Twitter on an official note declared yesterday that it has discovered attempts to data breach its database by some state-funded actors. The social media giant suspects that the infiltration was done to access phone numbers linked to the user account after a security researcher whistle blew a flaw hidden in the “contacts upload” feature in December last year.
Hackers nowadays are seen using routers as botnets to launch cyber attacks on large companies and organizations. So, in such circumstances, here are some steps that will help secure a router from cyber attacks.
All these days we have seen malware stealing data and locking down data access for a ransom. Now, here’s a piece of different news that might grab your attention.
A company that was operating in the United States for 60 years was cyber-attacked in October last year, making the head of the company urged over 300 employees to leave their jobs and look for alternatives just before the Christmas 2019 holidays.
Austria’s foreign ministry has issued a press statement yesterday admitting that a serious cyberattack took place on the database of its Ministry on Saturday and the suspect happens to be Russia’s Fancy Bear.
Chicago based Information Security company named Trustwave has discovered a new cyber threat campaign in disguise of Microsoft Update. The Illinois based Cybersecurity company’s team of experts from its subsidiary SpiderLabs have found that an email campaign in the name of Microsoft is doing round from the past few weeks which is actually a phishing campaign spreading Cyborg Ransomware.
Pemex, a Mexican Oil, and Petroleum Company have stated that it has become a victim of a ransomware attack last week and hackers were demanding USD 5 million as a ransom to allow back access to files.
Going deep into the details, the bad guys somehow infiltrated the networks of the Mexican Petroleum company and decided to shut down the computer systems by introducing the file-encrypting malware. The disruption was so severe that many payment transactions were also halted and the employees were asked to keep a distance from the digital systems till a recovery was possible.
However, a fresh statement issued by Pemex early today says that only 5% of its computers and storage and distribution facilities were interrupted by the cyberattack as the company’s servers were hit by either DoppelPaymer or Ryuk Ransomware.
Last week, WhatsApp users worldwide were surprised by the news that Facebook is planning to sue an Israel based agency named NSO Group for snooping over 1400 users through Pegasus spyware and WhatsApp application.
Going by the details, the social media giant confirmed that a survey conducted by one of its associate company has discovered that NSO Group tried to exploit the video calling feature on WhatsApp by sending a malware named Pegasus Spyware in the phones of the said photo and video sharing application users.
However, the company facing the allegation says that its technology is not designed or licensed to be used in espionage-related activities and is solely used for white hat purposes by government agencies.
WhatsApp has issued a news update yesterday on the issue and said that users of its online messaging service can keep their smartphones safe from hackers by using the latest version of WhatsApp on their device and keeping their mobile operating system up to date to receive the latest security protective cover.
A special group of Britain’s military personnel dubbed as ‘Keyboard Warriors’ is reportedly being trained as tech-savvy soldiers to fight Russian Trolls and Twitter terrorists. And this news piece was shared by Lieutenant General Ivan Jones through a media update.
“The objective of establishing such a digital army is simple, to fight bad actors spreading fake news and to curb cyber-attacks on the UK’s digital infrastructure. Officially known as ‘Six Division’, members of the team will be recruited from special forces, Royal Air Force, Navy and Field Army” said Lieu. Jones in a recent interview to ‘Telegraph’.
And all these tech warriors will be professionally trained in Information Warfare, will have to pass all the standard physical and fitness tests like traditional soldiers and will also be trained in advanced weaponry along with covert surveillance added Mr. Jones.
In a shocking revelation made by Reuters, North Korea is reported to have generated an estimated $2 billion to fund its nuclear intentions- all through increasingly sophisticated cyber attacks.
These facts were revealed by a secret report sent by UN which was compiled by an independent experts committee which was monitoring the events over six months.
“Pyongyang has been paused it’s nuclear and missile programs such as Intercontinental Ballistic Missile Launch (ICBM) for time being. But its state-funded hackers are steal active in launching cyberattacks to steal crypto and fiat currency from banks and financial institutions around the world”, says the report which was submitted to UN by a Security Council Committee.