Ghostie’s Weekly Digest: A cyberattack disrupts the Winter Olympics ceremony and more

Hackers continue to do what they know best, whether they’re trying to steal money online or make a statement. However, there is a piece of good news, as Germany has recorded another triumph over Facebook’s policy that compels users to reveal their real name.

Read below to find out more about what happened lately in terms of online threats and vulnerabilities.

India’s digital identity database can be easily hacked

India has a national digital identity project called Aadhaar that registers and archives nationals’ financial and personal data. Reporters from The Tribune discovered a loophole as they tested the system and managed to access information regarding any Aadhaar cardholder. Due to their discovery, journalists have been accused of forgery by Indian government agencies.

More on this news.

Germany wins a fight with Facebook over users’ right to use fake names

Berlin Regional Court concluded that a Facebook policy which requires users’ real name is illegal. This policy mainly gives Facebook the power to use this personal information for commercial of sponsored content. The German court ruled that Facebook users should be allowed to sign up for services under pseudonyms according to an old privacy law.

Facebook will modify the privacy rules for German users but it’s highly likely that the company will be forced to change the policy for all European users, especially since the GDPR regulation will come into force in May, this year.

Find out more.

#Techupdates: A big hack during Winter Olympics ceremony and a win on Facebook users to use fake names Click to Tweet

Bitcoin wallets targeted by hackers once again

Hackers are trying to steal Bitcoin wallets again! This time, a new vulnerability was discovered by the maintainers of the Bitmessage P2P encrypted communications protocol. The attackers could access both Bitcoin wallets as well as other users’ files. In case you were a victim of this attack, a PyBitmessage patch is available.

Click here to find more details.

A not surprising cyber-attack during the opening of the Winter Olympics

Security specialists expected and even warned that an attack will happen during the big sports event. The hack occurred during last week’s opening ceremony and has affected internet access, broadcasters’ drones and even the official website was shut down. Many spectators could not print their reservations to attend the ceremony.

Prime suspects of the attack are Russian (since Russia was banned to compete at the Pyeongchang Games because of the doping scandal from previous Olympic Games) and North Korean hackers (due to political disputes between South Korea and North Korea).

Read more about this news.

About the author

Dana Vioreanu
Dana Vioreanu

Even though her degree is in Sociology, which technically has nothing to do with writing, all her previous jobs implied working for websites, taking care of content and writing articles.
By the way, if you’re interested in studying abroad, feel free to ask her a few pointers, because for about two years and a half, she learned almost everything there is to know about international studies.


Leave a comment
  • Why choose CyberGhost VPN?

    Over 1000 Servers Worldwide
    Ultra-fast streaming
    Live Support
    Windows, Mac, iOS, Android
    No Logs Policy

    Double Encryption

    Up to 5 devices
    Made in Germany
    30 Days Risk Free

    > double encryption? really? please tell me how I can enable the double encryption! thanks

    • Hello,
      Double encryption doesn’t need to be enabled, it’s how our VPN system operates. Double encryption essentially means that both the traffic and the CyberGhost authentication data is encrypted at once to create a fully secure VPN connection every time you use CyberGhost. For more details, you can always contact our Support team here.
      Hope this answers your question. Thanks a lot for your feedback.
      Have a nice day!

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <s> <strike> <strong>

© 2017 CyberGhost