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One Million Android Phones Infected by Hackers

Hacking has become one of the biggest problems that the world is facing nowadays, and some millions of Android users are suffering for these cyber-attacks. Hackers have gained more than 1.3 million Google accounts, emails, photos, documents and much more.

Hackers are infecting Android phones by using illegitimate apps and once the user download that applications and the result are that their information is hacked. The computer researchers at Check point, a cyber-security firm has announced and also on Wednesday Google has also confirmed.

The hackers are managed to steal the digital tokens which give them access to Google services like person’s personal information, email and photos, etc. The massive hacks are appeared to be a criminal enrichment scheme.

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All the infected Android smartphones are beginning to install other legitimate Android applications. So all the smartphone users are advised to download the applications from their respective Apple Stores and Android stores. Google has already removed the malicious apps from the official stores that have a benefit of rating conspiracy.

The malware also installs the malicious advertising software and Google says that it had blocked 15,000 versions of the cyber-attack. According to Check Point researchers, another 13,000 devices are getting infected and are breached daily. And the researchers named this cyber-attack as Gooligan.

The Check Point has set up a new website namely Gooligan.CheckPoint.com. Through this website, people can check whether their devices are hacked or not. In addition to this, Android users can also check whether they have downloaded legitimate versions of any apps.

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“Not surprisingly, malware, spread in unofficial markets, can create real damage,” said Zuk Avraham, the founder of another cybersecurity firm, Zimperium. Google has mentioned that the users should avoid downloading the apps outside of Google Play on Wednesday.

Indian Hacker Arun S Kumar is Placed in Facebook Hall of Fame for Finding a Critical Bug

Arun s Kumar, a 20 year old third year computer engineering student at the MES Institute of Technology and Management in Chathannoor has attained the hall of fame in Facebook. Along with fame he is also rewarded for his efforts to bring down the bug. He is the only Indian to be named as white hat hacker in Facebook.

On August 9th, 2016 Arun has reported a bug to Facebook and after confirmation by the security team, the social networking site has fixed the same by Sep 6th 2016. The bug was pointed out in Facebook Business Manager and is considered as critical. Hence, he is rewarded with a prize money of $16,000 (approximately Rs. 10.70 lakhs).  Facebook started the bug bounty programme in the year 2011.

The bug if not fixed can make the hacker to take control over the Facebook page of any user in less than 10 seconds.

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This is the second time he received the reward money from Facebook. In the past he found a bug for which he was awarded Rs.7 lakhs. Apart from this Arun S Kumar has the reputation of bug hunting. He found many bugs in Google too.

In the last three years, Arun is able to earn money through his bug finding talent. He earned approximately Rs.30.85 lakhs (nearly amounts to $46,000) with this talent of finding the bugs.

Another achievement for Arun is that he was invited for attending the Facebook’s Security members meeting at Las Vegas along with three other members from across the globe. He is placed at 10th place in the Hall of Fame records of Facebook.

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Born in Mundakkal of kollam district, Arun s Kumar is the son of P S Suresh Kumar who works as a state government employee and mother, Nagalakshmi K, a house wife. The young and talented techie has the ambition to study abroad. The prize money earned will be used for his higher studies abroad.

US Students Developed Security Protocol Which Can Save The Smart Cars Hack

The student research team in the United States has developed a security protocol for protecting from the cyber-attacks where the smart cars are connected with the GPS, Bluetooth and internet connections.

In the year 2015 two researchers remotely hacked a Jeep Cherokee and got the control on everything from the car’s radio and media consoles to the car’s steering and brakes.

Shucheng Yu, who is the Associate Professor of Computer Science Department at University of Arkansas at Little Rock (UALR) says “These cars have become the trend of the future. There could be some very severe consequences if someone hacked into the car. A car can be fully controlled by the hacker if it is not protected.”

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Yu and his student Zachary King who is junior majoring in computer science at the UALR has developed a security protocol to protect the smart cars from hacking in the project called “Investigating and Securing Communications in the Controller Area Network (CAN)”.

