Archive for June 30, 2017

Pro-ISIS Groups Hack Ohio Governer’s Website

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Ohio Gov. John Kasich's official website was one of several government pages to be hacked with messages advocating support for the ISIS terror group.

Visitors to governor.ohio.gov were greeted with a black background and an Arabic symbol while an Islamic call to prayer played in the background.

“You will be held accountable Trump, you and all your people for every drop of blood flowing from Muslim countries,” read the message on the Republican's homepage, which also carried a black background and the message, “I love Islamic state.”

Several other Ohio government websites were hacked, including those of the state's first lady Karen Kasich, as well as the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections, the Department of Medicaid, and Casino Control Commission. In addition to the pro-ISIS language, a line appeared on each page that said "Hacked by Team System DZ."

It was not immediately clear who the group was -- or whether it was genuinely affiliated with ISIS.

Tom Hoyt, chief communications officer for Ohio's Department of Administrative Services, was among Ohio officials who confirmed the hack.

"All affected servers have been taken offline and we are investigating how these hackers were able to deface these websites," he told the Associated Press. "We also are working with law enforcement to better understand what happened."

Telegram founder agrees to register in Russia but won’t share user data



The Telegram's founder Pavel Durov has agreed to register the company in Russia, after getting pressure from the local authorities.

Few days ago, the Russian communications regulator Roskomnadzor has demanded Telegram to provide information about the messaging app and company details.  The authorities also said this encrypted messaging app is being used by terrorists to plan attacks.

The authorities asked to give access to decrypt messages in order to catch terrorists. Authorities threatened to ban the Telegram, if the company fails to do so.

At first, Durov didn't agree with the demands.  Now, he is agreed to register the company with the Russian government.

"If the Telegram is banned in Russia, it will not happen because we refused to provide details about our company" Durov said in the social network VK.

Roman Jelud, a Professor from dataVoronezh State University, shared his opinion to Regnum that news about "Telegram ban" itself is a PR stunt.  This will only help the Telegram to gain more number of users.  Few days back itself, Roman said that Durov is using this for his PR and eventually Durov is going to agree to provide the required five points of information.

Though Durov says that they are only registering the company in Russia and will not share the users' secret data with the government, it will be hard to know whether it is true or not.

Russia is not only the government that is interested in the Telegram messenger. Last week, Durov stated that US Federal officers want to add a backdoor to the app.

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India’s largest container port disrupted after Petya ransomware cyber attack



The Ministry of Shipping has confirmed on Wednesday that the operations at India's one of the three largest port, Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust (JNPT), have been partially halted due to the global cyber attack 'Petya'.

The cyber attack also partially disrupted the operations of a private port operator APM Terminals Pipavav, which reportedly took place at late Tuesday night.

“We have been informed that the operations at GTI have come to a standstill because their systems are down (due to the malware attack). They are trying to work manually,” a senior JNPT official said.

To reduce the impact of the cyber attack, IT Ministry has sent National Cyber Security Advisor Gulshan Rai to assess the situation. While the government's cyber security unit worked overtime to send out advisories to all critical infrastructure.

"The ICT infrastructure installed, managed and operated by government authorities, central and state, are functioning efficiently," Rai told.

In a statement issued by the Shipping Ministry, it said: “An unforeseen situation has developed at Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust (JNPT), Sheva owing to disruption in the operations of one of the private terminal operator, APM Maersk at JNPT. It has been informed by the private Terminal Operator that this disruption is a consequence of a worldwide disruption being faced by them because of a cyber attack.”

JNPT has the capacity of 1.8 million standard container units, is located near Mumbai. As per the reports of Bloomberg,  the private terminal owners are not able to load or unload material, as it is hard for the officials to identify the owners of the shipments.

EMAIL SCAM TARGETS JUDGE; SWEEPS A MILLION DOLLARS

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The digital criminal group invests a considerable measure of energy creating scams to ensure their target succumbs to them. In the most recent scam, a state Supreme Court judge was deceived into an email she accepted originated from a legitimate source land legal advisor. Resultantly she lost more than $1 million.

The judge in the talk is Lori Sattler, a 51-year-old Acting State Supreme Court Justice who was pitching her flat to purchase another. Be that as it may, what she didn't expect was getting defrauded in such a basic circumstance. As reported by NYDailyNews report, Sattler approached the law enforcement experts and informed about the fraud mail. She told police that on Friday, June seventh, she got an email from somebody putting on a show to be her legal advisor requesting that she send cash to a bank account.

Following the guideline, she wired $1,057,500 to the account however instead of her legal counsellor the cash was sent to a bank in China, allegedly Commerce Bank of China. Regardless of how prominent your occupation is whether you don't know about online tricks you may wind up losing your life savings. This is not the first run through when an email trick has effectively deceived clients into wiring cash. In 2016, an organisation's CFO was deceived into transferring $44.6 million to the wrong financial balance. Facebook and Google were targeted by a phishing trick by a man in Lithuania who deceived the tech monsters into paying him over a $100 million.

LEAKED DATA OF AMERICANS PUTS AADHAAR INTO QUESTION OF TRUST

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No one's data is secure in a time of enormous information. Americans learnt it the most difficult way possible on Monday after a showcasing organisation working for the Republican National Committee traded off sensitive individual data of the greater part the nation's populace.

As indicated by a report conveyed by Tech news site Gizmodo, personal information of just about 62 percent of the US populace was "incidentally left uncovered" by an advertising organisation. This is allegedly the biggest rupture of discretionary information in the US up until now.

The bargain of information in the US - whose tech ability has been a wellspring of motivation for aspiring Indians - comes when challenges have spiked back home against the administration's interesting Unique Identification Scheme, a.k.a the Aadhaar card. A few State and Union government sites, including the Swachh Bharat Mission, leaked information of subjects who have subscribed to the Aadhaar. Points of interest released incorporated the Aadhaar number, address and sometimes, even the LPG connection numbers and telephone numbers.

Back in the US, the detail of natives traded off by the organisation incorporate locations, birthdates, telephone numbers, political perspectives, suppositions on weapon control, immature microorganism research and premature birth. The information was freely accessible on Amazon cloud server and could be accessed by any individual who had the link. The US scene is a lesson for India where the administration is pushing forward with the Aadhaar program, making it compulsory for exchanges with practically every administration division and select private administrations.