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Category: Security (page 1 of 48)

50% Indian companies suffer unexpected downtime due to data loss: Report

Over 50% of Indian organisations suffered unexpected downtime in 2020 because of loss of data, said a report by Singapore-based cybersecurity firm Acronis. This was despite the fact that close to 70% of them were using 10 cybersecurity products at a time. 20% of IT professionals, surprisingly, don’t even know if their company is subject to data privacy laws. The survey was conducted on 4,400 IT users and professionals in 22 countries, including India.

533 mn Facebook users personal data have been leaked online

A hacking group has published personal data of 533 mn Facebook users for free online. The data includes users from 106 countries, including the USA (32 mn), United Kingdom (11 mn), and India (6 mn). The published data include users mobile numbers, FB IDs,  names, locations, DOB, bios, and – in few cases – email ID. A Facebook spokesperson said that data was scraped in 2019 following a vulnerability that the social network has patched.

Wipro to acquire Australia-based cybersecurity firm Ampion

Wipro has entered into an agreement to acquire Australia-based cybersecurity provider Ampion. The Melbourne-headquartered company was formed after the merger of two IT services providers Revolution IT and Shelde. The combination of Wipro and Ampion will be able to scale up demands for IT products and services in the growing market. Wipro in operating in Australia and New Zealand for the last 20 years.

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Airtel receives CERT-IN empanelment to offer services to govt agencies, PSUs

Bharti Airtel has been empanelled by the CERT-IN, which will allow the Gurgaon based telco to offer cyber-security solutions to the central and state governments as well as PSUs, besides corporate clients. Airtel provides end-to-end managed security services to enterprise clients under Airtel Secure, which is a combination of Airtel’s network security with solutions delivered through global partnerships.

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52% of Indian firms fell victim to cyber-attacks in last 12 months: Sophos

A Sophos report, published in collaboration with Tech Research Asia, said that 52% of the firms surveyed fell victim to a cybersecurity attack in the past year. 71 % of these attacks were serious in nature, and 65% took over a week to remediate. Cybersecurity budgets, the report said, remained unchanged. Sunil Sharma, MD  – Sales, Sophos India said, “Indian firms need to view cybersecurity as a value to the business and increase budgets accordingly.”

MobiKwik’s KYC data of 3.5 mn users up for sale on dark web

Independent cybersecurity researchers Rajshekhar Rajaharia has claimed that KYC data of around 3.5 mn users of MobiKwik is up for sale on the Dark Web. French researcher Elliot Alderson, verifying the breach, said that the 8.2TB of data contains users’ phone numbers, emails, hashed passwords, addresses, bank accounts and card details. MobiKwik, which is planning an IPO this year to raise $200-250 mn, denied the breach.

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SolarWinds hacker accessed emails of top US Homeland Security officials

SolarWinds hackers have got access to email accounts of the Trump administration’s head of the Department of Homeland Security and other key members, the department responsible for eliminating threats emanating from foreign soil, news agency AP said. The intelligence value of hacking is not known yet. The hack, however,  raises serious questions over the USA govt’s ability to protect individuals, firms and institutions, if it can’t protect itself.

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Lethal malware hiding as System Update is attacking Android smartphones

A new lethal Android malware that hides by masquerading as a system update has been discovered by researchers at Zimperium. Once installed, the malware takes control of Android phones and not only steals data but can record audio, phone calls, take photos, access WhatsApp, steal instant messenger messages and database files, inspect bookmarks and searches etc. Zimperium CEO Shridhar Mittal said that the malware is most likely a part of a targeted attack.

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Thousands of Exchange servers still compromised despite applying patches

Thousands of Microsoft mail servers are still compromised despite applying fixes, said Brandon Wales, acting director of the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency. He said that organisations, where servers were compromised before fixing patches, must take additional measures. So far, 45% of the vulnerable systems had been patched in the US. The number of not patched machines are less than 10,000, down from 120,000 at the start.

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