The Russian news service Interfax also issued an official update stating that it had been hacked and that

KRACK WiFi vulnerability: Here’s how to protect yourself

By : CIOL Writers

Ever since security researcher Mathy Vanhoef publicly disclosed a serious vulnerability in the WPA2 encryption protocol, tech companies have been on their toes to fix the issue at hand. The new exploit, as first reported by Ars Technica, is called KRACK that takes advantage of vulnerabilities

Board members still don’t treat cybersecurity as a top priority, feel IT decision makers

BANGALORE, INDIA: A global Enterprise Security Survey done by Fortinet reveals that despite high profile cyberattacks continuing to occur, almost half of IT decision makers (ITDMs) at 250+ employee organizations around the world, including India, still believe that business executives are