Alerts

WhatsApp Spam Vulnerability

BACKGROUND

WhatsApp users have reportedly been receiving spam messages from a foreign phone number, informing that their WhatsApp number was selected to win a prize. Users who block the sender's number would then have their WhatsApp account suspended for a certain period of time. Once their account is recovered, previous chat conversations might be lost if the user has not backed up their chats.

IMPACT

[ALERT] ADVISORY ON RDP BRUTE FORCE ATTACKS

BACKGROUND
    
A way for employees to access corporate devices is by using Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP). Remote Desktop is a remote management tool which allows you to connect to any computer and take over the desktop. It’s like you are sitting and looking at your own computer, only remotely. It is highly used especially during this pandemic situation, for those who have moved to work from home. If poorly configured, it might be vulnerable to attacks.

IMPACT

Phone Scam

BACKGROUND
 
BruCERT has recently received a number of complaints from the public regarding phone scammers impersonating legitimate banks. The scammers contact victims through unofficial channels such as apps like WhatsApp or Viber, usually calling from an international number. They claim to be calling to check all customers’ cards and pressure the victim to reveal personal and financial information.

IMPACT

Bitcoin Storm Investment Scam

Background  

Fake news articles have been circulating on social media as sponsored ads, encouraging the public to invest in a cryptocurrency trading platform called Bitcoin Storm, which allegedly can transform anyone into a millionaire within 3-4 months.  

Impact  

  • May lead to huge financial losses 
  • Credit card or banking details will be stolen
  • Leakage of personal information such as email address, username and password 

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