Russia-aligned hackers running anti-Nato fake news campaign – report

Hackers “aligned with Russian security interests” have been engaged in a sustained campaign to compromise news websites in Poland and Lithuania to plant false stories aimed at discrediting Nato, according to a new report. Part of the campaign – labelled “Ghostwriter” – involved gaining access to news sites publishing systems, deleting stories and replacing them with false news that sought to delegitimise the transatlantic alliance. In one example, a Lithuanian news site was compromised last September and a false article was inserted into its archive wrongly claiming that German soldiers…

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OkCupid Dating App Flaws Could’ve Let Hackers Read Your Private Messages

Cybersecurity researchers today disclosed several security issues in popular online dating platform OkCupid that could potentially let attackers remotely spy on users’ private information or perform malicious actions on behalf of the targeted accounts. According to a report shared with The Hacker News, researchers from Check Point found that the flaws in OkCupid’s Android and web applications could allow the theft of users’ authentication tokens, users IDs, and other sensitive information such as email addresses, preferences, sexual orientation, and other private data. After Check Point researchers responsibly shared their findings…

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Man Arrested For Hacking Emails, Duping People With Messages: Delhi Cop

A 40-year-old man, who was part of a gang that duped people by hacking their email Ids and sending distress messages to their contacts asking for money, was arrested today police said. Mohammad Akram Ali, a resident of Shaheen Bhagh, was arrested on the basis of a complaint filed by a retired senior diplomat at the Defence Colony Police Station, they said. In his complaint, the retired diplomat had said that he had received an email following which his id was hacked and emergency messages were sent to his contacts,…

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How India became a hack-for-hire hub

One evening in January, a Kanpur-based college student in his early 20s got a phone call from an unknown number. The engineering undergraduate, who did not wish to be identified, had been spending a lot of time on dark web forums. He’d even been searching for “hacking tutorials” on Google. His digital footprint had left behind a trail. The caller surprisingly knew all about it. The offer was simple: Since you are interested in hacking, do you want to earn some money by hacking companies? It was a recruitment call.…

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FBI tells people to put black tape over smart TV cameras to protect against hackers

As people take advantage of Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales, the FBI has warned those purchasing smart TVs that some could be used as a window into your home by crooks. According to the intelligence agency’s Portland, Oregon, bureau, which issued a reminder last week, the useful features of a smart TV, such as internet connection, microphones and cameras, are also means that hackers can use to gain access to your home. “Beyond the risk that your TV manufacturer and app developers may be listening and watching you, that…

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How Hackers Hacks Mobile Phone? How to prevent yourself?

How Hackers Hacks Mobile Phone – The threat of having your phone hacked has become a common and rational fear. The cold hard truth is that it is now possible to hack any phone. With the advancement of technology, where discovery of knowledge and information advances the understanding of technology, hackers are able to hack even some of the most sophisticated phone software. But how? Hacking Software Did you know that hacking software for Android and other mobile devices exists? And did you know there are countless hacking software options…

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Blackbaud hack: More UK universities confirm breach

More than 20 universities and charities in the UK, US and Canada have confirmed they are victims of a cyber-attack that compromised a software supplier. Blackbaud was held to ransom by hackers in May and paid an undisclosed ransom to cyber-criminals. The US-based firm is the world’s largest provider of education administration, fundraising, and financial management software. Blackbaud is not revealing the scale of the breach. Dozens more charities and educational organisations may have been affected. The cloud service company is facing criticism after taking weeks to warn victims that…

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North Korean Hackers Spotted Using New Multi-Platform Malware Framework

Lazarus Group, the notorious hacking group with ties to the North Korean regime, has unleashed a new multi-platform malware framework with an aim to infiltrate corporate entities around the world, steal customer databases, and distribute ransomware. Capable of targeting Windows, Linux, and macOS operating systems, the MATA malware framework — so-called because of the authors’ reference to the infrastructure as “MataNet” — comes with a wide range of features designed to carry out a variety of malicious activities on infected machines. The MATA campaign is said to have begun as…

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US accuses China of hacking coronavirus researchers, others

The United States Justice Department indicted two Chinese nationals for hacking defence contractors, COVID-19 researchers and hundreds of other victims worldwide, according to a court filing published on Tuesday. US authorities said the Chinese nationals, Li Xiaoyu and Dong Jiazhi, participated in a multi-year cyber-espionage campaign that stole weapons designs, drug information, software source code as well as targeting dissidents and Chinese opposition figures. Contact details for Li and Dong were not immediately available.  The indictment did not name any companies, but officials said the investigation was triggered when the…

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Welcome Chat App Targeting Android

Researchers from ESET Security have found a malicious Android app actively targeting users. Named as Welcome Chat, the app poses as a secure messaging app to lure Android users, ultimately stealing their data. Sharing the details in a blog post, the researchers described that they caught the app as part of a cyberespionage campaign. In brief, analyzing the app revealed the presence of spying codes. Hence, they could deduce that the app stealthily spies on users while delivering the expected functionalities on the front. Welcome Chat app primarily attracts users…

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