Google has just issued a warning towards its “circa three billion Chrome users” globally. The company confirmed brand new “high” level attacks directly on its browser.
Google also announced in an official blog post that 28 different successful Chrome hacks have just been found. Nine of the 28 successful hacks are considered by Google to be “high” level threats.
Further hack details are currently being restricted by the company ‘until a majority of users are updated with a fix.’
The company also said in a statement:
“We will also retain restrictions if the bug exists in a third party library that other projects similarly depend on, but haven’t yet fixed.”
Users can manually update their browsers through the settings features, but Chrome will automatically update within a few days.
More details of this incident from The Daily Mail:
Stormous said it stole 161 gigabytes of financial data, passwords and accounts before putting the information on the market for $640,000 or 16million Bitcoin.
The team revealed on Monday it had infiltrated the drinks company and got out ‘without their knowledge.’ Coca-Cola said it has launched an urgent investigation and already contacted the police.
‘You will win and we will win,’ read an apparent message from the group, which was later posted on Twitter.
It said the group downloaded 161 gigabytes from the company, which it would sell for more than $640,000 or more than 16 million in Bitcoin.
Among the stolen files, according to CISO Advisor, are financial data, passwords and commercial accounts.
New research has also shown internet users’ passwords aren’t as safe as once thought.
The research said anything with six characters, regardless of whether numbers and symbols are included, can be cracked instantly.
The same goes for anything that is seven or eight characters but made up of just numbers or lower case letters.
But the news doesn’t get much better for any eight-character combination.
In fact, they can all be guessed in about 39 minutes according to US cybersecurity company Hive Systems, which is based in Richmond, Virginia.
On the flip side the way to guarantee that your password won’t be cracked for some 438 trillion years is to use 18 characters made up of numbers, upper and lower case letters and symbols.
In any case, internet safety is highly important with hackers everywhere. Keeping your passwords secure is the minimum you can do, but with tech companies dropping the ball on their end, is anything you do going to be enough?