KW 34: Data theft and fake news worry decision-makers, T-Mobile confirms it was hacked, Popular WhatsApp extension spreads Trojan to cell phones


Data theft and fake news worry decision-makers: There is great fear among business managers and members of parliament of opinions being manipulated by fake news and data fraud. This is confirmed by a study shortly before Germany’s parliamentary elections. The Cyber Security Report 2021, published by the opinion research institute Allensbach and the auditing firm Deloitte, shows that concern about fake news has risen to a new record high among members of parliament and managers. In addition to hacker attacks and data theft, German decision-makers see opinion manipulation through fake news as the greatest danger on the internet. 77 percent of MPs and executives see private-sector data fraud as the highest cyber risk to people in this country. Two years ago, the figure was 70 percent. Concerns about fake news also rose to a new record high, with 75 percent of respondents seeing a risk of public opinion being manipulated by fake news.

T-Mobile confirms it was hacked: T-Mobile confirmed hackers gained access to the telecom giant’s systems in an announcement published Monday. The move comes after Motherboard reported that T-Mobile was investigating a post on an underground forum offering for sale Social Security Numbers and other private data. The forum post at the time didn’t name T-Mobile, but the seller told Motherboard the data came from T-Mobile servers. Motherboard has seen samples of the data, and confirmed they contained accurate information on T-Mobile customers. The data includes social security numbers, phone numbers, names, physical addresses, unique IMEI numbers, and driver license information, the seller said. The hacker says they are privately selling much of the data, but can supply 30 million social security numbers and driver license details for 6 bitcoin ($270,000). This data would be a prime target for identify theft.,

Popular WhatsApp extension spreads Trojan to cell phones: A malicious version of the FMWhatsappWhatsApp mod delivers a Triadatrojan payload, a nasty surprise that infects their devices with additional malware, including the very hard-to-remove xHelper trojan. FMWhatsApp promises to improve the WhatsApp user experience with added features such as better privacy, custom chat themes, access to other social networks‘ emoji packs, and app locking using a PIN, password, or the touch ID. However, as Kaspersky researchers found, the FMWhatsapp 16.80.0 version will also drop the Triada trojan on users‘ devices with the help of an advertising SDK.

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MacOS – AdLoad malware bypasses native security measures: A new wave of attacks involving a notorious macOS adware family has evolved to leverage around 150 unique samples in the wild in 2021 alone, some of which have slipped past Apple’s on-device malware scanner and even signed by its own notarization service, highlighting the malicious software ongoing attempts to adapt and evade detection. „AdLoad,“ as the malware is known, is one of several widespread adware and bundleware loaders targeting macOS since at least 2017.

IT leaders: Nation state campaigns are inspiring cybercrime attacks: Nearly three-quarters (72%) of IT leaders are concerned that tools and techniques used by nation-states will eventually end up in the hands of cyber-criminals and be used to attack their organization, according to HP. The findings come from a poll of 1100 IT decision-makers in the UK, the US, Canada, Mexico, Germany, Australia and Japan. Ian Pratt, global head of security, personal systems at HP, argued that such concerns are well-founded. He cited recent events such as the Kaseya attack on MSPs which appear to be partly inspired by the Kremlin’s SolarWinds campaign.

Australian police makes record crypto seizure with dark web drug bust: Australia’s Victoria Police have collected close to AUD 8.5m (USD 6m) worth of cryptocurrency in its recent clampdown on dark web drug trafficking. The bust, which targeted a number of properties in the country’s south-eastern state of Victoria, is said to be Australia’s biggest crypto seizure to date. During the raids, Australian law enforcement arrested a 31-year-old Kinglake woman and a 30-year-old Preston man, Victoria Police said in a statement. The Kinglake resident was charged with cannabis possession and they were both released. In addition to this, a 33-year-old Preston man was arrested and cautioned for cannabis possession.

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77 percent of MPs and executives see data fraud as the highest cyber risk for people in Germany.


Hackers leak footage of Iranian prison: A hacking group has leaked what it claims is surveillance footage shot inside an Iranian prison where political prisoners are typically incarcerated. Silent videos capturing the dire conditions of life inside Tehran’s Evin Prison were shared with the media on Sunday by hacktivist group Tapandegan (Palpitations). Iran International reports that the Tapandegan received the images from a hacking group calling itself Edalat-e Ali (Ali’s Justice). The footage shows guards beating a prisoner and guards and prisoners fighting among themselves. Images in which guards are shown wearing facemasks are believed to date from the COVID-19 pandemic. Much of the videos bear a timestamp from this year or 2020.

Detecting COVID-19 with AI and imaging tech: Using artificial intelligence technology, Terasaki Institute for Biomedical Innovation (TIBI) researchers developed and validated an image-based detection model for COVID-19. The model analyzes lung images and can detect COVID-19 infection. Medical imaging has become an important tool in the diagnosis and prognostic assessments of diseases. In recent years, artificial intelligence models have been implemented with imaging technology to improve diagnostic capabilities. In comporting AI into imaging technology, models can reveal disease characteristics that are not visible to the naked eye.


„We want the world to hear our voice for the freedom of all political prisoners.“
said a hacker group that hacked the video surveillance system at Iran’s Evin Prison.


Singapore names orchid after US Vice President Kamala Harris: US Vice President Kamala Harris on Monday received a spray of orchids named in her honor as she visited Singapore and held talks with the country’s top leadership on ways to boost the strategic relations between the two countries. The orchid, named Papilionanda Kamala Harris, was presented to Harris at the Istana, the office of the President of Singapore, in what city state has termed „orchid diplomacy.“ Harris joins a long line of visiting heads of state and distinguished guests who have had orchids named after them, including Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, US President Joe Biden and his wife Jill.

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