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The Cyber Forum https://www.thecyberforum.com Fri, 28 Dec 2018 05:12:30 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.3.2 https://www.thecyberforum.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/07/cropped-justice-147214_960_720-32x32.png 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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Fir Filed Against Twitter CEO After Uploading A Picture https://www.thecyberforum.com/2018/12/02/fir-twitter-ceo/ https://www.thecyberforum.com/2018/12/02/fir-twitter-ceo/#respond Sun, 02 Dec 2018 16:00:19 +0000 https://www.thecyberforum.com/?p=2396 On December 1, an FIR got filed up against the Twitter CEO on the order of a Rajasthan Court, India for hurting Brahmin community by uploading a picture in which he was holding an anti-Brahmin message. The court issued directions to the police against Twitter CEO after hearing a petition by the vice president of […]

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On December 1, an FIR got filed up against the Twitter CEO on the order of a Rajasthan Court, India for hurting Brahmin community by uploading a picture in which he was holding an anti-Brahmin message.

The court issued directions to the police against Twitter CEO after hearing a petition by the vice president of the youth wing of Vipra Foundation, Rajkumar Sharma.

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The petition states that it was not only anti-Brahmin but it also contained coarse language, which was humiliating and hurting for the community.

Petition contain Sections 295 A, 500, 120 B, and other appropriate sections of the Indian Penal Code (IPC).


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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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SamSam Ransomware: A Cyberattack Launched by 2 Iranians in the US https://www.thecyberforum.com/2018/12/01/samsam-ransomware/ https://www.thecyberforum.com/2018/12/01/samsam-ransomware/#respond Sat, 01 Dec 2018 12:00:13 +0000 https://www.thecyberforum.com/?p=2380 SamSam ransomware is one of the highest profile cyber-attacks on the US soil and one of its unique kind in the 21st century. It is launched by 2 Iranians, Faramarz Shahi Savandi (34) and Mohammad Mehdi Shah Mansouri (27), and 2 more Ali Khorashadizadeh and Mohammad Ghorbaniyan as they are sanctioned by the US for […]

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SamSam ransomware is one of the highest profile cyber-attacks on the US soil and one of its unique kind in the 21st century.

It is launched by 2 Iranians, Faramarz Shahi Savandi (34) and Mohammad Mehdi Shah Mansouri (27), and 2 more Ali Khorashadizadeh and Mohammad Ghorbaniyan as they are sanctioned by the US for their involvement in helping them exchanging the ransom payments from Bitcoin digital currency into Rials.

SamSam ransomware was a 34-month long hacking scheme in which hospitals, schools, companies, and government agencies, including the cities of Atlanta, Georgia, New York, and New Jersey got hacked by them.


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It caused $30 million in losses to victims and getting their hands on over $6 million in the ransom payments.

Six courts indicted charges on them. One count charged in the conspiracy to commit wire fraud, another for fraud related to computers, and other courts accusing them of intentionally damaging protected computers and illegally transmitting demands related to protected computers.

Though it would be difficult to hold them accountable in a federal court because the United States does not have an extradition treaty with Iran.

Experts believe that because of this issue actions are unlikely to have an impact.

It’s not a new thing because lower scale not this type of cyber-attack also occurs in 2016 that forced Hollywood Presbyterian Hospital in Los Angeles to turn away patients.

One last year happened that caused shutting down Atlanta courts and much of its city government.

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Uncontrolled Scammers: BBC Reporter Got Scammed https://www.thecyberforum.com/2018/11/30/uncontrolled-scammers-bbc-reporter-got-scammed/ https://www.thecyberforum.com/2018/11/30/uncontrolled-scammers-bbc-reporter-got-scammed/#respond Fri, 30 Nov 2018 16:00:40 +0000 https://www.thecyberforum.com/?p=2374 It’s not new for media personals to get scammed but now a day’s scammers are uncontrolled as thousands of people all over the world have been receiving sextortion emails from scammers. A case similar to it also happened to BBC Trending reporter, Jo Whalley received one of those emails. Despite getting worried about her browsing […]

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It’s not new for media personals to get scammed but now a day’s scammers are uncontrolled as thousands of people all over the world have been receiving sextortion emails from scammers.

A case similar to it also happened to BBC Trending reporter, Jo Whalley received one of those emails. Despite getting worried about her browsing history, she got alarmed when she found out that the scammers had one of her current passwords. But she didn’t afraid, rather tries to find out how cyber-criminals have got hold of people’s personal information not only this but also how they were able to get her current password and how one can protect her/himself from hackers.

To get her answers she reached out to Joseph Cox, writer and motherboard expert like others. He is also researching these new trending alarming situations. He clarified that the hacker cannot break into someone’s webcams and get their footages of using some websites like the one they usually narrate in their emails and messages as they scammed people.


