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Whatsapp Virus on the run: Defense and security forces alerts about 2 virus files

Whatsapp virus alert

Defense and Security organizations received alerts from central security agencies about the malicious activity of the Whatsapp virus. Some groups with the false name of NDA and NIA may breach and hack the personal information and banking data.

On December 30th an advisory was released to the defense and security organizations in all states about the virus file. There are two virus files which are circulating over the instant messaging application. This file has the capability of seeing the information of the users especially defense people.

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The two files are accessed by PTI, and they are NDA-ranked-8th-toughest-College-in-the-world-to-get-into.xls” and “NIA-selection-order-.xls.”

The officials said NDA is here to understood to be indicating to National Defense Academy in Khadakwasla in Pune while NIA to the terrorist incidents’ probe organization-

They found out that this virus is formatted in the form of MS Excel, but officials did not rule out its aliases in the ‘MS Word’ or ‘PDF’ formats to attack a user’s phone and data. The advisory added corrupted file are programmed to extract the information from the user like login accounts, banking details, passwords,

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As NDA and NIA are the important organization’s many people will click on these Whatsapp Virus files in curiosity. The men and women working in the paramilitary group are the main targeted groups for the creators of this file. The creators of file wants to hack the data in the device.

Officials said the advisory has shared with the field formations of security force so that the troops and officers are made aware and alerted against this virus spreading in the instant messaging cyberspace recently.

The officials said the personnel has also been asked to report these incidents to their Information technology cells. They are sending alert messages to the users about this virus which hacks the data, so users of whatsapp beware of these two files.

Kapustkiy a 17 Year Old Hacker Thanked by Indian Consulate General for Hacking into Websites

Kapustkiy a 17 Year Old Hacker Thanked by Indian Consulate General for Hacking into Websites

The officials of Indian Consulate General in New York on Wednesday thanked 17-year-old boy Kapustkiy for hacking into websites of Indian embassy and for helping them to find out web errors. An Indian External Affairs Ministry personally thanked the hacker who point out errors in Indian Diplomatic missions and allowed trespassers to gain access to nonpublic information.

Sanjay Kumar Verma, Joint Secretary, E-Governance and Information Technology wrote to the hacker Kapustkiy for hacking. He said, “Thank you for your advice. We are fixing codes slowly, and the problems were almost fixed. You help in penetrating websites of various Indian Embassies is a great help.”

Indian Embassy Websites Hacked, Leaking Valuable Data

Mr. Kapustkiy, the hacker posted a message to Verma mentioning that he has hacked websites of Indian Embassies in eight countries. Meanwhile, the official of Indian Consulate in New York said that their website was being secured.

L.T. Ngaihte, head of the chancery in a statement stated that “The Indian Consulate has taken immediate actions to ensure the site data. In addition to the New York, Kapustkiy had hacked websites of Indian Embassy in countries like South Africa, Libya, Malawi, Italy, Switzerland, and Romania and put the information of date on website pastebin.com.

https://twitter.com/Kapustkiy/status/798596404402798592

Kapustkiy on Twitter said, “He is a student from Tokyo, and it took nearly 3 seconds to get access to their sites. Let’s know how weak their security was. My intention in hacking is for a good cause, and I didn’t consider myself as a hacker. My intention in hacking is not for any damage, but it is for administrators to pay attention to sites. There is a reason behind the posting of information on pastebin.com. I didn’t get any response from administrators when he pointed out errors, and for this reason, only I put useful data in pastebin.com.”

Mr. Verma wrote to Kapustkiy that “We appreciate your help, but please don’t post the details on pastebin.com.” However, the personal information of New York Consulate General that was posted on pastebin.com has been removed, but some non-personal information still is on site.

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Indian Embassy Websites Hacked, Leaking Valuable Data

Indian Embassy Websites Hacked, Leaking Valuable Data

Nowadays hacking became a headache for various organizations. Latest news is that Indian Embassy websites hacked in different countries and the valuable and secured information had lost. Two hackers addressing from Netherlands had hacked seven Indian High Commission websites and posted online numerous secure details like Login, Passwords, Database containing names, passport numbers, email ids, mobile numbers of Indian people, etc.

According to the latest reports, security pen-testers by the name of Kapustkiy and Kasimierz have entered into Indian Embassy Websites and stole valuable data. They also mentioned the reason behind their hacking. They said the hack was to oblige administrators to consider the cyber security of their websites seriously.

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The hackers in a Pastebin link shared on their twitter account posted that they have hijacked the Indian Embassy Websites in Switzerland, Italy, Romania, Mali, South Africa, Lybia, and Malawi. They also mentioned that they had leaked personal details of hundreds of Indian citizens including students those who are studying in abroad.

The Indian High Commissions sites those who faced hack had done an extraordinary investigation. After inspection, they said that they are susceptible to SQL injection vulnerability which lets the hacker to insert malicious SQL commands to the web application and get sensitive database information.

