Search This Blog

Showing posts with label Cyber News. Show all posts

Telegram has Experienced a Global Outage

 

On Thursday, March 3, the popular messenger Telegram experienced a failure. Users reported about the problems on the website of the service Downdetector, which tracks problems with access to Internet resources. 

According to Downdetector, the failure occurred at about 14 o'clock Moscow time. The majority of those who left complaints (56 percent) reported problems with the server connection. Users also noted problems with receiving messages (22 percent) and the operation of the application (23 percent). 

The failure affected residents of Russian cities, including Moscow and St. Petersburg. Users from Ukraine and Belarus also complained about the problems. 

The other day Pavel Durov published the following statement: "We do not want Telegram to be used as a tool to exacerbate conflicts and incite interethnic discord. In the event of an escalation of the situation, we will consider the possibility of partially or completely restricting the operation of Telegram channels in the countries involved during the conflict." 

According to him, recently Telegram has been increasingly used to spread fakes and unverified data related to the war, and the administration does not have the opportunity to check all publications for authenticity. However, soon Durov promised not to limit the work of the messenger in Ukraine. 

According to him, "a lot of users have asked us not to consider disabling Telegram channels for the period of the conflict, since we are the only source of information for them." But he urges users to "double-check and not take for granted the data that is published in Telegram channels during this difficult period." 

It is worth noting that in the week since the beginning of Russia's military operation in Ukraine, news channels in the Telegram messenger have added 19.5 million new subscribers. Another Russian social network, created at the time by Pavel Durov, is experiencing a new surge in popularity due to technical problems of other social networks. In VK, views in the news feed increased by 5% over the week, and the average daily number of video views increased by 15%. People are looking on platforms for up-to-date information from media that are subject to hacker attacks, and from eyewitnesses of events. 

Earlier, CySecurity News reported that three popular foreign social networks - Facebook, Instagram and Twitter began to receive complaints from residents of Russia in large numbers.

VIP72: 15-Year-Old Malware Proxy Network Goes 'Dark' Without Notice



A 15-year-old cybercrime anonymity service called VIP72, in the past, allowed a large number of cybercriminals to cover up their actual location by routing traffic via dozens of hacked computers seeded with malware – suddenly went offline for a period of two weeks and has not shown any signs of return. 

Similar to other proxy networks advertised on the darknet and other cybercrime forums, VIP72 also routed its clients' traffic via systems that have been infected by malware. Employing the malicious service, users could choose network nodes in almost any of the countries to relay their traffic as they conceal themselves behind some unsuspecting user's URL. 

Over the past few days, the darknet has been flooded with  "R.I.P" texts for the malware proxy network, VIP72 that went dark without any prior notice. Initially, the authors of VIP62 told their customers that they will be back online shortly, indicating it's a maintenance issue that's restricting their operations. “Sorry for the inconvenience but we're performing some maintenance at the moment. We'll be back online shortly!”, read a notice titled “We'll be back soon!” 

It was updated to read, “Socks client will be unavailable within next 5 (FIVE) days for planned upgrades. We will resume normal work of socks client till the end of this week. All active subscriptions will have +8 days to existed paid period.” 

“—We only work on web vip72.com and sellvip72.com/en. Do not access fraudulent websites on google search e.g: vip72.cx, .us etc...”, the notice further read in 'red' letter font. 

Originally set up in 2006, VIP72, had a long run assisting malicious actors in concealing their real location via a well-founded proxy service. Basically, the proxying service of VIP72 effectively obscured the identity and true location of malware campaigners by routing their traffic via multiple network bounces. In a nutshell, VIP72 essentially offered its customers safety from the security police. 

However, ironically enough, the U.S.-hosted proxy service itself has presumably faced something serious, perhaps, a case of policing. Other experts speculate, that VIP72 might have experienced trouble in competing against newly emerged sophisticated anonymity network services. Although the reason behind VIP72's sudden disappearance remains unclear and the website has gone offline for two weeks now, the proxy service is still accessible to some of the users, which makes sense as the compromised hosts would still be infected with the malware and will indefinitely continue to forward traffic for as long as they remain under the effect of proxy malware.

Ukraine’s PrivatBank Database for Sale on a Hacking Forum

 

PrivatBank is the biggest commercial bank in Ukraine, as far as the number of customers, assets value, loan portfolio, and taxes paid to the national budget are considered. Headquartered in Dnipro, in central Ukraine, the bank was nationalized by the government of Ukraine to ensure its 20 million clients and to preserve "financial stability in the country", on 18 December 2016. 

