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Japanese’s Honda plants had to shutdown its production after getting hit by Wannacry Ransomware


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Last Monday was a day which will live in infamy for the automobile manufacturer Honda as the renowned Japanese company was forced to power down one of its domestic plants after the WannaCry ransomware found a way into the company’s network.

The plant in question, located in Sayama an hour northwest of Tokyo, had an estimated daily output of 1,000 vehicles including the Accord sedan, Odyssey Minivan and Step Wagon and was powered down on Monday following the realization that WannaCry ransomware had lurked through the company’s network in Japan, North America, Europe, China, and other regions. However, by the time Reuters reported the incident on Wednesday, regular operations in Sayama were resumed and none of Honda’s other 30 plants worldwide was impacted.

The spokeswoman who broke the news to Reuters affirmed that Honda made efforts to secure its network and systems in May especially after a hacker group known as The Shadow Brokers leaked EternalBlue, an NSA-developed tool exploiting a now-patched vulnerability in Microsoft Windows’ SMB protocol. This vulnerability was exploited as a method to rapidly spread WannaCry across the world.

Another similar incident involves Nayana, a web hosting company based in South Korea. Although it was not WannaCry, Nayana was hit by Erebus ransomware and due to pressure of lawsuits from clients and threats to double the ransom from hackers, Hwang Chilghong, Nayana’s CEO, announced in a blog post that they’re negotiating with the hackers and will pay the ransom.

According to Kaspersky Lab, Nayana was originally requested to pay 5 billion Won – South Korea’s official currency – roughly $4.3 million USD to retrieve their data. However, lawyers were able to negotiate the payment down to 397 bitcoin, or $1 million. It is believed that 153 of Nayana’s Linux servers and 3,400 customer websites were encrypted by the ransomware. No news until the writing of this post as to whether they had the data back or not.

The latest variant of Erebus ransomware appeared in February, used User Account Control bypass and requested a relatively small ransom payment of 90$.

Wannacry and other ransomware are taking the world by storm as major companies worldwide are being hit; along with Honda and Nayana, automakers Renault SA and Nissan Motor Co were also targeted by WannaCry ransomware, as well as the German mobile network provider O2, the Britain’s National Health Service (NHS), FedEx Corporations and the list goes on ..

According to Kaspersky, companies hit by WannaCry over the last month have either had a backup strategy or deployed patches. Honda hasn’t yet made it clear how they neutralized the WannaCry attack and with any luck, they will not need to do it again.

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Whatsup which is now Facebook, backstabs its users by sharing users data


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It was long due before Facebook made its move to share data between Whatsup app and Facebook after the acquisition. Facebook is known to invade its users privacy with a claim of openness by its CEO Mark Zuckerburg and it did it again last week to monetize as much as possible with a decision to […]
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Blackhat Vs Defcon in a Nutshell – 2016


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The two names “Blackhat” & “Defcon” rings the bell as the scariest hacker conference for people around the world. People from various disciplines in security with their best researches are invited to speak at the event with room full of security savy folks.  Its often said that these two conferences receive 1000’s of applicants and […]
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The Eleventh HOPE conference attracts audience from a broad areas of interest at New York City


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The most admired and well known hacker convention “HOPE” which takes place every two years in the heart of New York City attracted some of the greatest security experts from various disciplines. Hope – 2016  (The Eleventh HOPE) had some of the great speakers from various areas of security and tons of hacker talks about how […]
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T-mobile insider employee steals 1.5 million customer information and sells the dump to make quick money


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Its been Tmobile  been unlucky last year  by a massive breach and now by an internal employee who sold more than 1.5 millionCzech Republic customer data. As per the local media MF DNES, it is unknown how much of name, e-mail address, account number and various other information the marketing database contained. T-Mobile Czech Republic […]
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Lenovo Customer Feedback Program 64 – Lenovo’s pre installed spyware caught for the 3rd time.


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(Image: Lenovo.com) Twice before Lenovo has been caught spying on the users and this is the third time that the company has been found doing the same. Computerworld’s Michael Horowitz has discovered a software installed on Lenovo’s computers. The application is called “Lenovo Customer Feedback Program 64” and its primary function is gathering feedback information […]
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Digital Currency based Bitcoin exchange shutdown in India after Regulators Warning


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Bitcoin gained tremendous attention by media recently and so as in the eyes of regulators of various countries. Bitcoin exchanges in India were suspended after regulators (The Reserve Bank of India ) warned about the risks associated with them. RBI mentioned that : There have been several media reports of the usage of VCs, including […]
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1,400 financial institutions have been targeted and compromised – The State of Financial Trojans 2013 from Symantec


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With the technology shift from desktop to mobile, more information is sent online for convenience to access to personal information. We trade stocks, banking, pay bills, shop and various things online. With this kind of advancement, risk of exposing  information to the bad guys are very high even with the right security practices are implemented. […]
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New Fake DHL Notification phishing email with ‘Shipment not delivered’ – goes around on Gmail


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                                              DHL fake phishing email has been around for a while. A new set of emails has been going around since last week. Arun from Mobilesecurityrearch received a email from DHL which almost […]
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McCafe identifies Trojanized Android app with unusual behavior – comments on NSA surveillance


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McAfee identified a unusual behavior of a Android app that was set to go on for July 4th. The app. As per Netsec , “The app in question is Jay Z Magna Carta, which has ben recently made available on Google Play, and allows users of certain Samsung devices to listen to the rapper’s new […]
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