Rahul Gandhi and Indian National Congress’ Twitter accounts hacked: Last week, Congress party, the key opposition party in India, confirmed that the official Twitter accounts of its vice-president Rahul Gandhi had been hacked. In less than 24 hours, Congress party’s Twitter account was also hacked. A series of offensive posts were posted on the party’s account. In the recent past, several celebrities like Facebook CEO, Google CEO, Twitter’s CEO, Twitter’s ex-CEO etc have had their Twitter accounts hacked. Courtesy the recent big hacks and high volume password dumps from sites like Yahoo, LinkedIn, MySpace, Tumblr, etc, there are more than 1 Billion passwords available on the net. This coupled with the human tendency to reuse most of the passwords, allows hackers to easily break into Twitter and other social media accounts.
San Francisco Metro system hacked with Ransomware; resulting in free rides: The fare system of San Francisco’s Metro got hacked by ransomware and station screens across the city started displaying a message that reads: “You Hacked, ALL Data Encrypted. Contact For Key(firstname.lastname@example.org)ID:681 ,Enter.” Trains themselves were not affected by the malware attack. Though it is yet not clear exactly who was responsible for the attack, but according to local media reports, $73K was paid in Bitcoins to get the key and put the Fare system back to normal. Issue 52 – A LA Hospital has paid $17K in Ransom.
Over 1 Million Google Accounts hacked by ‘Gooligan’ Android malware: A new Android malware Dubbed ‘Gooligan’, has already breached more than 1 Million Google accounts. The malware roots vulnerable Android devices to steal email addresses and authentication tokens stored on them. Armed with this information, the attackers are able to hijack the user’s Google account. The malware is part of legitimate-looking Android apps on 3rd-party app stores, when users download these apps, their device is compromised. Once installed the malware also tries to generate revenue for its master by downloading some apps and writing reviews on behalf of the user.
Cyber-attack knocks nearly a Million Routers offline: More than 900,000 broadband routers belonging to Deutsche Telekom users in Germany were knocked offline over last weekend following a supposed cyber-attack, affecting the telephony, television, and internet service in the country. The hackers used Mirai Botnet and the ports/protocols that were meant for the ISP to manage the device remotely – to knock the routers off. Most of the routers were using default passwords. Experts recommend to avoid using default passwords in any internet facing device.
Rule 41 — FBI gets expanded Power to hack any computer in the World: Hacking multiple computers across the world just got easier for the United States intelligence and law enforcement agencies. The changes introduced to the Rule 41 grants the FBI much greater powers to hack into multiple computers within the country, and perhaps anywhere in the world, with just a single warrant authorized by any US judge. Issue 92 – we saw ” FBI hacked into 8,000 Computers in 120 Countries using a single warrant”.
Hacker who exposed Steubenville rape faces longer Prison term than rapists: In 2012, Steubenville (Ohio) high school’s football team players gang-raped an unconscious teenage girl and took photographs of the sexual assault. In December 2012, a member of the hacker collective Anonymous hacked into the Steubenville High School football fan website and leaked some evidence of the rape, including a video taken and shared by the crime’s perpetrators in which they joked about the sexual assault. The rapists who were 16 years at that time were sentenced to 2 years in jail. In 2013, FBI arrested the hacker who now faces 10 years in prison, the sentencing is scheduled in Mar’17.
Anonymous Hacktivist ‘Barrett Brown’ released from Prison: Barrett Brown was arrested in 2012 for hacking and leaking 200GB data from a ‘geopolitical intelligence and consulting firm’ called Stratfor. The leaked data largely contained Emails, Credit Card Numbers and client lists. The hackers used the stolen credit card information to make donations to various charities exceeding one million dollars. Brown was convicted for five years in jail and nearly $900,000 in restitution and fines. He was released last week.
Researcher shows how to bypass BitLocker: Any laptop that relies on Windows BitLocker Hard Drive Encryption software can be easily hacked if the hacker gets physical access to the device and holds SHIFT+F10 during Windows 10 update procedure. This will allow the hacker to get CLI access and full access to the computer’s hard drive, even when the user has enabled BitLocker disk encryption feature. Experts recommend users not to leave their PCs unattended during the update procedure.
Malware used to steal Tesla car: Last week, researchers showed an easy way to steal a Tesla car. Tesla app generates an OAuth token when a Tesla owner logs in to the Android app for the first time and this token is stored in clear text in the device’s system folder to help the user access the app without credentials every time he logs into the app. Researchers have shown that if a Tesla owner’s phone is infected with Android malware and hackers access the OAuth token, the hacker can locate, unlock and drive away a Tesla Model S. Tesla says it is not the issue with its product but common social engineering tricks used by attackers to first compromise victim’s phone, rooting the device and then altering its apps data. Issue 83 – “ Tesla car hacked by Chinese security firm from 19km away using ‘malicious’ Wi-Fi hotspot”