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De-anonymization of Tor Hidden Services With 88 Percent Certainty, Researchers Say

MIT researchers have devised a method for identifying anonymous Tor hidden services or hosts – with 88 percent certainty – by using a circuit fingerprinting attack to analyze traffic going through an attacker-controlled computer. Once the attacker’s computer starts acting as a Tor guard, the researchers say they used a machine learning algorithm that analyzes traffic patterns that go through the computer to...

Ethical Decisions May Be Embedded in Self-Driving Cars

Progress in self-driving vehicles led Chris Gerdes, a professor at Stanford University, and Patrick Lin, a professor of philosophy at Cal Poly, to experiment with ethical dilemmas that may come up when such vehicles become common. Considering that recent proof-of-concept hacking attempts on smart vehicles have proven that, with off-the-shelf equipment and adequate skills, someone could interfere with and co...

Steam User Accounts Compromised Due to Password Reset Vulnerability

Popular gaming platform Steam has suffered a recent security breach that allowed attackers to take over user accounts, due to a vulnerability in Steam’s password reset functionality. Knowing only the victim’s username, attackers could abuse Steam’s “forgot password” feature and avoid having to input the security code by leaving it blank, thus gaining complete access to a user’s account. Information about th...

Kodi Media Center Vulnerability Exposes Users to Man-in-the-Middle Attacks

Home media player software Kodi (formerly known as XBMC) has been found vulnerable to man-in-the-middle attacks that may jeopardize the security of home users, according to Bitdefender research. Kodi is mostly used by those who want to build their own home media centers without investing in dedicated hardware or software. This open-source solution is compatible with a wide range of operating systems (Linux,...

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...

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