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Configure Windows 10 like a privacy pro

Windows 10 has only been around for a couple of days, but it is running on more than 67 million computers worldwide already. The new operating system is being aggressively pushed to all Windows users who own a valid license for Windows 7 or Windows 8/8.1, provided they want the upgrade and their computer meets the minimum requirements. The average of 11 million new customers per day is somehow understandabl...

Bitdefender Products Ready to Embrace Windows 10

Update: The antivirus upgrade system built into Windows 10 won’t immediately check for a compatible version of the product. There is a three hour delay and this is not something we can control. You can either wait for Windows to poll for an update or you can point your browser to bitdefender.com, download the version compatible with Windows 10 and install it manually. Please note that, if you install the pr...

Slack Got Hacked. Change Your Password Now!

Popular team messaging service Slack has just started notifying users about a security breach suffered earlier in February. According to the blog entry detailing on the incident, a group of unknown hackers have gotten access to a database containing user information like usernames and their corresponding e-mail addresses, hashed and salted passwords, as well as additional profile fields. The window of oppor...

Facebook Tag Scam Spreads like Wildfire, New Tactics Emerge

Two weeks ago, we wrote about the re-emergence of tag scams on Facebook. What seemed to be a basic worm at that time turned into inspiration for multiple cyber-criminal gangs. This week-end hackers took a more diversified approach to reaching victims’ browsers and wreaking havoc on Facebook walls. Today’s scam is much more complex than what we described in the previous post. It all starts with an inciting i...

Facebook Tag Scams are Back with Malicious Payload

Bad week-end for Facebook users: a malicious tagging campaign ended up infecting at least 5 thousand computer users with a backdoor. This three-day campaign has been actively mirrored by the cyber-criminal(s) in order to prevent an early takedown. UPDATE: there are a number of similar scams in circulation as of today which are targeting particullarly Spanish-speaking users. Unlike the scam we documented bel...

More than one third of Americans don’t use basic malware protection, Bitdefender study shows

Advanced security technologies such as VPN and two-factor authentication are used by less than one in 10 Americans. One in three US-based computer users don’t use an antivirus solution, according to a survey carried by Romanian antivirus vendor Bitdefender in September. Only 67.3 percent of respondents are protected by an antivirus solution. The study also finds that young females (aged 18 to 29) are the le...

ShellShock Roundup: What to do if You are Vulnerable

A security vulnerability on the GNU Bourne Again Shell reported Wednesday is claiming victims in the wild. The flaw – known to the tech world as CVE-2014-6271 and CVE-2014-7169 - allows a remote attacker to run arbitrary code (read malware) on a vulnerable server under certain conditions. The most vulnerable targets to date are web servers that run Apache CGI scripts written in Bash or calling system() or p...

Internet Explorer Zero-Day Turns into Permanent Threat for XP Users

A new Internet Explorer zero-day vulnerability is currently being exploited in the wild. The vulnerability identified on Saturday affects all versions of Internet Explorer, including the archaic versions 6 through 8 which ship with the now-dead Windows XP. Update: the folks at Microsoft have issued a patch for the issue. Oddly enough, the patch has been made available for Windows XP users as well. UPDATE NO...

Advertising SDK Can Be Hijacked for Making Phone Calls, Geo-Locating

Most developers rely on an advertising SDK to monetize a free mobile application. But amid a boom in both advertising and Android app market development, some SDK implementations might pose a risk to application consumers connecting via unsafe networks. Such is the case with Widdit, an advertising framework that uses an interesting technique for implementing new features without requesting additional permis...

Fake AV Uses Stolen Digital Certificate to Evade Detection

Malware creators, who first started pumping out fake antivirus solutions in 2008, are now taking them to the next level by tinkering with user trust. Bitdefender just stumbled on a number of samples for a product called Antivirus Security Pro, a sub-species of fake antivirus that comes with a digitally-signed installer to circumvent some security mechanisms of the operating system and antivirus solution. Mo...

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