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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.