Top Cybersecurity News For 19th April 2016

  1. German researcher hacks into US Congressman’s phone for TV Show. From Guardian. German security researcher Karsten Nohl demonstrated the hack for the CBS show. He tracked a brand new phone given to US congressman Ted Lieu in California from his base in Berlin using only its phone number. Nohl pinpointed Lieu’s movements down to districts within Los Angeles, read his messages and recorded phone calls between Lieu and his staff.
  2. Short URLs are easily hacked. From Freedom To Tinker. short URLs produced by,, and similar services are insecure, and in many cases point to Microsoft OneDrive accounts with private documents.  Many of these accounts are unlocked and allow anyone to inject malware that will be automatically downloaded to users’ devices.
  3. The rising threat of ransomware. From TechCrunch. Ransomware is usually delivered through infected email attachments and hacked websites or websites featuring ads. Ransomware encrypts files on a user’s computer and renders them unusable until the victim ransoms the key for a specific amount of money. Cybercriminals are making millions of dollars from ransomware.
  4. Most Americans Maintain Store Loyalty after Data Breach. From Despite affecting over 100 million people, a new study finds that most Americans continue to shop at their favorite stores after a data breach. Only 11% of people who had received notice about a data breach said they stopped shopping at hacked merchants after the event.
  5. George J. Franz III is heading back to US Cyber Command. From FCW. After two years as commanding general of the Army’s Intelligence and Security Command, Maj. Gen. George J. Franz III is heading back to Cyber Command, where he will be director of operations, the Pentagon announced.

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