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Tag: Cyber Attack

Microsoft Stops Biggest Ever DDoS Cyber Attack In History

Microsoft Azure Cloud has stopped the biggest-ever distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack at a massive 3.47 terabytes (Tbps) per second.

99% of Indian Firms Adopt Hybrid Cloud Amid Cyber Risks: Report
99% of Indian Firms Adopt Hybrid Cloud Amid Cyber Risks: Report

The findings also indicated that cyber threats are at an all-time high and infrastructure complexity is creating cracked doors that cybercriminals are exploiting.

Phishing Attack
Phishing Attacks Via WhatsApp, Telegram Soar In India

India is among the top three countries facing phishing attacks primarily via instant mobile messaging apps like Facebook-owned WhatsApp and highly-encrypted Telegram, a new report revealed on Wednesday.

Free, Open Internet Under Attack, Warns Sundar Pichai
Free, Open Internet Under Attack, Warns Sundar Pichai

Pichai made it clear that the responsibility of steering the future of the internet should not be an onus of an individual.

52% Of Indian Firms Report Cyber Attack In Last 12 Months
52% Of Indian Firms Report Cyber Attack In Last 12 Months

Mumbai: About 52 per cent of Indian organisations said they fell victim to a successful cybersecurity attack in the last 12 months, according to a survey released on Tuesday. Of these successful breaches, 71 per cent of organisations admitted it was a serious or very serious attack, and 65 per cent said it took longer […]

Farmer Protest
Hackers Hit Indians With Ransomware Supporting Farmers

New Delhi: In a unique way to support protesting farmers in India, cyber criminals have launched a new ransomware attack in the country that does not ask for money but justice for the community, conveying a message that no data will be recovered until the demands of the farmers are met, a new report revealed […]

Chinese Attack
Microsoft Warns Customers Against New China Cyber Attack

New Delhi: Microsoft has warned its customers against a new sophisticated nation-state cyber attack that has its origin in China and is primarily targeting on-premises ‘Exchange Server’ software of the tech giant. Called “Hafnium,” it operates from China and is attacking infectious disease researchers, law firms, higher education institutions, defence contractors, policy think tanks and […]

Dragon Targets Telecom To Breach Security, Firewall Ready In 6 Months
Dragon Targets Telecom To Breach Security, Firewall Ready In 6 Months

New Delhi: In a bid to counter cyber-attacks and data theft, primarily perpetrated from China, the government seems determined to implement the new security directives in the telecom sector, cleared by the Cabinet Committee on Security (CCS), within the next six months. Underlining the need of such directive, a confidential report of National Security Council […]

Hackers Attack 100 Influential People To Collect Intelligence, Reveals Microsoft

New Delhi: Microsoft has detected and worked to stop a series of cyber-attacks from hackers masquerading as conference organisers to target more than 100 high-profile individuals, including former ambassadors and other senior policy experts, for intelligence collection purposes. Phosphorus, an Iranian threat actor, targeted potential attendees of the upcoming Munich Security Conference and the Think […]

Google Stops Biggest-Ever DDoS Cyber Attack
Google Stops Biggest-Ever DDoS Cyber Attack

New Delhi: The cyber security threats such as distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) are growing exponentially, disrupting businesses of all sizes globally, leading to outages and loss of user trust, Google has said. The tech giant revealed that its infrastructure absorbed a massive 2.5Tbps DDoS in September 2017, the highest-bandwidth attack reported to date which was the […]

High-Profile Twitter Hacking Scandal Craftily Done By 4 Young Hackers: Report

San Francisco: The worst cyber attack in the history of social media in which over 130 high-profile Twitter accounts were compromised using internal company tools this week is not the handiwork of nation-state bad actors but the brainchild of four young hackers, the media reported. The New York Times reported on Friday that the Twitter […]

Collaborations Key To Tackle Nation-State Cyber Attacks: Microsoft

New Delhi: As governments the world over deliberate over how to tackle growing nation-state cyber attacks and protect sensitive data, a top Microsoft official said on Tuesday that collaborations between the governments, tech companies and third-party cybersecurity agencies can help address the growing menace. According to Rob Lefferts, CVP-Program Management M365 Security at Microsoft, the […]