Zachary King built an experimental environment which can simulate the communication system in a smart car and allows the security protocol to be tested through simulations.  “There are many ways that hackers can control CAN,” and he added in a statement.

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King says, “Once they access it, hackers can pretty easily control your car however they want. We are proposing to add a layer of security, so if an unauthorised person accesses it, they still would not be able to control your vehicle.”

The participants were honoured in the month of July during the commencement ceremony at the UALR Engineering and Information Technology Building.

In the Hack, World’s largest bitcoin exchanges lost $65 million

Hackers stole about $65 million of the digital currency, and this leads to the halt of the largest exchanges trading, and even Bitcoin got leapt.

Bitcoin collapsed to 5.5% against the dollar on Wednesday in Japan’s capital Tokyo. This is bought their two-day drop to 13%, and even the prices are also dropped 6.2% on Monday. The things are unclear and unknown that initial move was related to the hack.

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Hackers have negotiated the Bitcoin exchange Bitfinex, and the details are announced by the company on Tuesday about the withdrawing nearly $61 million from various accounts of the consumer.

The things about this security breach are still unclear, but the attackers seem to have bypassed the Bitfinex’s directed limits on the withdrawals. The statement says “The theft is being reported, and we are co-operating with the law enforcement,” and “We ask for the community’s patience as we unravel the causes and consequences of this breach.”

Bitcoin Exchange stopped trading after discovering the hack. The trading is halted at 2 PM GMT by Bitfinex for blocking further thefts, and the users can check the block-chain for verifying their accounts were affected or not.

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Some of the users have mentioned about their loss of Bitcoins from their wallets, and these details are posted on Reddit.

Some of the users have mentioned about their loss of Bitcoins from their wallets, and these details are posted on Reddit. Bitfinex community director Zane Tackett estimated that the value of the theft is 119,756 bitcoin or roughly $61 million as per the current exchange rates.

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There is no clarification whether Bitfinex can bear the loss of that magnitude and there is still possible some or all of the funds could be recovered. Tackett has mentioned in another thread that “We are focused on tracing the coins and working with the relevant authorities at this time”.

Chinese Hacks slow down due to Military reforms, Pact with the US 

Last year presidents of America and China made a pact about the cyber securities. According to the agreement China had agreed to the cut down of cyber hacks aimed at curbing the theft of the intellectual property. Mr Obama and Mr Xi Jinping announced their agreement after the meeting last year at the White House Rose Garden.

The United States officials said that they have discovered malware in power grids, cell phone networks and other civilian targets. But they are not sure whether that harmful software is intended to stealing user’s information or to shut the system completely down or both.

iSight, the intelligence unit of FireEye, a private firm which manages network breaches stated that the decline in the cyber attacks began a year before the meeting of Mr Obama and Mr.Xi Jinping. According to the report given by FireEye, there is a sharp cut-off in almost daily raids on Silicon Valley enterprises, Army contractors and other commercial targets.

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The study mainly speaks about the change on the part of Chinese president’s effort to bring the Chinese military, which is known to be the main sponsors of the attacks, further under his control. The report clearly states that Chinese attacks have decreased in volume, but increased in sophistication and the Chinese hackers are starting to pick their targets more carefully much more like the Russian hackers.

Kevin Mandia of FireEye stated that “It’s a mixed bag,” which first detailed the activities of a People’s Liberation Army cyber-arm, called Unit 61398, that had been responsible for some of the most highly publicised thefts of American technology. We still see semiconductor companies and aerospace firms attacked.”

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The daily cyber attacks were decreased due to the immense public pressure and efforts of others. One of the factors for this drop out may be attributable to the decision of Justice Department to indict five members of the P.L.A. Unit about a year after its activities were exposed.

Last week, senior officials of the department of administration in Beijing were trying to flesh out the agreement between the national heads. One of the key points of the discussion was how to set up a hotline through which the two countries can alert other when malicious software is detected in global networks. The idea of setting up the hotline may favour investigators of China and America to find the source of the hack.

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The report concluded that “We see a threat that is less voluminous but more focused, calculated, and still successful in compromising corporate networks.”

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