New Android Malware Spotted Posing as System Update

It won’t be an exaggeration to say that our entire lives can be held in our palms, in that glass slab. All our private messages and conversations, personal details, photos, and videos are on our phones. What if someone were to look into our things? This is exactly what’s happening with another Android spyware in the cyberworld. The scoop Zimperium zLabs spotted a new, sophisticated Android malware that impersonates the System Update app to steal user and handset data, including texts, GPS data, call logs, contact lists, image and video…

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Backdoor planted in PHP Git repository after server hack

An unknown actor compromised the official PHP Git repository last night (March 28), pushing backdoored code under the guise of a minor edit. The malicious attacker pushed two commits to the php-src repo for the popular scripting language that contained a backdoor allowing for remote code execution (RCE), maintainers revealed. PHP is thought to underpin almost 80% of websites, according to a study by Web Technology Surveys. This includes all WordPress sites, which are built on PHP. It is so far unknown who the perpetrator was or how they were…

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SolarWinds hack got emails of top DHS officials

Suspected Russian hackers gained access to email accounts belonging to the Trump administration’s head of the Department of Homeland Security and members of the department’s cybersecurity staff whose jobs included hunting threats from foreign countries, The Associated Press has learned. The intelligence value of the hacking of then-acting Secretary Chad Wolf and his staff is not publicly known, but the symbolism is stark. Their accounts were accessed as part of what’s known as the SolarWinds intrusion, and it throws into question how the U.S. government can protect individuals, companies and…

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Hackers demands Rs 10 cr from Ghaziabad man, threaten to circulate his obscene pictures

A Ghaziabad man has been asked to pay up Rs 10 crore by a group of hackers who have threatened to circulate his obscene pictures and his family’s personal details online if the demand is not met, police said on Saturday. The man from Vasundhara Colony approached police after the accused hacked into his email account, they said. They have threatened a man named Rajiv Kumar, in case he will not pay 10 crore rupees his obnoxious videos would be viraled on social media. A case has been registered under…

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EVMs make news on first phase of polling in Bengal; TMC alleges hacking

As voters from 30 of Bengal’s 294 assembly constituencies cast their votes on Saturday in the first of the eight-phase polling, electronic voting machines (EVMs) made news by drawing criticism from a section of voters and Trinamool Congress (TMC) leaders. Echoing chief minister Mamata Banerjee’s repeated allegation that the EVMs can be rigged to give the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) an advantage, local TMC supporters at a polling booth in Majna in the Kanthi constituency of East Midnapore alleged that votes in some machines were being registered in favour of…

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China hacking concern revives India focus on cybersecurity plan

India is mulling over a new national strategy to strengthen the country’s cybersecurity amid allegations that Chinese intrusions may have affected operations at a key stock exchange and supply of electricity in the country’s commercial capital. The plan will coordinate responses across ministries including Home Affairs, Information Technology, Defence and the National Critical Information Infrastructure Protection Centre in case of an attack and set audit procedures, former Lieutenant General Rajesh Pant, India’s National Cyber Security Coordinator said in an interview. It will be approved by the Cabinet Committee on Security…

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Facebook finds Chinese hacking operation targeting Uyghurs

Hackers in China used fake Facebook accounts and impostor websites to try to break into the computers and smartphones of Uyghur Muslims, the social network said Wednesday. The company said the sophisticated, covert operation targeted Uyghur activists, journalists and dissidents from China’s Xinjiang region, as well as individuals living in Turkey, Kazakhstan, the U.S., Syria, Australia, Canada and other nations. The hackers attempted to gain access to the computers and phones by creating fake Facebook accounts for supposed journalists and activists, as well as fake websites and apps intended to…

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15.5 lakh cyber security incidents in 2019, 2020: Govt tells Lok Sabha

Over 15.5 lakh cyber security incidents have been reported in the last two years and 11.58 lakh of them were recorded in 2020 alone, the Lok Sabha was informed on Tuesday. Union Minister of State for Home G Kishan Reddy said the Indian Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT-In) is serving as the national agency for responding to cyber security incidents in accordance with the provisions of Section 70B of the Information Technology Act, 2000. According to the information reported to and tracked by the CERT-In, 3,94,499 and 11,58,208 cyber security…

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Popular remote learning software prone to hacking

San Francisco: Cyber security researchers have found critical vulnerabilities in a popular student monitoring software being used in the remote learning times, which could be used by hackers to gain full access over students computers, compromising their security and privacy. The McAfee Labs Advanced Threat Research team recently investigated a software called Netop Vision Pro produced by Netop and installed on computers used in several schools. They discovered four previously unreported critical issues. “These findings allow for elevation of privileges and ultimately remote code execution, which could be used by…

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Your OTP is hacked! Here’s how hackers are stealing your personal information

In this digital age when everything is carried out online, there are more disadvantages than its positives as there have been so many attacks last year. To top it all, now even your SMS, OTP is not safe and hackers can actually affect your WhatsApp account too.  According to a report,  hackers have now found new ways to steal your personal data and they are using SMS to rob data from your smartphones. They take advantage of the security lapses to redirect important text messages like SMS, including those containing…

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