Iran Foils 2nd Cyber Attack In A Week

Tehran: Iran has foiled a second cyber attack, which electronic government systems, in under a week, a Minister said on Sunday. On Twitter, Telecommunications Minister Mohammad Javad Azari-Jahromi said the Dejfa fortress had managed to thwart the attack which had used the “well-known APT27” – which experts have linked to Chinese-speaking hackers, the BBC reported. […]

India ranks 6th for highest cyber attacks on pharma firms

New Delhi: India is the sixth country in the world where more and more pharmaceutical companies are being targeted by cyber criminals, a new report said on Sunday. Nearly 45 per cent machines in the Indian pharmaceutical organisations — more than four in 10 devices — were detected with malicious attempts, said cyber security firm […]

India sees dramatic rise in cyber attacks post-Kashmir decision

New Delhi: There has been a rise in cyber attacks on Indian institutions after the abrogation of Article 370 and 35A and the country needs to be extra careful when it comes to the security of websites and critical infrastructure, Russian cyber security firm Kaspersky said on Monday. On Sunday, the official website of the […]

cyber crime
Dark web listings of malware on the rise: Study

London: There has been a 20 per cent rise in the dark net listings of malware targeting enterprises, warns a study. The dark net is that part of the Internet which is inaccessible when using standard browsers like Google. The study by cybersecurity company Bromium and researchers at the University of Surrey in Britain found […]

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69% Indian firms face serious cyber attack risk: Study

Kuala Lumpur: While 69 per cent Indian and 63 per cent Australian companies are most at risk of cyber attack, 35 per cent of organisations in the region suffered at least one cyber security incident in the last 12 months, says a sector study. According to a recent study by leading IT analyst firm Frost […]

Microsoft issues security alert over cyber attack: Reports

San Francisco: Microsoft has alerted some of its webmail users of possible hacker attacks that could access their email accounts illegally, media reports said. In an email notification to some affected users on Saturday, Microsoft said it became aware of an issue involving unauthorised access to some customers’ web-based email accounts by cybercriminals. “We have identified […]

Defence Cyber Agency to empower Indian armed forces

New Delhi: As cyber threats from nation-state bad actors grow exponentially, India urgently requires to enhance the cyber capabilities of its armed forces, including the operationalisation of a Defence Cyber Agency, a new report has emphasised. According to the comprehensive report titled “Credible Cyber Deterrence in Armed Forces of India” by the New Delhi-based Vivekananda […]

N.Korean cyberattack looted $13.5mn from Indian bank: UN

United Nations: Starved for foreign funds due to UN sanctions, North Korea carried out a $13.5 million cyber heist of Cosmos Bank using a network across 28 countries by breaking its internal safety measures, according to the world body. The Security Council’s panel of experts that monitors the sanctions on North Korea said the cyber attack […]

Facebook apps encountering glitch

San Francisco: Facebook ruled out a cyber attack speculation which started making the rounds when products of its family of apps — WhatsApp, Instagram and Messenger — began encountering service outage for nearly eight hours in what appeared to be one of the longest downtimes. On Wednesday, users across the globe experienced problems sending messages […]

Chinese hacker groups to shift focus to India in 2018: FireEye

New Delhi: Chinese advanced persistent threat (APT) groups that have allegedly been creating cyber havoc internationally will shift their focus in 2018 to countries like India and Hong Kong and groups seen as a threat to Beijing’s influence over global markets, enterprise cybersecurity company FireEye said on Thursday. Hacker groups backed by nation-states are termed as […]

WARNING: Uninstall TrueCaller, Weibo, WeChat, UC Browser, says govt advisory

New Delhi: Be warned and alert as you might be at the risk of cyber attack if you are using Chinese apps like TrueCaller, Weibo, WeChat, UC News and UC Browser. The Home Ministry has issued a country-wide advisory to the Army and paramilitary forces warning them of a cyber attack through mobile phones and […]

New Microsoft Azure features to encrypt data while in use

New Delhi: Microsoft on Thursday unveiled Azure confidential computing to provide enterprises with Next-Gen data security as cyber attacks gain momentum worldwide. Azure confidential computing is a set of features and services that provide protection that is missing from Public Clouds — encryption of data while in use. “Today, Azure delivers cutting-edge support for encryption […]

'Digital drive puts India at greater cyber attack risk'

