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Buggy Webcams, IP Cameras and Baby Monitors Reveal Too Much to Anyone

Some models of webcams, IP surveillance cameras and baby monitors from Chinese manufacturer Foscam have vulnerable firmware that permits anyone with access to the device’s Internet address to catch live streaming and even record videos. Camera experts reported on the company’s support portal that many Foscam cameras can too easily be accessed by unauthorized persons with only the device’s Internet address a...

FBI Arrested Two Men in the “Revenge Porn” Hackings Case

The former owner of the “Revenge Porn” website and an alleged accomplice were detained on Thursday on charges of conspiracy, seven counts of aggravated identity theft and seven counts of unauthorized access to protected computers. Former web site owner Hunter Moore, 27, is accused of having paid accomplice Charles Evens to break into hundreds of e-mail accounts to steal nude explicit pictures and display th...

‘Password’ Ousted by ‘123456’ as Most Popular Password

After lingering for years as the second-choice of computer users, “123456” overtook “Password” to become the world’s most popular – and worst - password in 2013. “Password” fell to second place after two years in the spotlight, as reported by Splashdata – a security firm that puts together a yearly list of the worst password-choices on the web. Adobe was unwittingly the main provider of raw material for the...

ATMs Must Upgrade from Windows XP in 2014

Banks have no choice but to upgrade their ATM systems this year when Microsoft cuts off the technical support for Windows XP – the operating system most used by cash machines worldwide. “Windows XP powers more than 95 percent of the world’s machines and a similar percentage in the US” says Robert Johnson, marketing director of NCR, one of the largest ATM suppliers in US, as reported by Bloomberg Businesswee...

Jennifer Aniston More Dangerous than Rihanna in Spam

Jennifer Aniston outshone Rihanna and Miley Cyrus in the eye of spammers, according to a Bitdefender study on the spam circulating in October and November 2013. Aniston is mentioned in 19 percent of spam messages that include celebrity names, followed by Rihanna with 16 percent and Selena Gomez at 13 percent. Using trending celebrity names as bait is a common practice of scammers seeking to push fake survey...

Random Germans Threatened with Lawsuits, Infected by Malware

German citizens have been threatened these days with costly fines, law suits and jail on grounds of Copyright infringement via bogus e-mails that look as if sent by law firm Urmann (U+C). Malware opens door to potential malicious invasions. The official-looking e-letters inform people they have illegally streamlined a copyrighted pornographic video for which they owe a fine of over 3,000 euros. The message...

Bad Version of Vulna Active on Google Play – in GTA V PC Countdown

GTA V PC Countdown, a rather popular application on Google Play, incorporates a vulnerable version of ad-serving framework AppLovin, also known as Vulna. It’s extremely aggressive at collecting private information via applications that register hundreds of millions of installs. Vulna is also vulnerable to arbitrary code execution, as demonstrated by two Bitdefender researchers in a proof-of-concept exploit....

Cyber Thieves Target Account Data of Virgin Media Customers

E-mails allegedly sent by Virgin Media tell users their billing subscription expired and the associated e-mail account will be suspended unless they provide their login data, warns Virgin Media on their website.   But the message is fake - sent by cyber-crooks hoping to con its recipients into revealing account login details, personal and money-related information. Their targets are Virgin Media customers f...

Best Practices for Holiday Shopping Season

Halloween, Thanksgiving, Black Friday, Cyber Monday and Christmas are the shopping highlights at the end of the year. And people do shop, in-store or online, and continue to be vulnerable to bargains, deals, aggressive discounts and holiday vouchers. Seasonal shoppers are easily won over by online offers. A National Retail Federation survey revealed that, even though people are spending less money on averag...

Fake Donation Requests for Victims of the Typhoon in Philippines

Would you like to help victims of the recent typhoon that devastated the Philippines? Well, don’t do it via e-mails or directly to people who may be only posing as social workers or Red Cross Philippines reps. Some may consider lending a hand to help people in Philippines get back on their feet. Spammers anticipated precisely this kind of warm-hearted wishes in a recent scam campaign of false donations. The...

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