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Ukrainian Hacker detained for remotely spying on Politicians



A 23 year old Ukrainian Hacker from Kharkiv City detained by the National Police of Ukraine for hacking into personal computers of Ukrainian Citizens and other states.

According to the local press report, the hacker used a malicious software(probably RAT - Remote Access Trojan) to control the victim's computers for almost two years.  It is said he also observed the activities of victims using web camera. The hacker is said to invaded personal life of about 100 people.

A Search and Seizure warrant was executed at the hacker's home, leading to the video recordings of victims and malicious software used in the Cyber espionage.

The motive of the espionage is not clear.  One of the theory says that he received order from some one to target people and got money.  The theory might be true as some of the victims were also members of Ukrainian political parties.

If convicted, the hacker will face up to six years imprisonment.

- Christina

Home Minister Rajnath Singh checks cyber security measures

In view of increasing cyber attacks on government agencies specially on financial institutions, home minister Rajnath Singh asked agencies on Tuesday to keep check on cyber menace and strengthen surveillance and legal structure for to fight against cyber crimes.

On Tuesday a high level meeting was organised for discussion on strategies to be adopted for checking financial cybercrimes. The meeting was  attended by representatives of various government agencies and the Home minister.


The meeting highlighted the steps to be taken to curb increasing trend of cyber crime in the financial sector. it was concluded that both technological and legal steps are needed to fight cyber attacks.

“It has been decided to expedite the implementation of cyber crime prevention initiatives in these agencies towards this end, along with measures required to acquire critical cyber forensics equipment,” the government official said. He further added that the committee aldo decided to form inter-ministerial committee to identify monitoring of action plans and implementation against hacking attempts.

According to a report, in the three years 1,44,496 cyber attacks were observed .

As per information reported by Indian Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT-In), 44,679 cyber attacks were recorded in 2014, 49,455 attacks were observed in 2015 and  50,362 attacks were observed in 2016. The types of cyber attacks included were denial of service attack, phishing, website intrusions defacements, virus attacks or probing/scanning  

Invisible network is a major security threat

Hackers today are not only limited to causing financial loss but also a major setback to life.

Sophisticated medical devices and life-supporting systems are all connected through invisible networks, which is exploited could be fatal. These are nightmare situations and worse is that many organisations haven't a clue how many unsecured devices are connected to their networks, cyber-security experts warn.

It was an ordinary day at a busy hospital - doctors, nurses and surgeons rushed about attending to the health of their patients.

For Hussein Syed, chief information security officer for the largest health provider in New Jersey, it was the health of his IT network that was keeping him busy.

RWJ Barnabas Health's 13 hospitals include 30,000 computers, 300 apps, a data centre, as well as all the mobile phones hooking up to the hospitals' wi-fi networks.

But when he called in a specialist cyber-security firm to carry out a full audit, he discovered that there were in fact 70,000 internet-enabled devices accessing the health firm's network - far more than he'd expected.

"We found a lot of things we were not aware of," Mr Syed tells the BBC, "systems that weren't registered with IT and which didn't meet our security standards."

These included security cameras and seemingly innocuous gadgets such as uninterruptible power supplies (UPS) - units that provide backup battery power in the event of a power cut.

Hack into a UPS and you could potentially switch off life-critical machines, he explains. Or hackers could steal patient data, encrypt it, then demand a ransom for its safe return.

On the black market "health data is worth 50 times more than credit card data", says Mr Syed.

With the proliferation of IoT [internet of things] devices, the attack surface for hackers has increased massively. The difficulty is that IoT devices are generally simple, cheap and low-powered, without the capability of running the antivirus programs operated by traditional computers.

This necessitates a different approach to security, a growing number of experts believe.

Fake Ministry of Health of Latvia website sells diet pills

Recently the management Ministry of Health of Latvia was very surprised when the office started to receive many calls from citizens with question where they can buy "Mangosteen" diet pill to lose their weight.

The officials saw the fake website after receiving call. The website contained advertisements for the so-called natural diet pills.  In the top of the page,  there was logo of Ministry of Health of Latvia with text "Ministry of Health of the Republic of Latvia" written in Russian.

It is reported that the CERT will not able to remove the fake website as it is hosted in foreign region, saying  it does not reach the level of "diplomatic warfare".

It is said that domain of fake web site is located in Russia, the site is registered to an individual, and its web hosting is located in Ukraine.   Ministry advises citizens to not buy products advertise in that website.

- Christina