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New Android Adware on Google Play More Aggressive than Ever

Bitdefender has found 10 Google Play apps that have been packed full of aggressive adware  to either subscribe users to premium-rated numbers using scareware messages or install additional apps that pack in even more ads. The apps (including the “What is my ip?” app still available on Google Play) were designed to use a different name when installed to give users a hard time identifying and uninstalling the...

Bitdefender Adware Removal Tool Removes Superfish Root Certificate from Lenovo Computers

Bitdefender has updated its Adware Removal Tool to remove the Superfish root certificate shipped with Lenovo computers. The self-signed root certificate behaves in much the same way as a man-in-the-middle attack, as it could allow the E-commerce Service (Superfish) to collect any type of data sent over secure channels. By injecting ads into webpages and search engine results, Superfish behaves like a potent...

Win a MacBook Air with Bitdefender #hugamac

Here’s your chance to win a brand new 13” MacBook Air by just posting a selfie with your current Mac, followed by the hashtag #hugamac. You can use Facebook, Twitter, and even Instagram to immortalize the love for your Mac, as long as you upload the selfie by February 28th, 18:00 PM (GTM+2), at the latest. Guys and gals, feel free to go all artistic with these selfies, as long as we can make sure that it’s...

Wearable Plain-Text Communication Exposed Through Brute-Force, Bitdefender Finds

The 6-digit pin code used to obfuscate Bluetooth communication between smartwatches and Android devices can be brute-forced into exposing messages in plain-text, according to Bitdefender’s Research Team. Everything from SMS messages to Facebook or Google Hangouts chats are constantly being forwarded to your smartwatch. So all this communication should be safe, right? It turns out that, with a little ingenui...

Malware Shifting from SMS Trojans to Ransomware and Banking

While previous Android malware reports showed an increase in SMS Trojans that hijacked user phones to send text messages to premium-rated numbers, a new report on 2013’s first six months highlights new, more sophisticated threats. With SMS Trojans as the ranking Trojan family - Android.Trojan.FakeInst having 72.51 percent of all global malware reports - Android ransomware is under the spotlight as a new and...

Bitdefender Antivirus Free Adds Quarantine Ability

Bitdefender Antivirus Free for desktop computers is designed to minimize both the performance footprint on computers and user interactions. Using the same award-winning technology proven to fend off even the most intrusive malware, Antivirus Free not only offers 24/7 protection, but is also fully compatible with Windows 7 and Windows 8. Since we’re always trying to improve user experience by including new f...

Point of Sale Terminals Most Affected by Breaches in Health Care Industry, Data Shows

Point of sale terminals are the most common target in breaches in the health care system, even as health care professionals focus more on protecting data privacy than payment systems, according to Verizon's 2013 Data Breach Investigations Report (DBIR). Some 64 percent of such breaches in the health care system focus on point of sale terminals while only 38 percent target desktops or workstations, according...

Associated Press Twitter Account Hack Hits US Stock Prices

The Associated Press Twitter account was hacked and a false tweet informing followers of a bombing attempt at the White House was posted on The AP’s behalf. The attack was claimed by the Syrian Electronic Army. Saying President Obama was hurt during the incident, the tweet caused a seven-minute stock price plunge that recovered after The AP reported the hack and confirmed the tweet was bogus. "The @AP Twitt...

BadNews Android Malware Active Since June 2012

Google Play apps harboring the BadNews Android malware that has recently made the news have been spotted in the wild since June 2012 as Android.Trojan.InfoStealer.AK, according to Bitdefender specialists. The June 2012 version of BadNews was not designed to install fake updates, but could have been a first attempt at testing a new malware delivery system able to bypass Google’s app screening process. Althou...

Wireless Carriers May Face FTC Investigation for Lagging Android Security Updates

Wireless carriers may face FTC investigations because of lagging Android security updates, as the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) has filed a complaint stating that user are exposed to malware threats that endanger their privacy. Arguing that even off-the-shelf smartphones lack the latest security updates and that older models sometimes never receive the latest Android security updates, the ACLU belie...

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