CyberSecurity Pulse 2016-12-15
|“In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity.”|
Fraud in Aviation Sector: Be Careful at Christmas Time!
Although the fraud in this sector is difficult to detect because it is necessary to involve jurisdictions from different countries, at least three major operations have already been carried out by police agencies such as Europol or Interpol. The focus is on this sector and more in these special days by cybercriminals and police, but you must be alert on the network and do not try to be crafty. Be careful, because as the English saying says, there ain't no such thing as a free lunch!
Obama Orders Intel Probe of Election Hacks
After months of allegations that Russia had interfered in the presidential election through a series of cyberattacks on organizations and people affiliated with the Democratic party and calls for review from lawmakers on both sides of the aisle, President Obama directed U.S. intelligence agencies to conduct a full investigation and deliver a report before he leaves office January 20, according to the president's homeland security adviser counterterrorism advisor Lisa Monaco. Monaco said president had ordered "a full review of what happened during the 2016 election process" and asked the intelligence community "to capture lessons learned from that and to report to a range of stakeholders, to include the Congress".
Ransomware Infections Suffered by Companies Tripled in 12 Months
The number of ransomware infections suffered by companies continues to increase and according to a new report published by the security firm Kaspersky Lab, it increased threefold from January to September. One in every five businesses worldwide has been targeted by a ransomware in a perioud in which we have seen that the rate of ransomware attacks has significantly increased from one every two minutes to one every almost 40 seconds. In this sense, experts from Kaspersky have detected up to 32,091 new ransomware variations in the third quarter, another important increase when compared to the more than 2,900 variations discovered during the first quarter.
Rest of the Week´s News
Covert Downloaders Found Preinstalled on Dozens of Low Cost Android Phone Models
At least 26 phone models come preinstalled with an Android downloader app dubbed Android.DownLoader.473.origin. Doctor Web researchers described the app as a downloader trojan that can download not only benign applications but also malicious and unwanted ones. One such app, known as H5GameCenter, displays ads on top of running applications. When infected users uninstall the app, it quickly downloads and installs it again.
New Ransomware Lets You Decrypt Your Files by Infecting Other Users
The malware dubbed Popcorn Time locks your Windows computer's files with strong AES-256 encryption, until you a pay a ransom of one bitcoin. However, the lock screen let victims unlock their files by sharing a link with two other people: if they become infected and pay, then the original victim will receive a free decryption key.
Yahoo Confirms a Major Data Breach of More Than 1 Billion Accounts
In statement signed by its CISO and published in the company's official media on Wednesday 14, Yahoo has confirmed a security incident in 2013 that would have led to filtering more than 1 billion accounts. In the breach the emails, dates of birth, phone numbers, MD5 hashed passwords, and security questions of these amount of users would have been exposed according to the official press release.