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Data Breach – The Cyber Forum https://www.thecyberforum.com Fri, 28 Dec 2018 05:16:44 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.4.2 https://www.thecyberforum.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/07/cropped-justice-147214_960_720-32x32.png Data Breach – The Cyber Forum https://www.thecyberforum.com 32 32 Russian Hands Were Involved In Czech Foreign Ministry Breach Last Year https://www.thecyberforum.com/2018/12/03/czech-foreign-ministry-breach/ https://www.thecyberforum.com/2018/12/03/czech-foreign-ministry-breach/#respond Mon, 03 Dec 2018 12:00:57 +0000 https://www.thecyberforum.com/?p=2404 BIS says last year 2 cyber-attacks on Czech foreign ministry was done partly by APT28 in its annual report. In the report about 150 staff mailboxes, copying emails, and attachments were accessed. The annual report said: All the findings make clear that it was the Turla cyberespionage campaign, originating from the FSB, a Russian intelligence […]

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BIS says last year 2 cyber-attacks on Czech foreign ministry was done partly by APT28 in its annual report. In the report about 150 staff mailboxes, copying emails, and attachments were accessed.

The annual report said:

All the findings make clear that it was the Turla cyberespionage campaign, originating from the FSB, a Russian intelligence service, and APT28/Sofacy, which is credited to the Russian military intelligence, the GRU.

APT28 is a hacking group having close relations with the Russian intelligence agency. BIS counter-intelligence service, Czech foreign ministry, and many other western countries also have warned against Russian activities in their countries.

BIS also mention Chinese intelligence activities in the report. Cyber-attacks on Czech military were also mentioned in which several private email accounts of people linked to the Defense Ministry and army were breached along with IP addresses by a malware known as X-Agent.

On the other hand, Czech President Milos Zeman has vigorously promoting political and business ties with both China and Russia.


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Quora Breach By The Hackers https://www.thecyberforum.com/2018/12/03/quora-breach-by-the-hackers/ https://www.thecyberforum.com/2018/12/03/quora-breach-by-the-hackers/#respond Mon, 03 Dec 2018 06:00:11 +0000 https://www.thecyberforum.com/?p=2409 When every popular user site is on the hit list of hackers why Quora remains unaffected by the breach. Last week Marriott and Dunkin’ Donuts also got hit by a cyber-attack affecting many of its users and economic loss to them. Quora, the question-and-answer site got hacked on Friday, compromising 100 million users’ data including […]

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When every popular user site is on the hit list of hackers why Quora remains unaffected by the breach. Last week Marriott and Dunkin’ Donuts also got hit by a cyber-attack affecting many of its users and economic loss to them.

Quora, the question-and-answer site got hacked on Friday, compromising 100 million users’ data including account information, such as name, email address, password, and data imported from linked networks, as well as public content and actions.


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There are chances that non-public content could have also been accessed. But anonymously authored questions and answers were not got affected in the breach.

The company will notify its users whose data and sign in passwords are compromised. Quora served approximately 190 million unique visitors a month in 2017. It was also valued at $1.8 billion following a funding round.

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A Massive Hack Attack Hit Marriott Hotels https://www.thecyberforum.com/2018/12/02/marriott-hack-attack/ https://www.thecyberforum.com/2018/12/02/marriott-hack-attack/#respond Sun, 02 Dec 2018 12:00:54 +0000 https://www.thecyberforum.com/?p=2391 Marriott Hotels got hit by a massive hack attack exposing the data of more than 500 million guests. Marriott mentions that about 327 million users’ emails, passport numbers, and mailing address are compromised in this recent event. Not only this, but credit cards information of a few users also got stolen. This hack attack is […]

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Marriott Hotels got hit by a massive hack attack exposing the data of more than 500 million guests. Marriott mentions that about 327 million users’ emails, passport numbers, and mailing address are compromised in this recent event.

Not only this, but credit cards information of a few users also got stolen.

