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iPhone Hacking Campaign Using MDM Software Is Broader Than Previously Known

iPhone Hacking Campaign Using MDM Software Is Broader Than Previously Known

July 25, 2018Swati Khandelwal
India-linked highly targeted mobile malware campaign, first unveiled two weeks ago , has been found to be part of a broader campaign targeting multiple platforms, including windows devices and possibly Android as well. As reported in our previous article , earlier this month researchers at Talos threat intelligence unit discovered a group of Indian hackers abusing mobile device management (MDM) service to hijack and spy on a few targeted iPhone users in India. Operating since August 2015, the attackers have been found abusing MDM service to remotely install malicious versions of legitimate apps, including Telegram, WhatsApp, and PrayTime, onto targeted iPhones. These modified apps have been designed to secretly spy on iOS users, and steal their real-time location, SMS, contacts, photos and private messages from third-party chatting applications. During their ongoing investigation, Talos researchers identified a new MDM infrastructure and several malicious binaries – designed
Websites of Indian Embassy in 7 Countries Hacked; Database Leaked Online

Websites of Indian Embassy in 7 Countries Hacked; Database Leaked Online

November 07, 2016Mohit Kumar
Indian embassy websites in seven different countries have been hacked, and attackers have leaked personal data, including full name, residential address, email address, passport number and phone number, of Indian citizens living abroad. This incident is extremely worrying because it involves diplomatic personnel working in the embassies that have always been a favorite target of state-sponsored hackers launching cyber espionage campaigns. Security pen-testers who go by the name Kapustkiy and Kasimierz have claimed responsibility for the hack and told The Hacker News that the reason behind the hack was to force administrators to consider the cyber security of their websites seriously. In Pastebin link shared on their Twitter account , the hackers claimed to have hijacked Indian Embassy websites in Switzerland, Italy, Romania, Mali, South Africa, Libya, and Malawi and leaked personal details of hundreds of Indians, including students studying abroad. The pair exploited a si
Hacker Downloaded Vine's Entire Source Code. Here’s How...

Hacker Downloaded Vine's Entire Source Code. Here’s How...

July 24, 2016Mohit Kumar
Guess What? Someone just downloaded Twitter’s Vine complete source code. Vine is a short-form video sharing service where people can share 6-second-long looping video clips. Twitter acquired the service in October 2012. Indian Bug bounty hunter Avinash discovered a loophole in Vine that allowed him to download a Docker image containing complete source code of Vine without any hassle. Launched in June 2014, Docker is a new open-source container technology that makes it possible to get more apps running on the same old servers and also very easy to package and ship programs. Nowadays, companies are adopting Docker at a remarkable rate. However, the Docker images used by the Vine, which was supposed to be private, but actually was available publically online. While searching for the vulnerabilities in Vine, Avinash used Censys.io – an all new Hacker’s Search Engine similar to Shodan – that daily scans the whole Internet for all the vulnerable devices. Using Censys, Avina
Researchers to Share Details of Cyber-Terrorists Targeting Indian Government Officials

Researchers to Share Details of Cyber-Terrorists Targeting Indian Government Officials

August 08, 2015Wang Wei
The Potential threat, range from very narrow to very broad, posed by Cyber-Terrorism has provoked considerable alarm. Terrorists involved in Cyber Espionage and Operations aim at gaining access to Nation's critical infrastructure involving both Government as well as Private sectors. The Frequency and Intensity of such Cyber-attacks are increasing rapidly and extending into absolute cyber-war between states, allowing terrorist organizations to pilfer data from financial and military organizations. Similar Incident happened, few months back, when a group of Middle-east terrorists tried to infiltrate Indian Government officials operational in Cyber related divisions. In response, a team of Independent Indian security researchers planned a counter operation to track down the terrorist organization behind the cyber attack. Shesh Sarangdhar , a security researcher at Seclabs & Systems Pvt. told The Hacker News that his team successfully penetrated the sourc
"Pakistan People's Party" Website Hacked — Message for Bilawal Bhutto

