Latest IT Security News, Updates and Alerts from the Weeks Gone by

Google Nexus Phone Series may have Trouble from SMS Flood Attacks
Reportedly, sending a large number of flash SMSs to Galaxy Nexus, Nexus 4, and Nexus 5 may cause these phones to reboot or interfere with their network connection. Bombarding any one of these phones with just 30 Flash Messages can cause unintended reboots and network problems. This vulnerability of the Nexus phones was discovered by Bogdan Alecu, a system administrator at Dutch IT services company Levi9. Read more about it here.

Brightest Flashlight Android app – Not so Bright After all
Looks like, Android’s popular app, Brightest Flashlight App, has not only been lighting users’ way but selling their information to advertisers, without their consent, as well. The US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has accused the maker, Goldenshores Technologies of deceiving consumers with this app. Apparently the app has been collecting user location and device ID and selling the data to advertisers; without the user’s consent. Fortunately, Goldenshores Technologies has agreed to erase all user information collected so far, and to fully disclose their policy of sharing user data with advertisers. The moral of the story here is – beware of such apps that do more than what they are supposed to. More on this news here.

Neverquest is the new banking Trojan on the Loose – Beware!
A new banking Trojan is out on the streets; it goes by the name ‘Neverquest.’ It is a Trojan that steals login credentials from users when they login to their online banking sites. The Trojan is spreading via social media, email attachments, and file transfer protocols. Reportedly, the Trojan has already affected several victims across the world. It seems, hackers are targeting major banking systems in Germany, Italy, Turkey and India. Also, the Trojan seems to affect users of Internet Explorer and Mozilla.

Once Neverquest infects a machine, it gets activated when the victim visits any one site from the list of targeted banking websites. The Trojan can also detect certain banking keywords like balance, account summary, etc., and sends the information to the hackers. It is said that Neverquest attacks are going to rise in future. We would advise users to keep their browsers, OS, and software up-to-date and patched. Equally important is to run regular scan on their computers, and keeping their antivirus software updated. [source:]

Using ATM Pin for Debit Card Transaction is now mandatory
You must have received repeated reminders from you bank regarding the new payment system that has been implemented from 1st Dec, 2013. According to the new system, to use your debit card at retail outlets, you must use your existing ATM PIN. The RBI has implemented this system to increase security and reduce the increasing number of frauds. But there are a few measures that you must considering taking, while you get use to this system. Read this post to know what these measures are.

Rajiv Singha

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