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Hackers Via email told that “we did this thing to prove security was inadequate and several domains related to the Indian Embassy had the same weakness. By this incident, a lot of people lost hope and trust on Embassy. That’s why only we did this thing.”

The leaked data showed that the hacked websites are so unconfident and even user ids and passwords have also stored in plaintext without any hashing mechanism.

Indian Hackers Ready for Cyber-Attacks on Pakistan after Surgical Attacks

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After The Army’s “Surgical Attack”, Now Its Indian Hackers Turn

Several Indian cyber hackers have joined hands to launch a massive attack on Pakistan websites. Cybercrime experts claim that several cyber experts are working on hacking of Pakistani websites to carry out mass defacement attack on their websites. The defacement is an attack on a website that changes the visual appearance of a site or page.

A day after Indian army has carried out surgical attack on Pakistan; the National Cyber Safety and Security Standards said that its research team had cracked the official web gateway of Pakistan, i.e., gov.pk. The cyber experts also stated that they have waited for the command to launch the attack if needed.

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The Cyber expert group is also identifying and blocking the social media and websites that operated by Pakistani terrorists like Jamaat-Ud-Dawa (JuD), Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT), the Students Islamic Movement of India (SIMI) and Indian Mujahedeen (IM).

“We are trying to enter into their critical establishments after the Pathankot attack. We got the access to ‘gov.pk’ websites. But we need a command from the Indian government to hack them,” said S. Amar Prasad Reddy, additional director-general, National Cyber Safety and Security Standards.

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He also added that “An expert hacker from our organization has entered into Pakistan’s principal database and showed us that the Pakistan’s critical websites are penetrable. ”Cyber expert’s claim that attack from India focused on the government websites.

“We are now insisting everyone to have a State Cyber Security Policy suiting their requirements. We currently have 1,500 cyber security experts, which should increased to 10 lakh to protect critical infrastructure,” he said.

The officials said that its impossible to cyber attack on Indian website gov.in. Because it is highly secured and sophisticated honeypot computer security mechanism. However, there are many other government websites with this domain that are unprotected.

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The technical head of National Defence Research Centre, Arulselvar Thomas has announced. That they are developing a new Mobile Application Security Test (MAST) mobile app, which keeps the phone free from bugs and safe.

He said, “In the next eight months, we will roll out a series of testing tools in the open source that can used by the public or even the service providers to make sure all the apps are bug-free.”

Hackers Attack Central Bank Websites of Indonesia and South Korea

Hackers Attack Central Bank Websites of Indonesia and South Korea

The central bank public websites of Indonesia and South Korea are reportedly hit by the cyber-attacks and distributed-denial-of-service (DDoS) disturbances linked to activist hacking group Anonymous pledged to target the global banking industry. It was disclosed that Central banks have been on high alert as cyber-terrorists issued deceitful money transfers to sneak $81 million from the Bangladesh central bank in the month of February.

In response to the hacks in the month, Bank Indonesia (BI) officials said that no money was lost. Deputy Governor Ronald Waas in an interview on Monday said that the bank have blocked 149 regions that don’t typically access its websites. The restricted regions include several small African countries. He also said that several central banks were hit by similar attacks and were sharing the IP addresses used by the hackers.

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“There is regional cooperation between central banks. Those who have gotten hit are sharing their experiences,” Ronald told the news service. According to The Hill officials said, the bank detected 273 viruses and 67,000 spam messages to its email server and website in just a few hours on Monday. Officials of Bank of Korea told Reuters that there was at least one DDoS attack on the bank’s website in the month of May. And there was no harm done.

Anonymous, an associated international network of activists and hackers originated in 2003 attached the central banks of both Greece and Cyprus and warned it through a YouTube video that it would launch a 30-day strike targeting “ the global banking cartel.” And the attack was dubbed as “Op Icarus.”  In the Month of May Operation Icarus hit nearly 70-banking institutions round the globe.

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DDoS is its preferred method of attack by the hackers which disables websites by flooding them with internet requests, overwhelming the servers temporarily. Occasionally the hackers succeed in obtaining access to the data. But seldom in such attacks have they penetrated more critical systems.

“Olympus will fall,” a computerized voiceover said in a video taking credit for the attack on the Greek central bank. “Like Icarus, the powers that be have flown to close to the sun, and the time has come to set the wings of their empire ablaze.”

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“The arms industries, banking and other financial institutions, government intelligence agencies and countless others …  seeks the preservation and the perpetuation of the powers that be,” a person wearing the group’s trademark Guy Fawkes mask said in a computerized voice.

“This octopus operates through the tentacles of the [International Monetary Fund], the Federal Reserve and the World Bank, masterminded by think tanks such as the Bilderberg Group and the Council on Foreign Relations,” the person continues.