ClickSSL Weekly InfoSec Snipper September 12, 2016

This entry is part 40 of 73 in the series Weekly Infosec Snipper

Data of severs belonging to PCIA (Project on Crowdsourced Imagery Analysis) have suffered from DDoS attack. The attack was severe that compelled PCIA to take down its “geoserver”, this server handles satellite imagery database. PCIA did not point out at any country but the attack happened just before North Korea’s nuclear test. However, the website of PCIA is working but the satellite imagery is not loading. These images were taken from Russia’s Novaya Zemlya nuclear test site.

Chrome-56 will show HTTP pages as Not Secure

Google has brought change in non-secure page warning (HTTP). From January 2017, Google Chrome will show HTTP pages as not secure that ask for login credentials and credit card details. A new version of Chrome 56 will have this new warning with a neutral indicator in the address bar of incognito mode. In future, it will show the red indicator for HTTPS broken website.

Symantec’s Intelligence report shows increase in Malware Variant

Symantec has released its Intelligence report for August 2016 that shows the highest rise in malware variant reached to a 45.5 million figure. The reason behind it is increasing click fraud activity thanks to Trojan.Kotver threat. Even the phishing detection is decreased minor, down to one in 3317 emails, which shows a lowest phishing email ratio since February 2016. Public administration sector saw highest phishing emails while organizations with staff capacity up to 250 employees had highest phishing rate.

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Hackers managed to steal 33 million data from QIP.ru

Hackers have stolen 33M passwords from QIP.ru– a messaging service of Russia. The company got dumped data from a hacker who has already provided data of Last.fm and Rambler.ru breaches. The dump data included QIP usernames, email addresses, passwords, registration date, telephone number and other QIP service details. All passwords were stored in plain text without any hash or salt.

Google made simplified warning for malicious sites

Google has brought big change in safe browsing alerts but this time the amendment is for web master. Google has simplified error message displayed for malicious sites, especially for web masters. Web masters whose sites were in blacklist earlier and restated in Google search engine as whitelisted sites will now have detailed information about their blacklisted and malicious content. Web masters can show in the dashboard of Google Search Console about the reason of blacklisting of their websites.

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