News wrap on trending cyber-attacks

July 27, 2017

The PSNI has said that Chief Constable George Hamilton’s Twitter account may have been “maliciously hacked”. The incident happened yesterday, with a number of other Twitter users asking why a tweet had been removed from his account. It is unclear what it referred to, but other tweets indicated it included a series of numbers. Detective Chief Inspector Michael Harvey, the head of the PSNI’s Cyber Crime Centre, said: “At this time we believe there is a possibility the account was maliciously hacked.”Enquiries are currently ongoing. There are no further details at this time.” One Twitter user called Mark wrote after seeing the tweet: “@ChiefConPSNI Was that a wee data protection slip up earlier George?”

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Android malware reaching the Google Play Store is not really something new, as infected apps are being detected on a regular basis, but search giant Google highlights one particular case that it managed to deal with thanks to the recently-released Google Play Protect security feature. Specifically, Google says it came across a new form of Android spyware called Lipizzan which the company says is somehow linked to an Israeli company working with governments and intelligence agencies across the world.

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New vulnerabilities recently found in 3G and 4G networks can reportedly allow hackers to spy, monitor and track locations of phones. Security researchers also reportedly believe that the flaw could pave the way for next-gen low-cost stingray devices. According to security experts Ravishankar Borgaonkar and Lucca Hirschi, who discussed their research at the BlackHat event in Las Vegas, the flaw was reportedly found in the authentication and key agreement of high-speed networks – which allows a phone to securely communicate with a user’s network.

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Security researchers have discovered a new backdoor trojan targeting Windows computers. Named CowelSnail, this malware appears to be the work of the same group who weaponized the SambaCry vulnerability to install cryptocurrency miners on Linux servers last month. Codewise, CowerSnail is an unusual strain, being coded in Qt, a coding framework for developing cross-OS applications. Qt malware isn’t anything new or groundbreaking, but this type of malware is somewhat rare. According to Kaspersky researcher Sergey Yunakovsky, the CowerSnail malware contains only basic functionality, and at the moment it can be only used as a backdoor to infected hosts.

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Large firms are vulnerable to targeted hack attacks because they do little to strip data from files on their websites, suggests research. The data gets added as employees create documents, images and other files as they maintain and update websites. The research found user names, employee IDs, software versions and unique IDs for internal computers in the files. Attackers could use it to craft attacks aimed at senior staff, said security firm Glasswall which did the survey. Banks, law firms, defence contractors and government departments were all found to be leaking data.

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CowelSnail – a new backdoor trojan; How to get protected

CowelSnail backdoor is a nasty computer infection detected as Trojan. This perilous threat is created and distributed by hackers to cheat innocent users and make illegal profit. It can easily alter your system security without permission. This deceptive malware infection is able to attack all Windows based computers very easily. It will get inside your machine and block your anti-virus program to avoid its removal. It can also disable firewall security to make your system vulnerable. CowelSnail backdoor virus can inject its malign codes to the registry editor to get started automatically. This notorious threat can also bring other harmful and dangerous malware on your PC without your consent. It can clone itself and spread its copies into different system files and folders. It will badly damage your system files and settings in very less time.

How CowelSnail backdoor Enter Your PC

CowelSnail backdoor is a silent intruder and it can invade your machine without your permission. CowelSnail backdoor can get spread through malicious links, spam email attachments, fake pop-ups, misleading advertisements, bundled freeware, cracked software, peer to peer files, torrent files, porn websites and other tricks. This nasty virus can also get distributed through infected USB drives. You can also get this CowelSnail backdoor virus on your system when you play online games or download free videos and music form Internet.

Why CowelSnail backdoor Is Harmful

Once installed on your machine, CowelSnail backdoor can do various perilous activities. It can take over on your Internet settings and the DNS settings. It can connect to remote server and download harmful threats and infections on your system. This notorious threat will make our computer dull and freezing. Your system will keep lagging and often get unresponsive, most of your computer programs fail to work and show error. CowelSnail backdoor virus can open backdoor o your system and allow hackers to remotely access your PC. It can also steal your personal and financial data. It can send your details to hackers for using in illegal activities. So it is advised to remove CowelSnail backdoor virus soon from infected PC.

How to reduce the risk of infection

The following resources provide further information and best practices to help reduce the risk of infection.

  • Operating system updates to fix vulnerabilities
  • File sharing protection
  • Disable Autorun (CD/USB)
  • Best practices for instant messaging
  • Best practices for browsing the Web
  • Best practices for email


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