ClickSSL Weekly InfoSec Snipper April 25, 2016

This entry is part 20 of 73 in the series Weekly Infosec Snipper

Opera announced Free VPN service for Browser

Opera has taken an initiative to launch built-in browser based VPN service for every user. A VPN service will be available at free of cost and equipped with 256-bit encryption. Such VPN service will protect against unsafe browsing and leaking data over public Wi-Fi network. Opera has released a desktop version, which users have to install and browse “Privacy and Security” feature where a user has to click on “Enable VPN” feature.

Viber implemented End-to-End Encryption

From now, Viber has added end-to-end encryption for video, text message, voice services. Besides, Viber will provide PIN protected chat feature to hide user communications as well as to verify contacts. Users have to update the app version and users will see a padlock means the communication is safe. After WhatsApp, Telegram, now Viber is going to offer end-to-end encryption.

New Artificial Intelligence System can Predict 85% of Cyber attacks

Security researchers at MIT have developed an Artificial intelligence system that can detect, predict and avert 85% of cyber-attacks. These researchers have been working at MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) on “PatternEx” system to add a line of defense against cyber threats. The new system will work with artificial intelligence and human input, which they called Analyst intuition (AI). Hence, the system will detect the threat with machine-learning technique and present it for human evaluation later on.

Google updated its Chrome Apps Data Policy

Google has updated its Chrome Web Store data policy, revealed about handling all collected data by chrome and app developers. Additionally, the web browsing activity will be prohibited from collecting unnecessary data and use encryption service while exchange of sensitive data. From this summer, Google is planning to compel developers to use the data in a way that satisfy user’s expectation. By doing so, Google is making its chrome store transparent and safer. Google has given three months period to implement this new data policy.

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Healthcare Industry was Prime target for Cyber-attacks in 2015

2016 Cyber Security Intelligence Index report by IBM researchers revealed that Healthcare industry remained a prime target for hackers where more than 100 million records were compromised. Researchers have collected data over 8000 devices across 100 countries. In last six months of 2015 year, five major healthcare breaches were occurred. Healthcare records are authenticate and gives details about credit card, social security numbers, employment information, and other medical historical data to the hackers. Besides healthcare, other industries like manufacturing, financial services, government, transportation were also victim of cyber-attack.

Australian Government announced Cyber Security Strategy

The Australian government has announced Australian cyber security strategy for defense against cyber-attacks. The strategy includes defensive side for public and private industries. It also supports up to 500 security tests spared for medium businesses and information sharing tasks. The Government will also spend $230 million for the establishment of joint Cyber Threat Centers. Moreover, the government will roughly spend $30 million for Cyber Security Growth Centre for the coordination between private companies and national Cyber security innovation network.

Around 93.4M Mexican Voter Records were found Online

A security expert working at Databreaches.net revealed MongoDB database of 132GB size, the database was available open and contained 93.4 million Mexican voter records. The data archive was on Amazon’s AWS and discovered after at least eight years. The database was not secured with any password or authentication system. A researcher also reported to the US department of secret service and the Mexican Embassy about revelation of database. After reporting, the database was taken offline on April 22, 2016.

Google Announced a Notification & Remediation System for Hijacked Websites

Google has announced a notification and remediation system for hijacked websites that were involved in spreading malware. Google’s Safe Browsing and Search Quality feature has conducted research jointly with University of California, Berkeley and analyzed around 760,935 hijacking incidents occurred from July 2014 to June 2015. Google also included remediation tips in email that was sent to company’s owner email. Despite this effort, around 12% of websites were again infected in less than 30 days after being announced with clean status.

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