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He also told that as the hackers are constantly breaking into different websites and do trading with different other hackers of the password, they breach, then some people buy them or sell them, in the end, it than tricked down to lower level cybercriminal’s where they usually got one’s passwords that one might be using.

To avoid these hackers scammed, one first need to change the password after it got breached and use the password manager to remember all of the new passwords, as it’s a software that stores encrypted passwords to all of your accounts and can only be accessed with the master passcode.

One can also check whether his/her information is breached or not by visiting website known as “Have I Been Pwned” by only putting the email address into it.

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Fake News Spreading Cases in Bangladesh https://www.thecyberforum.com/2018/11/30/fake-news-spreading-cases/ https://www.thecyberforum.com/2018/11/30/fake-news-spreading-cases/#respond Fri, 30 Nov 2018 12:00:54 +0000 https://www.thecyberforum.com/?p=2370 Fake news spreading cases are hot topics as the Bangladesh elections are on its way. Two people, Kamal Hossain (23) and Muhammad Alamin (30) got arrested by the RAB (Rapid Action Battalion) for fake news spreading cases on fake websites from the two different cites, Mohammadpur and Tongi respectively of Bangladesh. These arrests are in […]

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Fake news spreading cases are hot topics as the Bangladesh elections are on its way.

Two people, Kamal Hossain (23) and Muhammad Alamin (30) got arrested by the RAB (Rapid Action Battalion) for fake news spreading cases on fake websites from the two different cites, Mohammadpur and Tongi respectively of Bangladesh.

These arrests are in the series of the crackdown by the government of Bangladesh against the fake news spreading cases on social media as they are leaping high these days due to the election terms are ahead.


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They use the same URL’s and logos of the famous news agencies in the country like; Prothom Alo, Bangla Tribune, BBC Bangla, and other news providers and spread them on Facebook. As they add an extra letter or symbol to the original name of the website along with a similar logo and URL to spread the false news.

In contrary with it, RAB has arrested another man, Enamul Haque, as he was running about a total of 22 different websites for spreading false propaganda, studying abroad in one of the South Korean university as a Ph.D. student.

Along with it, RAB claimed that he was donating a huge sum of money to the Chhatra Shibir, the student wing of Jamaat-e-Islami because of his involvement in the Islamist party.

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UK & Dutch Fined Uber More Than About A Million $ For Violating Data Protection Laws https://www.thecyberforum.com/2018/11/29/violating-data-protection-laws/ https://www.thecyberforum.com/2018/11/29/violating-data-protection-laws/#respond Thu, 29 Nov 2018 16:00:59 +0000 https://www.thecyberforum.com/?p=2358 During the 2016 cyber-attack on the famous private transportation American company UBER, violated data protection laws as the company didn’t t act after it got hacked. This resulted in 174,000 users along with the driver’s personal information being hacked. Dutch officials also accused that the company didn’t even denounce the security flaw within the next 72 hours […]

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During the 2016 cyber-attack on the famous private transportation American company UBER, violated data protection laws as the company didn’t t act after it got hacked.

This resulted in 174,000 users along with the driver’s personal information being hacked.

Dutch officials also accused that the company didn’t even denounce the security flaw within the next 72 hours as required by the data protection laws. The case was called by the UK & Dutch authorities against the company where the company accepted its faults and accusations.


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Uber was fined with the sum of about $1.2 Million. Afterward, the company improved its data protection & security system.

As UBER officials said

They had learned from their mistakes from the past and hopefully, our customers will not see such cases in the near future.

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Online Digital Advertisement: 8 Got Charged in Fraudulent Case By US https://www.thecyberforum.com/2018/11/29/online-digital-advertisement-fraudulant-case/ https://www.thecyberforum.com/2018/11/29/online-digital-advertisement-fraudulant-case/#respond Thu, 29 Nov 2018 12:00:10 +0000 https://www.thecyberforum.com/?p=2362 8 people got caught, said by the U.S. Justice Department as they are accused of having links with two international cybercriminal rings in the fake online digital advertisement case. For the unraveling of these digital schemes, the U.S. and other international law enforcement agencies got helped by Google and Microsoft. Read more >> Etihad Group of […]

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8 people got caught, said by the U.S. Justice Department as they are accused of having links with two international cybercriminal rings in the fake online digital advertisement case.

For the unraveling of these digital schemes, the U.S. and other international law enforcement agencies got helped by Google and Microsoft.


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On fake web pages, they programmed computers to load advertisements and fraudulently obtain digital scheme advertising revenue as they cost tens of millions of dollars to the advertisers by scheming it out.

Three of them got arrested overseas they are now waiting as extradition is going to be done because most of the defendants are from Eastern Europe.

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