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.
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.
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.
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).