Interesting news updates from the last week

 July 13, 2012

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450,000 ‘Yahoo! Voices’ passwords hacked In yet another password breach and exposure, around 450,000 login credentials affiliated to Yahoo! Voices were released on the web. The group responsible, D33ds, has said that they hope to raise awareness about password security. Yahoo! had stored these credentials in plain text, which is...

Malicious QR codes threaten mobile security

 July 11, 2012

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How many times have you spotted a QR code and scanned it through your smartphone camera? While these may be an effective tool for marketers to re-direct people to a particular website, how safe are these QR codes? What are QR codes? A Quick Response (QR) code is a square-shaped...

Password Security: A dash of ‘salt’ and little of ‘hash’ to go please!

 June 11, 2012

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Online services like LinkedIn, eHarmony and were recently hacked and millions of passwords were found on Russian hacker forums. This has led to a rise in public awareness about password securing procedures like ‘salting’ and ‘hashing’. Quick Heal users are protected from various real-time risks but attacks like this...

Is your LinkedIn account password hacked?

 June 7, 2012

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Professional networking website LinkedIn suffered a major security breach of its password database recently. Reportedly a file containing more than 6 million hashed passwords appeared in an online forum in Russia. Out of these 6 million hashed passwords, more than 200,000 passwords have been cracked so far. The file does...

Anonymous readying to stage Occupy India protests across all major cities on 9 June

 May 29, 2012

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Anonymous, the faceless worldwide hacktivist group, is staging a series of protests in India on June 9 as part of the ‘Occupy India’ movement. These protests are in response to the blocking of popular file sharing websites like ‘The Pirate Bay’ and video sharing websites like ‘Vimeo’ by ISPs in...

How to tell the difference between White-Hat, Grey-Hat and Black-Hat hackers

 May 28, 2012

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In the last post on hacktivism, we briefly mentioned three different types of hackers – white-hat hackers, grey-hat hackers and black-hat hackers. This post will delve into these three and help you understand the categories better. A hacker, as we all know by now, is someone who utilizes his understanding...

Future Watch I: The impending dangers of Hacktivism and political hacking

 May 25, 2012

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Hacktivism is a rising threat to cyber security that we are sure to see more of in the coming years. Out of the 174 million reported cyber crimes in 2011, around 100 million of them are related to hacktivism. This term refers to the hacking of networks or websites by...

Has your Facebook account been hacked? Here’s what to do

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 April 24, 2012

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We hear about Facebook accounts getting hacked on a daily basis. With hackers dedicated to pounce on the slightest mistake made by a user, cases of Facebook accounts being compromised have become quite unavoidable. There are also instances of a friend or family member getting unauthorized access and misusing the...

BSNL website gets hacked

 December 6, 2011

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The Government owned Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL – the leading Indian telecommunication company) website has suffered yet another hacker attack. This time it was in the early hours of Sunday (December 4, 2011). After the hacking a message appeared on the site – “Your site Security is Shit and...

Recent Facebook porn spam attack: How to avoid falling in the trap

 November 17, 2011

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The recent wave of porn spam attacks that flooded Facebook accounts with posts carrying images of sex and violence has been brought under control. Most of the spam has stopped and the responsible accounts have been quarantined. Thousands of Facebook users had been afflicted and unknowingly posted pornographic spam which...