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1.2 Percent of Google Play Store is Thief-Ware, Study Shows

More than 1 percent of some 420,646 apps are stolen from other developers and re-engineered for illicit gains, according to a new Bitdefender survey on Google Play. The study shows that applications uploaded by 2,140 verified developers are over 90% identical (library code aside) to the work of other developers on the official Android Store. To be considered a copy, the two software pieces need to share mor...

Music Industry Fights Unlicensed Lyrics Websites

The National Music Publishers Association, which represents US music publishers and songwriters, began sending takedown notices to some 50 websites that publish unlicensed song lyrics in an attempt to protect the music industry members from piracy.   The association uses the work of David Lowery, a researcher at the University of Georgia, to establish the list of websites that are not authorized to post son...

Facebook Concerned about their Users

Facebook has warned its users to change their login data to protect their accounts in the light of the recent Adobe breach. The world’s top social network sent some users a message asking them to change their authentication data as they happen to use the same password and e-mail to log in to both Adobe and Facebook accounts. [caption id="" align="alignnone" width="630"] Image credit: KrebsonSecurity[/captio...

MoboMarket Gets New Users via Scam

Upon downloading an innocent-looking application from APK Mania, an Android app distribution website, mobile users are scared into downloading an app for MoboMarket, an alternative app store. It all starts with a banner that notifies users their mobile device is infected more than 100,000 viruses and recommends them to install a dedicated Android antivirus. The disinfection kit is no antivirus for mobiles b...

Brits’ Bank Account Data under Threat

Half of a percent of all spam sent worldwide targets customers of some of the most popular British financial institutions and services, including Paypal, Lloyds Banking Group, HSBC Holdings, and Barclays Bank. The e-mails either deliver the banking Trojan Zeus or send fake bank forms to steal critical bank-related data by tricking people into typing in sensitive identification information, including banking...

Fake Lufthansa Ticket Reservation Plants Spyware on Germans’ PCs

Travelers who plan to fly Lufthansa on Nov. 4 may fall victim to the most recent malicious spam shower to hit the Internet as criminals seek to deploy spyware on their systems.    A lengthy fake message notifies travelers they have been issued an electronic ticket and invites them to do the online check-in in advance using the flight data in the attachment. Disguised as a PDF file with flight information, t...

Tricks Dress up as Treats for Cyber-Halloween

From the darkest corners of the Internet, Halloween offers are creeping out in the open to taunt users with jaw-dropping discounts, as reported by Bitdefender labs. Apart from unbelievable dumping prices on costumes, ink, replica watches and designer clothes, this year’s offer includes rogue AV and fake surveys. Fig 1. Seasonal discounts to replica watches Scammers use quite a few buzz word combinations to...

Tenda Wireless Routers Feature Backdoor

Some wireless router models produced by Chinese company Tenda Technology are vulnerable to remote attacks, says Craig Heffner, the researcher who also spotted the backdoor in D-Link routers. Unpacking the firmware update for the Tenda networking kit, Heffner found “suspicious code” that enables an unauthorized person to highjack the router “by sending a UDP packet with a special string.” Apparently the bug...

UN Atomic Agency Found Malware on Computers

The UN International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) stumbled upon malware in some of its computers in its second IT security incident since last year. "During the past months, some computers operated by the IAEA have been infected by malware," said Serge Gas, a spokesperson with the IAEA. "No data from the IAEA network has been affected." The malware-infected computers were located at the agency headquarters i...

Android Malvertising Scam Promises Antivirus, Delivers Lifetime Subscription to Ringtones

A banner delivered by an InMobi advertising SDK included in several legitimate applications for Android smartphones was found deploying a scareware-type attack on innocent users, Bitdefender researchers  uncovered. This scam appeared as a pop-up ad delivered by an advertising SDK that can be found in a lot of legitimate applications, among which an older version of the legitimate Brightest Flashlight Free ®...

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