"Pakistan People's Party" Website Hacked — Message for Bilawal Bhutto

October 08, 2014Swati Khandelwal
On Tuesday, Indian and Pakistani army forces continued to exchange fire along the Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu and Kashmir, which was started when Pakistan’s military fired machine guns and mortars at about 60 Indian army posts during last week. Tensions between the two countries have intensified since Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, the only son of former Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari and former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto, made a statement that his Pakistan People's Party (PPP) would take back entire Kashmir from India. However, the Indian political party described his statement as " childish " and " irresponsible ." Different reactions came from different people out there from India for the chairman of Pakistan People’s Party and Central Executive Committee Bilawal Bhutto, but Hackers have their own way of expressing their part. Here Bilawal Bhutto said that he would not leave an inch of Kashmir with India, and there an Indian Hacker defac
16-year-old Invents Device that Can Convert Breath to Speech

16-year-old Invents Device that Can Convert Breath to Speech

September 15, 2014Swati Khandelwal
A High-school student Arsh Shah Dilbagi has invented a portable and affordable device that converts breath into speech, helping people suffering from different developmental disabilities like locked-in syndrome, Parkinson's, or ALS to communicate using only their breath. A 16-year-old Dilbagi who hails from Harayana’s Panipat region in India has come up as the only entry from Asia in the 15 global finalists at the Google Science Fair 2014 , a competition open to 13 to 18 year old thinkers. This augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) device, Dilbagi dubbed it as ' Talk ', can turn breath signals into speech using the assistance of Morse code. This innovative device can be used by people with developmental disabilities whose communication abilities are impaired. Over 1.4 percent of the world's total population suffers from some disorder that renders victims almost completely paralyzed, making them difficult in speaking and forcing them to use an
Godzilla Hacker Takes Down Several Pakistani Government Websites

Godzilla Hacker Takes Down Several Pakistani Government Websites

August 02, 2014Wang Wei
While the rest of the world was engaged in cyber security and privacy, an Indian patriotic hacker targeted 43 major Pakistani Government official websites, including ‘President of Pakistan’, ‘Government of Pakistan’, 'Ministry of Defence’ , and whole Ministry of Pakistan . Indian hacker Godzilla claimed responsibility to hack into one of the main proxy server of the Pakistan Government, which is being used to manage all the government websites. Once the hacker gained the access to the proxy server, he managed to take down those websites. The attack on the websites are supposed to be severe as it has been over 24 hours and the websites are still down at the time of writing. The hacker posted a message on his Facebook profile saying, “ Poor Pakistan no matter how hard you try we can bypass those security anytime we want. Before making a statement in media against India think twice. ” Godzilla aka G.O.D is the same hacker who launched a cyber attack last year on a number of ser
Google catches Indian Government Agency with Fake Digital Certificates

Google catches Indian Government Agency with Fake Digital Certificates

July 09, 2014Swati Khandelwal
Google has identified and blocked unauthorized digital certificates for a number of its domains issued by the National Informatics Centre (NIC) of India, a unit of India’s Ministry of Communications and Information Technology. National Informatics Center (NIC) holds several intermediate Certification Authority (CA) certs trusted by the Indian government’s top CA, Indian Controller of Certifying Authorities (India CCA), which are included in the Microsoft Root Store and so are trusted by a large number of applications running on Windows, including Internet Explorer and Chrome. The use of rogue digital certificates could result in a potentially serious security and privacy threat that could allow an attacker to spy on an encrypted communication between a user’s device and a secure HTTPS website, which is thought to be secure. Google became aware of the fake certificates last Wednesday on July 2 and within 24 hours, the Indian Controller of Certifying Authorities (Ind
India to Host 3rd Annual 'The Hackers Conference' this Year in August