As per their site, PrivatBank's net profit for 2020 was 25.3 billion UAH, which is around $910 million. The database is said to contain 40 million records of customers such as full name, DOB, taxpayer identification number, place of birth, passport details, family status, etc. 

Ukraine has a population of 44 million, and the database’s 40 million records would cover 93% of the population. In any case, it isn't evident whether these are unique records, and it would be improbable that PrivatBank has records of 93% of Ukraine's population, considering ages that wouldn't have bank accounts. 

The threat actor is asking $3,400 in bitcoin for the release of the database. At the point when CyberNews took a gander at the bitcoin address provided, it gives the idea that nobody has purchased the database yet from that specific wallet. However, it is additionally conceivable that the threat actor is generating another wallet for each sale, a process that can be done automatically.

In 2016, hackers allegedly took $10 million from the bank through a loophole in the SWIFT international banking system. Before then, in 2014, the pro-Russian hacker group CyberBerkut asserted credit for hacking into the bank and mining client information, and afterward publishing the information on the Russian social media platform VKontakte. This was obvious retaliation for a PrivatBank accomplice who offered a $10,000 bounty for capturing Russian-backed militants in Ukraine. Earlier in 2014, another group named Green Dragon asserted credit for a DDoS assault on PrivatBank and guaranteed it got to client information during the assault. 

A 2018 report by a US corporate investigations company stated that “PrivatBank was subjected to a large scale and coordinated fraud over at least a ten-year period ending December 2016, which resulted in the Bank suffering a loss of at least USD 5.5 billion.”

Apple Series 4 Watches- Primary Focus on Health; A Bridge between Users and Doctors!





Last year apple made a gigantic announcement for its “Watch Fanatics”. That’s right, the Series 4 which is bulked with heart monitoring, ECG and fall detection for a richer doctor-patient relationship.

Apple’s VP of Health , Dr. Sumbul Desai voiced that the latest products are being designed in regard with the “partnership with your physician”.

As it happens, before associating with Apple, Dr. Desai was the vice-chair of strategy and innovation for the department of medicine at Stanford Medical.

According to her there is something “sacred and special” about the doctor-patient dynamic and if ways could be found to make it better they should be thought upon.

The Apple watches will make it all the easier for doctors as well as patients to focus more on counselling than collecting data and doing research.

The Apple watch would help capture the data and then give it to the physician in “a meaningful way”. This will help the sessions be more productive.


Apple, with the announcement of Series 4 and related health features is certainly looking forward to expanding its hold in the health industry.

Apple is all about, according to Dr. Desai, empowering consumers and guiding them towards a better understanding of health.

The Apple Watch is a device that will help you stay connected and aid you to be healthier and fit especially with the newly introduced activity trends in watch OS 6.

The other features of the excitingly fantastic compact device include the noise app, cycle tracking and heart features.

Per Dr. Desai, wearing the Apple watch every day will help the users lead a healthier and more conscious life as it’s a powerful way to keep on the track of health.

Evidence and science based methods are being employed to develop the aforementioned features and study how the information is surfaced individuals.

Apple conducted a heart study in collaboration with Stanford medicine which covered over 400,000 patients to contemplate whether the watch’s heart-rate sensor could detect irregular rhythms.

The heart study happened to be an example of a new data type and its relation with the clinical medicine. Also it reflected upon the creation of scientific evidence based on these new data.

Apple is known for the way it keeps the data all safe and secure always keeping in mind the importance of the users’ control over the decisions of how to share it and whom to share with.

And now it is going to be pretty prominent in the field of health because at Apple they consider it to be their responsibility.

Congested Google Servers Render Snapchat and YouTube Inaccessible!



The eastern parts of the USA were hit by a sudden congestion of the Google servers which triggered famous apps like YouTube and Snapchat to be inaccessible.


Quite immediately, Google addressed the matter citing that it was dealing with the “high levels of network congestion”.

This was highlighted to be the reason for the inoperative applications. It also affected many other services in the Google Cloud, YouTube and G Suite.

Slow performance or/and sporadic errors are other repercussions of the network congestion. Google engineers are halfway through the restoration process.


Twitter blew up with the questions and worries of the social media users as the applications ceased to work as smoothly as they do.

On the other hand, YouTube and Snapchat also took to their Twitter handles to concede the alarming issue at hand.

Computing happens to be one of the most profitable services Google has to provide but it faces serious rivalry at the hands of other technology organizations like Microsoft and Amazon.