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Over 6 Lakh Attacks on Mumbai Cloud Server Honeypot

However, multiple development teams within an organisation and an ever-changing, auto-scaling environment make this difficult for IT security

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Cybercriminals attempted attacks on a Mumbai Cloud server honeypot more than 678,000 times in a month, which was second to Ohio in the US that recorded more than 950,000 login attempts, among a total of 10 honeypots placed globally, global cyber security major Sophos said on Wednesday.

The honeypots were set-up in 10 of the most popular Amazon Web Services (AWS) data centres in the world, including California, Frankfurt, Ireland, London, Ohio, Paris, Sao Paulo, Singapore and Sydney over a 30-day period from mid-January to mid-February.

A honeypot is a system intended to mimic likely targets of cyberattackers for security researchers to monitor cybercriminal behaviour.

According to Sophos’ “Exposed: Cyberattacks on Cloud Honeypots” report, over five million attacks were attempted on the global network of honeypots, thus, demonstrating how cybercriminals are automatically scanning for weak open Cloud buckets.

Cloud servers were subjected to 13 attempted attacks per minute, per honeypot, on an average.

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An employee works near screens in the virus lab at the headquarters of Russian cybersecurity company Kaspersky Labs in Moscow, July 29, 2013. VOA

With businesses across the globe increasingly adopting Cloud technology, the report revealed the extent to which businesses migrating to hybrid and all-Cloud platforms are at risk.

“The aggressive speed and scale of attacks on devices demonstrates the use of botnets to target an organisation’s Cloud platform,” Sunil Sharma, Managing Director, Sales, India and Saarc, Sophos, said in a statement.

Continuous visibility of public Cloud infrastructure is vital for businesses to ensure compliance and to know what to protect, the report emphasised.

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However, multiple development teams within an organisation and an ever-changing, auto-scaling environment make this difficult for IT security.

“Instead of inundating security teams with a massive number of undifferentiated alerts, Sophos Cloud Optix significantly minimises alert fatigue by identifying what is truly meaningful and actionable,” said Ross McKerchar, CISO, Sophos. (IANS)

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Twitterati Report Server, Media Transfer Issues on WhatsApp

Posting a torn photo of WhatsApp logo, a person tweeted "Whatsapp Media Sharing is down from past 45 minutes Oh my god! Unable to send any photos or videos. Are you facing it too? If yes which country are you from?"

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Silhouettes of mobile users are seen next to logos of social media apps Signal, Whatsapp and Telegram projected on a screen in this picture illustration. VOA

Looks like Facebook’s popularly owned online messaging app WhatsApp is currently experiencing issues in some regions around the world.

#whatsappdown trended on twitter with 8,246 Tweets as a Alarge number of reports from users stated that WhatsApp is currently down or not working.

Many WhatsApp users taking to Twitter complained about facing an issue with sending & receiving messages.

Taking to the social networking app, Twitter a user posted “Facing issues while sending media files, from Andhra Pradesh.”

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FILE – The WhatsApp app logo is seen on a smartphone in this picture illustration. VOA

Another user, asking people about the WhatsApp being down said “Is it just me or WhatsApp is Temporarily down, cause my photos, GIFs, and voice note fail to deliver. Any other person with this issue? #whatsappdown”

“RIP WhatsApp. Impossible mandate file multimedia #whatsappdown,” wrote a user.

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Sharing the photo of Whatsapp logo, a user said “I am facing difficulty for WhatsApp media sharing, I can’t send even a voice message media sharing WhatsApp is down now are you facing this problem #whatsappdown.”

Posting a torn photo of WhatsApp logo, a person tweeted “Whatsapp Media Sharing is down from past 45 minutes Oh my god! Unable to send any photos or videos. Are you facing it too? If yes which country are you from?” (IANS)