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Hackers deface the website of the Ministry of Justice of Uzbekistan

On November 20, websites of some organizations including government websites were affected by a cyber attack.

A hacker from Bangladesh goes by an online handle "Skidie KhaN", a member of the hacking group called " Cyber Command0s(#Team_CC)" modified the main page of the websites of the Ministry of Justice. According to the local report, the defacement message said that the website was hacked by the hacker "Skidie KhaN".

In addition,the websites of the Ministry of Internal Affairs, the Ministry of Defense, Attorney General's office and the Ministry of the Economy were also under the cyber attack.

The Information Security Center of Uzbekistan declined to comment on the situation.

The consequences of cyber attacks on the websites of several government agencies of Uzbekistan is said to be eliminated. The government is currently working on finding the causes and method to thwart future cyber attacks.

In September, the attacker hacked into many Government websites of Myanmar.

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Russia, India and other Asian countries targeted by Chinese Hackers

According to the Kaspersky Lab's third quarter report, 10 out of the 24 targeted cyber attacks were organized by groups of Chinese speaking hackers.

Experts at Kaspersky said one of the main targets of these cyber criminals was Russian Federation.  They also have targeted other Asian countries which includes India, Mongolia.

In July, Kaspersky detected a cyber espionage campaign(referred as "IronHusky") targeting Russian and Mongolian government, aviation companies, and research institutes.  The incident happened shortly after both countries conducted talks on cooperation in several projects relating to the Air Defense of Mongolia.

Another cyber attack was discovered targeting the Russia and India.  This attack happened after India and Russia signed a much awaited agreement to expand a nuclear power plant in India, as well as further define the defense cooperation between the two countries.  Energy sectors of both countries were targeted with a malicious program named as "H2ODecomposition". 

The experts said that in some case, this malicious software was masquerading as a popular Indian anti-virus solution "QuickHeal".

Kaspersky also noted that Netsarang and CCleaner tools were also targeted by these Chinese-speaking hackers.  The attackers infected the installation packages with a malicious code and hosted on Netsarang distribution site.  Introduction of malicious code into the legitimate software would allow attackers to penetrate the networks of many organizations.

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Cyber Terrorists ‘Could Kill Millions’ by Hacking Cars, Experts Warn

Modern cars could be used as a deadly weapon against citizens by terrorist hackers working for enemy states, experts have warned.

A computer scientist at New York University, Justin Cappos has said that it is possible to hack the computer system of any car built since 2005.

Some vehicles 17 years old are vulnerable to cyber attacks unless the car makers remove the vulnerability.

He said: “If there was a war or escalation with a country with strong cyber-capability, I would be very afraid of hacking of vehicles.

“Many of our enemies are nuclear powers but any nation with the ability to launch a cyber-strike could kill millions of civilians by hacking cars. It’s daunting.

“Once in, hackers can send messages to the brakes and shut off the power steering and lock people in the car and do other things that you wouldn’t want to happen.”

Dr. Cappos says this vulnerability should be treated as an 'urgent' national security issue, writes The Times.

Currently, there are nine million WiFi-connected cars on UK roads alone and all these cars are connected to more than 100 electronic control systems.

The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders said new car manufacturers have to take responsibility for the security of the products and its customers.

“Manufacturers must be accountable. A lot only want to do the minimum — security can be expensive and too many see it only as a tickbox exercise”, he warned.

Aadhaar details Published over 200 Government Websites

The Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) on Sunday has divulged that more than 200 central and state government websites have published the names and addresses of some Aadhaar beneficiaries.

The official said, “However, it was found that approximately 210 websites of the central government, state government departments including educational institutes were displaying the list of beneficiaries along with their name, address, other details and Aadhaar numbers for information of general public”.

In response to an RTI query, the Aadhar issuing body confirmed the breach but didn't disclose when it took place. However, the official said that the data of all victims from those websites after the breach was noticed.

The UIDAI further stated, “UIDAI has a well-designed, multi-layer approach robust security system in place and the same is being constantly upgraded to maintain the highest level of data security and integrity.”

"Various policies and procedures have been defined, these are reviewed and updated continually thereby appropriately controlling and monitoring any movement of people, material, and data in and out of UIDAI premises, particularly the data centers," the UIDAI said.

According to the Aadhar authority, they regularly conduct security audits to strengthen security and privacy of data.  Besides this, they ensure all possible steps are taken to make the data safer and protected.