Hackers Can Manipulate Media Files Transferred via WhatsApp, Telegram

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Hackers can manipulate media files transferred by users through the WhatsApp and Telegram messaging applications due to the way the Android operating system allows apps to access files in external storage. To minimize cyber risks it is essential that every user understand that they are both an asset and a potential security liability.

The attack works against WhatsApp in its default configuration and against Telegram if the user has enabled the “Save to gallery” option. Android Q will introduce a privacy feature called Scoped Storage, which changes how applications can access files on the device’s external storage.

New ransomware Sodinokibi

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It assigns a random extension to each victim file typical of every ransomware. It is using a new delivery technique —distributed by malvertising that also directs victims to the RIG exploit kit. They are also using Spam or phishing emails.

Use Max Total Security to do a scheduled back up of your data regularly to ensure that data can be retrieved even after a successful ransomware attack. Be careful while opening mail attachments or mails you do not recognise.

Max Total Security pro actively looks for signs of Ransomware and stop as soon as they start. Also, offers free Backup utility included in the product for safe recovery. It also offers Folder Secure vault where you can keep your confidential data untouched by any malware including Ransomware.

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Florida City hit by Ransomware attack

The leaders of Riviera Beach, Fla., looking weary, met quietly this week for an extraordinary vote to pay nearly $600,000 in ransom to hackers who paralyzed the city’s computer systems.

Riviera Beach, a small city of about 35,000 people just north of West Palm Beach, became the latest government to be crippled by ransomware attacks that have successfully extorted municipalities and forced them to dig into public coffers to restore their networks. A similar breach recently cost Baltimore $18 million to repair damages.

On Monday, the City Council unanimously agreed to have its insurance carrier pay the hackers 65 Bitcoin, a hard-to-trace digital currency, amounting to about $592,000. By making the payment, the City Council hopes to regain access to data encrypted in the cyberattack three weeks ago, though there is no guarantee the hackers will release the data once payment is received.

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(courtesy The New York Times https://www.nytimes.com/2019/06/19/us/florida-riviera-beach-hacking-ransom.html)