Singapore: India’s growing economy and digital push have caught the attention of hackers and an increasing wave of cyber attacks could soon badly impact the country, experts from Russian cyber security firm Kaspersky Lab have warned. India and other South Asian countries are now on the radar of cyber attackers, said experts, adding that the […]

China warns the world of new ransomware-like virus UIWIX

Beijing: Chinese authorities warned computer users of the risk of a new cyber attack by a virus similar to WannaCry ransomware that has affected over 150 countries since it was detected last week, causing widespread panic. The National Computer Virus Emergency Response Centre (CVERC) and software company AsiaInfo on Wednesday detected the “UIWIX” virus, which […]

ransomware attack
Govt gears up to handle WannaCry Ransomware cyber-attack

Berhampur/Bhubaneswar: Hours after ransomware cyber-attack was detected at the Berhampur City Hospital’s information management system, the attack was also reported today at the Purusottampur hospital with the affected computer screen showing the ‘WannaCry’ message. Though initially errors occurred in three computers at the office of the Purusottampur hospital, two could be restored after anti-virus software […]

WannaCry Ransomware cyber attack: Do’s and Don’ts to prevent hacking

The detection of the first WannaCry Ransomware virus  in Berhampur city hospital today has put the state government and IT ministry in particular on high alert. Besides issuing advisory, the IT department has been convening review meetings with OCAC, NIC and IIIT to deal with the bug. The crime branch chief had also warned about […]

Ransomware cyber attack: IT Dept releases advisory   

Bhubaneswar: In view of the global WannaCry Ransomware cyber attack, the state IT Department has released an advisory to avoid possibles attack in the state in future. The IT department has advised all the departments to follow the instructions prescribed  in the advisory to prevent computers from getting hacked. In the advisory, the department has […]

Ransomware Attack
Indian-origin Google researcher links ransomware attack to North Korea

London/Washington: As the world struggles to identify cybercriminals behind the global ransowmware attack that hit 150 countries, an Indian-origin security researcher working with Google has claimed that the hackers may have links to North Korea. According to Neel Mehta’s discovery, the “Lazarus Group” that works on behalf of North Koreans may be behind the attack […]

This 22-year-old put brakes on rasomware attack by accident

London: A 22-year-old cyber expert who accidentally stopped the breach at the British National Health Service (NHS) has now been hired by the British National Cyber Security Centre to prevent further damage. Marcus Hutchins, also known as “Malware Tech”, accidentally triggered a “kill switch” that helped in stopping the “WannaCry” ransomware attack from spreading further, […]

Ravi Shankar Prasad
Ransomware attack had 'nearly zero' impact in India: Minister

New Delhi: Trying to instil confidence among people, Electronics and Information Technology Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad on Monday said the ongoing cyber attack by ransomware virus ‘WannaCrypt’ had nearly zero impact in India. “We are strengthening our cyber security. After talking to Microsoft, we had asked people to install patch system in March. This ongoing […]

White House
Less than $70,000 paid in 'ransomware' cyberattack: White House

Washington: Less than $70,000 has been paid in a “ransomware” cyberattack that has affected about 150 countries worldwide, the White House said on Monday. “We are not aware of payments that have led to any data recovery,” White House Homeland Security adviser Tom Bossert said at a daily briefing. Bossert said the ransomware attack, known […]

Cyber attack
Ransomware cyber-attack a wake-up call: Microsoft

Washington: A cyber-attack that hit 150 countries since Friday should be treated by governments around the world as a “wake-up call”, Microsoft has said. The computing giant said software vulnerabilities hoarded by governments had caused “widespread damage”, the BBC reported. A statement from Microsoft President and Chief Legal Officer Brad Smith on Sunday criticised the […]

Andhra police computers hit by cyber attack

Vijayawada: A section of computers of Andhra Pradesh’s police departments were affected by a global cyber attack on Saturday, authorities said. Computers in 18 police units in Chittoor, Krishna, Guntur, Visakhatpatnam and Srikakulam districts were affected. However, officials said the day-to-day functioning was not hampered. Director General of Police N. Sambasiva Rao said some standalone […]

UK election hacking
Russia cyber attackers may target UK elections, warn spies

London: Spies at the Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ) have called an emergency summit with Britain’s political parties after warning them that the next general election is vulnerable to cyber attacks by the Russians. Ciaran Martin, chief executive of GCHQ’s National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC), has written to leaders of all the main political parties offering expert […]