India to Host 3rd Annual 'The Hackers Conference' this Year in August

June 25, 2014Swati Khandelwal
A crowd of Cyberspace experts along with the best minds in Indian hacking community, leaders in the information security community, policymakers and Government representatives will come together at a common platform to join their efforts in addressing the most critical issues of the Internet Cyberspace. The Groups of Researchers from Information Security and Hacking Community are hosting the 3rd Annual THE HACKERS CONFERENCE (THC) 2014 , on 30th August in the Gulmohar Hall of the India Habitat Center, Delhi. COMMON PLATFORM FOR HACKERS AND GOVERNMENT In its endeavor to secure the cyber-ecosystem, The Hackers Conference will bring both hackers and government officials together on a common platform with a theme of "Building a secure and resilient cyberspace ". “ The conference objective is to provide a common and unique platform to the hackers along with the government officials and policymakers wherein both can showcase their expertise, ” says the organizers
ORACLE Subdomain Page Defaced by Indian Hacker

ORACLE Subdomain Page Defaced by Indian Hacker

April 23, 2014Wang Wei
A group of Indian Hackers dubbed as I-HOS TEAM has successfully defaced a page on the sub domain of Oracle Corporation, biggest provider of enterprise software, computer hardware and Services. The users visiting the domain are being greeted with a custom webpage with black background and the theme song of an Indian Movie “ BOSS ”. The defacement page is displaying a logo with title “ IHOS - Indian Hackers Online Squad ” with a quotation for all the Indian hackers shows, “ LOVE TO ALL INDIAN HACKERS OUT THERE. ” Neither the website nor the server was actually compromised, but the Hacker going by online alias ‘Bl@Ck Dr@GoN’, actually found a page on the Oracle website that allows him to inject HTML/JavaScript code into the Oracle University Electronic Attendance webpage in order to modify the content, as shown in the screenshot provided to The Hacker News: Hacker told THN that anyone is able to edit the Student name on the website and can insert any code, which is not san
CBI arrests Indian mastermind behind Hire-a-Hacker service on FBI tip-off

CBI arrests Indian mastermind behind Hire-a-Hacker service on FBI tip-off

January 25, 2014Anonymous
For the first time in history, Indian Law Enforcement Agency 'Central Bureau of Investigation' (CBI) has arrested a Cyber criminal after getting a tip-off from the US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). 33-Year-old Amit Vikram Tiwari , son of an Indian Army colonel and an engineering dropout, who allegedly ran two websites offering services for hacking into email accounts was arrested on Friday from Pune city. According to the details submitted by FBI, he had compromised more than 1,000 Accounts around the world and offering illegal services for cracking email account login for $250 - $500 via two websites www.hirehacker.net and www.anonymiti.com hosted on U.S. Based servers. Amit received most of the payments from his Clients via Western Union Money Transfer or PayPal. During the investigation, police found several fictitious names of clients and bank account numbers in his computer. Initial investigation clarifies that he has clients in China, Romania, an
22 years-old Chartered Accountant student hacks into Celebrities E-taxation Accounts

22 years-old Chartered Accountant student hacks into Celebrities E-taxation Accounts

September 26, 2013Wang Wei
Last week a 21-year-old chartered accountant student from Hyderabad was arrested for hacking into E-taxation Account of Industrialist Anil Ambani. During the probe Mumbai Police’s crime branch has emerged that Anil Ambani's account was also fraudulently accessed from Noida. After investigation, Police were able to track another CA student who not only accessed Ambani's account,  but also of popular cricketers and film stars including Sachin Tendulkar, MS Dhoni, Shah Rukh Khan and Salman Khan. 22 years-old CA student named, Sanchit Katiyal -- who is doing his articleship at  Vishal Kaushal Company, an accountancy firm in Noida,  had hacked into Ambani’s account on 26th June.  His computer and hard disks were seized by Cyber Crime Cell. He first accessed the accounts of Shah Rukh and Salman on 22nd June, Dhoni’s account on 24th June and then broke into Ambani’s account.  He again accessed Dhoni's account on June 28, and Tendulkar's on July 4. After hacking these acco
Major VBulletin based websites are vulnerable to Hackers; Pakistani forums defaced by Indian Hackers