This hack attack is termed as one of the largest to affect as much 500 million of its users primarily from the Starwood unit. Marriott bought Starwood in September last year.


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The Starwood Network is not only in use of Marriot but also hotels like Sheraton, St. Regis, and W Hotels and Westin.

After the Marriott hack attack, further information regarding the users whose data got hacked hasn’t been made public. Due to the attack, Marriott share value also tumbled down by more than 5%. As Marriott owns as much as 5,700 properties in 110 different countries around the world including Pakistan as well.

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Dell Customers’ Information Got Hacked https://www.thecyberforum.com/2018/12/01/dell-customers-information-got-hacked/ https://www.thecyberforum.com/2018/12/01/dell-customers-information-got-hacked/#respond Sat, 01 Dec 2018 16:00:15 +0000 https://www.thecyberforum.com/?p=2385 As they release a customer update on its website, Dell officials admit that their customers’ data including; names, email addresses, and hashed passwords, might get hacked. However, there is no such evidence whatsoever that it happened or how much data got hacked. According to the Dell officials, on November 9, they noticed some unauthorized activity […]

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As they release a customer update on its website, Dell officials admit that their customers’ data including; names, email addresses, and hashed passwords, might get hacked.

However, there is no such evidence whatsoever that it happened or how much data got hacked.

According to the Dell officials, on November 9, they noticed some unauthorized activity on their network and immediately took action against it. As they hired a digital forensics firm involved the authorities. They took precautionary measures of resetting all dell.com customer passwords.


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Though it might seem that customer data might get breached. But authorities said that the credit cards information were not compromised in the incident.

Experts recommended that if your Dell password is the same or similar to what you use on other websites, then you should change it for the sake of security measures.

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Sharing Bank Details Lead To Bank Fraud https://www.thecyberforum.com/2018/11/23/sharing-bank-details-lead-to-bank-fraud/ https://www.thecyberforum.com/2018/11/23/sharing-bank-details-lead-to-bank-fraud/#respond Fri, 23 Nov 2018 12:00:20 +0000 https://www.thecyberforum.com/?p=2317 A man from Vehari, Ahsaan Rasheed got scammed by a person calling him impersonating as an employee of local bank head office and manipulating him for sharing bank details, CNIC and personal information. But the victim finds out the very next day that he was robbed by the scammer left him empty-handed, when he by […]

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A man from Vehari, Ahsaan Rasheed got scammed by a person calling him impersonating as an employee of local bank head office and manipulating him for sharing bank details, CNIC and personal information.

But the victim finds out the very next day that he was robbed by the scammer left him empty-handed, when he by chance went to the bank to withdraw his money.

Cybercrime is very much common these days in Pakistan unlike the past couple of years. The cases some time ago where several Chinese and Pakistani citizens were held as they were involved in similar cases from Punjab and Sindh by the FIA cybercrime circle.


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Recently, a number of people fell in prey with unauthorized withdrawals from their bank accounts fooling them for sharing bank details.

The government recently framed cybercrime laws to cope up these online cybercrimes but it is challenging for the government due to the increase in cybercrime activities.

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Instagram Bug Put Forward As Facebook Security Breach https://www.thecyberforum.com/2018/11/14/instagram-bug/ https://www.thecyberforum.com/2018/11/14/instagram-bug/#respond Wed, 14 Nov 2018 04:24:47 +0000 https://www.thecyberforum.com/?p=2294 In September this year, it was reported that over 50 million Facebook accounts had been hacked and another 40 million could have been affected. Moreover, 81,000 private messages were put on sale by hackers. It appears now, that Instagram is also affected by such a security breach that leaked user’s passwords. This is basically a […]

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In September this year, it was reported that over 50 million Facebook accounts had been hacked and another 40 million could have been affected. Moreover, 81,000 private messages were put on sale by hackers.

It appears now, that Instagram is also affected by such a security breach that leaked user’s passwords. This is basically a feature on the platform that allows users to download a copy of their own data.

