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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...

US National Security Agency to Defend Against Cyber-Attacks from Military in Friendly Competition

Students from various US military academies will tackle the US National Security Agency in a friendly competition hosted by Lockheed Martin to simulate real-life hacking scenarios that affect government or private networks. The Cyber Defense Exercise (CDX) enables students to train under simulated attack conditions to build experience and prepare for actual scenarios. Saying that practice is vital for train...

Google Glasses Banned in Strip Clubs Too

While some bars have already expressed reluctance in accepting customers with Google Glasses, strip joints joined the bandwagon as the technology could be too disruptive and intrusive. Having the potential of being used to constantly record and broadcast videos; it raises serious privacy concerns for casinos, strip clubs, theaters and other places. Although Google Glasses have not yet been released, some ha...

Hassle-free Website Authentication with Mozilla’s Persona

The recently released second Beta of Mozilla’s Persona web-login technology introduced a new Identity Bridging feature that enables users to login to websites with no credentials other than their email address. While the first beta of Persona required that users register an email address with a Persona Identity Provider server (IdP), the new beta removes the need for first authenticating the email address w...

User Privacy Plunges as Android Aggressive Aware and Malware Rise

With adware gleaning more user data from people devices than they would normally need too and developers bundle more than one adware framework into their apps, user privacy is increasingly taking a backseat to profit for developers and advertisers. More and more unknown third parties now have access to user browsing history, phone numbers, email address and everything they need to compile comprehensive and ...

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