Did you know that a Simple Image Can Completely Hack your Computer?

Hack-your-ComputerImages are files, and files contain data. Data can have encryptions in it, and a new research by an Indian security researcher Saumil Shah titled Stegosploit has just confirmed that. The research says that as images contain pixels, it’s quite possible to have malicious code hidden in them, so that the code can be executed without your knowledge and can do anything with your system when you download the seemingly harmless image file. The study is based on Steganography, which involve using hidden communication using images.

Here’s how it works: The hacker creates an image file with embedded code in pixels, and the image just looks and displays as a normal image file. When it reaches your system, the latest HTML 5 technology splits the image into code elements for better rendering, and this allows the hidden code to be executed, and the code can just be set to do anything.
So, next time you have an nice landscape image shared online, just think twice before downloading or viewing it.


Facebook “Like” Plugin Places a Tracking Cookie on Your Computer

Facebook-'Like'-Plugin-PlacFacebook has often been accused of handling your private information without your consent, and this had been widely debated upon with FB denying any such claims. However, Belgium’s Privacy Protection Commission (CPVP/CBPL) (an European watchdog agency) clams that Facebook places a cookie on your computer even in cases where you do not have a Facebook account-and this cookie can be used to track your browsing habits and personal information, allowing Facebook to store and analyze your data.

This is said to be done through the Facebook “like” plugin on any webpage you visit-with FB claiming that it was a big that is being resolved. The agency also advised users to install privacy software to prevent unauthorized cookies from being stored on a user’s computer. They also said that this is in violation of European privacy laws and that they would discuss with other member nations on a united plan of action.

CERT-IN warns of a Deadly Trojan Virus –Bioazih active in India

VirusIn case you are not sure on what this is all about-the Bioazih is a deadly Trojan virus that is spread by pishing emails and can remotely manage your computer, run commands, download and access data. This was actively noticed by CERT-In which is Computer Emergency Response Team of India-an anti-cyber attack team, and they have warned that this virus is very active in India cyberspace and causes remote access to your system from anonymous or disguised servers-so that the link can never be traced. So…time you updated your system security after understanding the risks.