An Instagram spokesperson said:

This issue was exposed internally and affected a very small number of people. There is a possibility that those small number of people were using a shared computer, or may be logged into a compromised network that could have left their data open.

This Instagram bug affected people who accessed that “Download Your Data” feature. The report says that Instagram sent a notification to the affected users.

These passwords were available in the URL of users’ web browsers and were sent to the Facebook’s servers as well.

The Instagram bug has now been fixed. The feature had released in April 2018 that provides its users a platform to copy the data that they have shared.

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Bank Account Hackers: FIA Arrests Key Members of the Gang https://www.thecyberforum.com/2018/11/09/bank-account-hackers/ https://www.thecyberforum.com/2018/11/09/bank-account-hackers/#respond Fri, 09 Nov 2018 08:35:06 +0000 https://www.thecyberforum.com/?p=2249 GUJRANWALA: FIA Cyber Crime Wing arrested the key members of the bank account hackers gang involved in telephone banking fraud. This arrest considered to be a great step towards the imprisonment of bank account hackers who were targeting the innocent people on an almost daily basis by their alleged means of banking frauds done through […]

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GUJRANWALA: FIA Cyber Crime Wing arrested the key members of the bank account hackers gang involved in telephone banking fraud.

This arrest considered to be a great step towards the imprisonment of bank account hackers who were targeting the innocent people on an almost daily basis by their alleged means of banking frauds done through phone calls.

According to FIA Assistant Director, the accused Shabbir was arrested from Hafizabad on a tip of another suspect Shafiq who was arrested on September 28 this year.

The arrest of these two members from the gang of bank account hackers released the information regarding their whereabouts of their other team members. There are more arrests expected from other regions of Punjab, said by FIA officials.

About a day ago, two same cases of back account hackers surfaced in Punjab where they destitute a teacher and a local person from their life savings.

Hackers withdrew over Rs0.3.3 million from the bank accounts in Pakpattan and Bahawalnagar as per some details.


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In the latest cyber attack, a group of bank account hackers drawn off Rs0.2 million from a school teacher account in Pakpattan.

Abdul Ghafar, the victim, said his money was transferred in no time as soon as he provided his bank account details to a man impersonating as the bank official; for the investigation purpose.

He told that fraudsters destitute his five years’ savings and said that bank officials refused to compensate him. In a bank fraud withdrawn more than Rs0.12 million from a Bahawalnagar citizen’s account. The victim told that he deposited the money for his brother’s marriage.

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Steal Cryptocurrency: 700,000 Websites Are Hacked In A Bid https://www.thecyberforum.com/2018/11/07/steal-cryptocurrency/ https://www.thecyberforum.com/2018/11/07/steal-cryptocurrency/#respond Wed, 07 Nov 2018 20:26:02 +0000 https://www.thecyberforum.com/?p=2200 A breach was experienced on Nov 3 by Statcounter – a well-known web analytics platform – in which around 700,000 web pages were hacked, as their mean was to steal cryptocurrency via malicious script and exchange Gate.io to generate Bitcoin addresses, according to the researcher Matthieu Faou. Faou identifies that the hacker was clever because […]

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A breach was experienced on Nov 3 by Statcounter – a well-known web analytics platform – in which around 700,000 web pages were hacked, as their mean was to steal cryptocurrency via malicious script and exchange Gate.io to generate Bitcoin addresses, according to the researcher Matthieu Faou.

Faou identifies that the hacker was clever because of the malicious code in the middle rather than in the beginning or at the end of a legitimate file which is harder to detect by casual observation. Even though the Gate.io service claims it doesn’t use Statcounter anymore now but the hacker clearly leveraged his advantages.

It’s still unknown that how many end-users are affected but Gate.io said; after they got the notice from ESET; that there’s a suspicious behavior in Statcounter’s traffic they immediately scan the system by antivirus products along with that they also claim to remove the Statcounter’s services.

