Week 24 Cyberattack Digest 2019 – Twitter, Instagram, Radiohead and others
We have a new portion of the latest cybersecurity news for you in our new cyberattack digest 2019 week 24. Enjoy!
Thousands of malicious accounts are taken down by Twitter
by SC Media – 17 June, 2019
Four Russian accounts linked to the Internet Research Agency (IRA) troll farm, 130 Spanish accounts linked to the Catalan independence movement and 33 Venezuelan accounts linked to IRA were taken down by Twitter.
“By making this data open and accessible, we seek to empower researchers, journalists, governments, and members of the public to deepen their understanding of critical issues impacting the integrity of public conversation online, particularly around elections,” Twitter officials commented. Chris Olson, CEO of The Media Trust, said that the state-sponsored Twitter accounts are a clear evidence of the fact that adversaries are executing campaigns to misinform the public trying to disrupt democratic processes.
“Censorship is not the solution to this growing problem. In fact, by focusing on the message instead of the mechanisms used to spread the message, we are losing sight of how we can effectively stop these campaigns. In the digital world, this means focusing on the third-party code that facilitates the spread of false or fraudulent content geared toward influencing our votes,” said Olson.
It will be easier for hacked users to regain access to their Instagram accounts
by The Verge – 17 June, 2019
Instagram officials revealed that the social network is testing new features that might make it easier for users to regain access to the hacked accounts
Attackers usually trick Instagram users into clicking phishing links and after that, the victims enter their login credentials. This is how the attackers gain access to the account. After that, the hacker will be able to change the email address and phone number associated with the accounts and this is what usually makes it extremely difficult to regain access after a hack. Instagram introduces a test asking users to enter the email address or phone number linked to their account, or the ones they used when they initially signed up. Then the users will receive a six-digit code then will help them to regain access.
If a hacker finally gets control over their email and phone number, according to the Instagram spokesperson, “When you re-gain access to your account, we will take additional measures to ensure a hacker cannot use codes sent to your email address [or] phone number to access your account from a different device.”
Radiohead unreleased records are sold after being stolen by a hacker
by SC Media – 11 June, 2019
The Radiohead rock band from England has finally started to sell some of its unreleased records. Earlier the recorded materials have been stolen by a hacker who has threatened to use them in an extortion scheme
The Radiohead guitarist and keyboardist Jonny Greenwood said in a Tweet that a week ago the malefactor stole a minidisk archive kept by lead the vocalist Thom Yorke. The minidisk contained recordings from the period of the band’s 1997 studio album, OK Computer. The hacker threatened to publish the materials if the badactor did not receive $150,000. “So instead of complaining – much – or ignoring it, we’re releasing all 18 hours…” Greenwood said in the post. The post was then retweeted by the official Radiohead Twitter account.
“Never intended for public consumption (though some clips did reach the cassette in the OK Computer reissue) it’s only tangentially interesting,” Greenwood also added. “And very, very long. Not a phone download. Rainy out, isn’t it though?”