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Russian Hackers Promise Anti-Government Software, Deliver Kelihos Trojan Instead, Bitdefender Warns

A self-proclaimed hacker community from Russia installs data-stealing malware on users’ machines by pretending the software was designed to attack Western governments and the US, according to antivirus software company Bitdefender.  With the Ukrainian conflict in mind, hackers have crafted ingenious spam messages that help them deliver the Trojan to those who support the Russian “cause” and dislike measures...

Car Makers Urged to Sign Security Manifesto against Hacking

Automobile manufacturers could deter hackers from hijacking cars by following a five-principle manifesto, according to I Am The Cavalry, as quoted by The Register. The security pressure group wrote an open letter to car makers, urging them to increase their products’ security. “Modern vehicles are computers on wheels and are increasingly connected and controlled by software and embedded devices,” I am the C...

US Companies Still Mine Europeans’ Private Data despite Promises, CDD says

Dozens of US tech companies, including Adobe Systems, AOL and Salesforce.com, continue to violate Europeans’ privacy despite promises to comply, according to the Center for Digital Democracy. The advocacy group filed a complaint against 30 data brokers, tech giants and data management firms that promised to better handle personal information of EU residents. “The commercial surveillance of EU consumers by U...

New Viral Video Scam on Facebook: ‘Girl Killed by Husband for Kissing Another Man’

A new viral video scam has lured thousands of Facebook users with a fake tape of a girl killed by her husband because she kissed another man, according to Bitdefender. The antivirus software provider revealed the scam continues to claim victims among curious social networkers, and drops adware or malicious code on targeted computers. More than 4,000 people apparently liked and shared the video, but the numb...

Scammers Ditch Taylor Swift and Disneyland from Top 10 Facebook Baits

American singer and actress Taylor Swift has lost her scam ‘mojo’, as her fake sex tape spreading on Facebook was excluded from the top ten most successful scam baits, according to Bitdefender. An analysis by the antivirus software provider revealed the celebrity is no longer as popular as last year, when bogus videos of her managed to spread malware on the social network. Millions of users fall for Faceboo...

Keyboards, USB Devices Can Be Used in Enhanced Hacking Attacks

Keyboards, thumb-drives, mice and other USB devices can be used for enhanced hacking attacks that may bypass traditional security filters, a German cryptography expert revealed. Berlin's SR Labs Chief Scientist Karsten Nohl discovered that hackers could load malicious software onto tiny, low-cost computer chips that control USB functions. Because small electronics components usually don’t have built-in shie...

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...

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