There is nothing much to fear because the malicious script would active only if URL or web pages contain myaccount/withdraw/BTC that allow the hacker to fill his pocket but Cryptocurrency focused hacks are not new as they famously occurred in the past, particularly with Adobe Flash installers.

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Retired Scientist Recovered Rs3 Million From Bank Account Withdrawn By Hackers https://www.thecyberforum.com/2018/11/06/bank-account-withdrawn-by-hackers/ https://www.thecyberforum.com/2018/11/06/bank-account-withdrawn-by-hackers/#respond Tue, 06 Nov 2018 20:21:08 +0000 https://www.thecyberforum.com/?p=2167 ISLAMABAD: Amount of Rs3million withdrawn by hackers from a retired scientist bank account has been mysteriously regained this week. FIA sent a notice to the concerned bank after which Dr. Yousuf Khilji got all his money back into his account. As the voices being circulated among different bank accounts got hacked, Dr. Yousuf discovered that […]

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ISLAMABAD: Amount of Rs3million withdrawn by hackers from a retired scientist bank account has been mysteriously regained this week.

FIA sent a notice to the concerned bank after which Dr. Yousuf Khilji got all his money back into his account. As the voices being circulated among different bank accounts got hacked, Dr. Yousuf discovered that all his life’s savings are withdrawn by hackers in a suspected fraud transaction.

The suspected transactions were carried out on Oct 25 and 26, according to some details.

Recently, various media reports revealed a major cyber attack on different Pakistani banks withdrawn billions of accounts from accounts. The State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) denied all media reports and said that there is no evidence of banks data being hacked except Bank Islami.

The SBP added:

We would like to emphasize that except for the incident of October 27, 2018, in which reportedly the IT security of one bank was compromised, no breach has been reported.

Additionally, State Bank has already instructed all banks to take all precautionary measure to protect their databases and upgrade their security systems to prevent any future cyber attacks.  The payment schemes representative had also assured that they have taken all necessary steps to help banks in identifying any cyber threat on the card system. They offered additional control to make sure everything is going in line.

Moreover, some banks are taking all major steps to make sure their systems are well-protected against any cyber threat whilst others are confident of their security systems. These banks have continued all card transactions available in hand to their customers.

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Disregarded By PayPal After A Fraudster Shut An Account https://www.thecyberforum.com/2018/11/06/disregarded-by-paypal-account/ https://www.thecyberforum.com/2018/11/06/disregarded-by-paypal-account/#respond Tue, 06 Nov 2018 17:47:10 +0000 https://www.thecyberforum.com/?p=2177 The bank said it couldn’t help to refund the money as I didn’t have a PayPal account.  Victim. An unauthorized transaction was made on the account and £220 was used to buy a Flight Gift Card. Then the fraudster closed the account. PayPal opened an appeal and stated that the money should be put back into […]

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The bank said it couldn’t help to refund the money as I didn’t have a PayPal account.  Victim.

An unauthorized transaction was made on the account and £220 was used to buy a Flight Gift Card. Then the fraudster closed the account. PayPal opened an appeal and stated that the money should be put back into the account within 48 hours.

An email was sent explaining that appeal has been denied as the victim is no longer a PayPal customer as fraudster closed the account. After three weeks, PayPal advised the victim to ask from the concerned bank to raise a dispute since she is no longer a PayPal customer.

Victim (IB, Cardiff) told that:

The Bank told me that it couldn’t help as the fraud occurred on my PayPal account, not on my debit card.

For nearly a month, PayPal declared that it had closed the complaint as the account has been terminated. Then, it claimed that they could not do anything as the bank had issued a chargeback request – which hadn’t actually – and, finally, the bank had refused the chargeback request and returned the funds to the merchant – which was again not true.

It was revealed when the Observer intervened and disclose that it had messed up. A spokesperson said:

Due to human error, the unauthorized payment on the customer’s PayPal account was not appropriately dealt with….We have apologized and issued a goodwill credit to her account for the inconvenience caused.

The stolen data has now been refunded.

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