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Funny Video Facebook Scam Drops Not so Funny Trojan, Bitdefender Warns

A new “funny” video spreading on Facebook drops a not so hilarious Trojan on users’ computers, according to research by antivirus software provider Bitdefender. The malware can access abundant data from Internet browsers. The hackers might originate from Albania, according to malicious code samples. The story was also featured by The Guardian.  It all starts with what appears to be a funny video of a Facebo...

$10,000 Bounty to Be Cashed in by Tesla Car Hacker

A $10,000 reward will be cashed in by the first hacker who cracks a Tesla car security system in a China-based competition, according to Fox News. The Symposium on Security for Asia Network (SyScan) has launched the hacking competition for all security gurus attending its Beijing conference. The aim is to examine the safety of the high-tech Tesla electric cars. In April 2014, a security researcher showed th...

One in Five Websites Blocked in the UK

One in five websites are being blocked in the UK by Internet service providers in an attempt to protect children from mature content, according to a study by the Open Rights Group. However, over-blocking is affecting businesses, bloggers and regular web users. The Open Rights Group created a free tool that lets anyone check if a specific web site is being blocked by an ISP filter. “Through the Blocked proje...

Scammers Cite Huffington Story of Lost Japanese Riches to Dupe Victims

“Nigerian” scammers are citing media outlets such as The Huffington Post to lend credit to their enrichment promises. A new wave of bogus messages is flooding inboxes with the temptation of gaining deposit funds from a developer allegedly killed in the 2011 tsunami and earthquake in Japan. “Hello Dear, I am Kokoschki Zwang. I worked as the Documents Caretaker to late JACOBOWSKY BLASCHKO who was an Internati...

Parking Fine Scam Drops Zbot on Computers in UK

A wave of parking fine spam continues to infect computers in the UK with Zeus, or the Zbot Trojan, seeking to steal confidential information, according to Bitdefender. So far, the security company blocked the Trojan from infecting hundreds of computers. The 'reminder notice' e-mails purporting to be from the UK's Ministry of Justice started to invade UK inboxes a couple of months ago. The wave registered a ...

18 per cent of SMBs Still Use XP, Face Security Risks, Bitdefender Warns

Almost one in five small and medium businesses worldwide are exposed to major security risks as they are still using Windows XP after Microsoft ended support for the operating system, according to a three-month study by antivirus software provider Bitdefender. The research, conducted in countries such as the US, the UK, Australia, Germany, Spain and Brazil, proved that businesses still rely on the legacy Mi...

Scammers Abuse Twitter Features, Trick Thousands with ‘Follower’ Scheme

A series of enhanced follower scams has tricked thousands of Twitter users after a group abused the platform’s authentication system, TweetDeck and Trends section, antivirus software provider Bitdefender warns. The security company reported the scams and notified the micro-blogging company of the dangerous web sites, which are massively promoted through Twitter Trends. The 'entrepreneurs', who may be from T...

‘Can I Post These Pictures on Facebook?’ Polite IM Trojan Asks

Over 1,300 systems got infected with the latest Instant Messaging Trojan, which uses polite social engineering and biblical verses to hide encrypted data, Bitdefender warns. The antivirus software provider spotted an increasing wave of infections in the past week in countries such as the US, the UK, Germany, Canada, France, Denmark, Japan and Romania. After gaining access to users’ contact lists, Gen:Varian...

Animal Lovers Lose Thousands of Dollars after Falling for Pet Scams

Animal lovers who fall for online pet scams lose hundreds or even thousands of dollars while trying to buy or relocate cats and dogs or exotic animals such as African parrots and fennec foxes, according to Bitdefender. The antivirus software provider recently blocked a wave of fraudulent web sites promising pet relocation and related services. Fake sellers and shippers ask for advance money for flight insur...

Tech Giants and Ad Networks Could Face Penalties for Malvertising, US Senate Warns

The US Senate urges companies such as Google and Yahoo to better protect users from malicious ads and hackers exploiting their online advertising networks, or else new legislation could force them to, according to the Associated Press. The Online Trust Alliance research revealed that malvertising tripled in 2013 to more than 209,000 incidents, generating over 12.4 billion malicious ad impressions. The Senat...

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