Major VBulletin based websites are vulnerable to Hackers; Pakistani forums defaced by Indian Hackers

September 06, 2013Wang Wei
vBulletin is a publishing suite that allows users to create and publish a variety of content, including: forums, blogs, and polls. If you currently use an older version of  vBulletin  on your website, you might be opening up your site to an attack as some serious security vulnerabilities, which allows hackers to access your hosting admin panel. Two Indian Hackers, going by virtual name  Ne0-h4ck3r & Google-warri0r has developed an exploit of known  vBulletin  vulnerability, that can be used to add a user remotely to  vBulletin  customer panel with admin privileges. According to Hackers, vBulletin versions 4.x.x.x are affected to their exploit. It isn’t quite clear the extent of the exploit, however, hundreds of major websites on  vBulletin  have been reported to be affected. Here’s a list of some domains that have been used so far in this attack: http://usasexguide.info/ http://www.desironak.com/ http://www.pakistanipoint.com http://www.cssexam.com/f
J.A.R.V.I.S : Artificial Intelligence Assistant Operating System for Hackers

J.A.R.V.I.S : Artificial Intelligence Assistant Operating System for Hackers

September 05, 2013Wang Wei
A group of Indian Hackers has designed Artificial Intelligence Assistant Operating System called ' J.A.R.V.I.S ' , who recognizes them, answer questions, tweet for them and Collect information, scan targets for them. Chiragh Dewan, a 18 year old student who is currently pursuing his BCA has taken the initiative to be the first Indian to complete this project  J.A.R.V.I.S , which is inspired by Iron Man’s (movie) artificial intelligence assistant Jarvis. With his team of 7 including Himanshu Vaishnav, Mayur Singh, Krishanu Kashyap, Vikas Kumar, Vinmay Nair and Sravan Kumar, they are about to finish the 3rd level of the project. Their long term goal is to create an OS which could adapt itself according to the user's needs. Like if a doctor is using the OS, it will adapt itself so as it is capable of helping him out in his field like searching for new techniques, medicines, help in their research, etc. Add for architects, other professions.  As for users i
National Security threats to be detailed at 'The Hackers Conference' 2013 | #THC2013

National Security threats to be detailed at 'The Hackers Conference' 2013 | #THC2013

August 17, 2013Mohit Kumar
The recent “disconcerting" reports that India was being spied upon by American intelligence agencies has opened an all new chapter in the cyber security space. The revelation that the Indian embassy in the US was among the list of 38 diplomatic missions which were being spied upon by American intelligence agencies, as per the latest top secret US National Security Agency documents leaked by the whistleblower Edward Snowden has raised questions like How much of liberty should the cyber space grant to maintain national security and at what cost?  So far, legality is the main rationale US officials have used to defend the government’s PRISM spying program. It’s all perfectly legal, approved by govt. and the courts, but a more potent argument might be just because something is legal doesn’t necessarily make it a good thing. In the context of the recent findings and the debate that it has just drawn, The Hackers Conference 2013 will raise important questions on the th
Pakistan Army site and Facebook pages compromised by Indian hacker Godzilla

Pakistan Army site and Facebook pages compromised by Indian hacker Godzilla

August 09, 2013Wang Wei
Pakistan Army site (pakistanarmy.gov.pk) and Three Facebook pages hacked by an Indian hacker 'Godzilla '. Hacker told ' The Hacker News ' that, using a CMS vulnerability they got access into the Pakistan army website using credentials i.e. Username: mag_admin password: #$%modern! .  Then they left a malicious PDF magazine document in their content management system of magazine portal for the Pakistan army, which was later clicked by the Administrator and that installed a piece of malware on the administrator’s computer. " For security they have taken down the login page of content management but failed to remove my backdoor " hacker told The Hacker News. Using an infected system of the Administrator, he has also gained unauthorized access to three Pakistan Army Facebook pages. Pakistan Army Official Facebook Page ( www.facebook.com/OfficialPakArmy ) Pakistan Army Officers Club Facebook Page ( www.facebook.com/fb.paoc ) Pakistan Army Fan Facebook Page
Want to be the Part of History? Just be a part of E-HACK

