Yahoo hit a new rock bottom when 200 millions of Yahoo IDs were hacked in recent past. Data was stolen from MySpace LinkedIn and Adobe. Trusted names right? We all have trust issues in our real life, but what about the virtual world we live in? Is our data in safe hands? Let us dig in further and look for answers.
All of us are familiar with Gmail; Google’s mailing service, which keeps many people connected through its prompt and congenital user interface. Recent days have revealed murky secrets about the dark side of the internet. 10 million Gmail accounts are on sale. Ranging from 200$ -450$ these accounts are easily available and provided with encrypted password keys which make them almost untraceable.
The most recent phishing attack hit Google in January 2017, the attack is known as “Gooligan”, is spreading to an additional 13,000 devices a day. It’s malware that infects devices and steals their authentication bit streams to breach data from Google Play, Gmail, Blogger, Google Docs, Google Drive and other such programs. “Gooligan”is said to attack Android phones having android 4 or 5+.If you possess Android version 6 then don’t worry you are safe. Gooligan belongs to a family of malware called Ghost Push. It features a Trojan horse type of attack, in which the malicious software poses as legitimate apps for Android smartphones and tablets. Basically, this malware appears as high utility software like Smart Clock or CleanSweeper, it then installs and rates other apps through Google play.Push Ads and notifications are one common source of earning for such hackers.
Another infamous incident occurred back in 2016 when a cleverly crafted phishing attack put about 14 million Gmail accounts in jeopardy. In was sophisticated phishing technique, the hacker sent the user a genuine looking PDF this file the launched a new image which is a cloned Gmail sign in. Gullible users put in their credentials and bid their privacy at stake. Unfortunately, the attacker disguised google login page is so convincing that many users fall prey to it.
So if your device has been acting weird lately get it checked, who knows it might the next big cyber-attack.
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Last modified: March 30, 2018