Want to be the Part of History? Just be a part of E-HACK

June 30, 2013Mohit Kumar
E-HACK is an Information Security Workshop, organized by infySEC . The workshop aims at creating awareness about INFORMATION SECURITY by showing in what all ways information or data can be stolen. Meddle in cyber-warfare, battle with our machine master mind who will throw challenges on web application security, network security, algorithms, reverse engineering and decryption.  The team which cracks the final level will attain the glory of being Winner at our E-HACK Guinness record attempt with tons of prizes waiting. Be simple but not simpler is quote by Einstein, that’s secret of success for E-HACK. Be there to witness the epic battle of brains. It’s planned to be done in a more fun way, through a game called CTF (Capture the Flag) . The only way to know how to protect our information is by knowing the ways in which it can be stolen. So, we’ll be having wide range of discussions on what all ways a HACKER can get his hands on your information and in what all ways you can thwart him
First Large Cyber Espionage Activity against Pakistan Emanating From India

First Large Cyber Espionage Activity against Pakistan Emanating From India

May 20, 2013Mohit Kumar
Cyber Security researchers have discovered a family of information stealing malware targeting Pakistan that originates out of India.  Norman Shark, the global security leader in malware analysis solutions for enterprises, service providers and government, today released a report detailing a large and sophisticated cyber-attack infrastructure that appears to have originated from India. The attacks, conducted by private threat actors over a period of three years and still ongoing, showed no evidence of state sponsorship but the primary purpose of the global command-and-control network appears to be intelligence gathering from a combination of national security targets and private sector companies. Attackers used known vulnerabilities in Microsoft software, chucking malware dubbed HangOver onto target machines, most of which were based in Pakistan, where 511 infections associated with the campaign were detected. HangOver installs keyloggers , takes screenshots and rec
CALL FOR PAPERS - The Hackers Conference 2013

CALL FOR PAPERS - The Hackers Conference 2013

April 23, 2013Mohit Kumar
The call for papers for The Hackers Conference 2013 is now open.  #THC2013  is a hacker conference taking place in New Delhi , India on August 25th, 2013.  The Hackers Conference is an unique event, where the best of minds in the hacking world, leaders in the information security industry and the cyber community along with policymakers and government representatives on cyber security meet face-to -face to join their efforts to co-operate in addressing the most topical issues of the Internet Security space. This is the second edition of the Conference . Following the huge success of the conference last year the current edition of the conference brings back to you all the knowledge, all the fun in a better, grander way! The Conference will be held in New Delhi, on the 25 of August 2013, and will get together industry leaders, Government representatives, Academia and underground Black-hat hackers to share knowledge and leading-edge ideas about information security and
Pakistan Government servers messed up after security breach

Pakistan Government servers messed up after security breach

March 11, 2013Mohit Kumar
Today a cyber attack on Pakistan Government servers crash many Government departments's official websites including Ministry of Information Technology, Ministry of Railways, Ministry of Economic Affairs & Statistics, Ministry of Interior, Ministry of Religious Affairs, Ministry of Science and Technology, Ministry of Environment and many more. Indian Hacker ' Godzilla ' continue to strike Pakistan Government because of their support to terrorism activities. Hacker said," all network owned including switches because they deserve it, I have not touched any innocent website because target is only Government " While Pakistani official are already aware about the risk from the newest viruses, worms and cyber attacks, so they having their servers running through a proxy server located at  http://202.83.164.6/ , but flawed cyber security practices once again results to messed up whole setup and hacker successfully breach into centralized local server locat
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