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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...

Hackers Grab Yahoo Credentials through Mail Activity Reports Campaign

Yahoo users are being targeted by a new phishing campaign that helps hackers grab their credentials and hijack accounts. Bitdefender was already blocking the malicious URLs spreading in inboxes worldwide. The phishing campaign starts with messages that bypass the e-mail provider’s antispam filters, reaching the Inbox folder. The e-mails pose as "mail activity reports" and copy Yahoo’s email format to look l...

UGG Fans Targeted with Black Friday Phishing Campaign

Spammers are using the name of popular Australian boot maker UGG to trick thousands of people into giving away personal information on bogus retail sites, Bitdefender warns. The antivirus provider has spotted a seasonal spam campaign luring people to fake retail websites with offers of huge discounts and attractive imagery. Hoping to refresh their e-mail address databases, spammers have crafted email subjec...

Thousands Fall with Each Hour for Free Audi R8 Facebook Scam

Over 200,000 Facebook users have fallen prey to a like-farming scam promising two free Audi R8 cars, and thousands join the victim list with each hour, according to antivirus software provider Bitdefender. The bait spreads on fraudulent web pages and Audi communities, and also targets car lovers with malicious videos picturing Audi R8 in a race against Nissan GT-R. Bitdefender was already detecting the malw...

‘Facebook at Work’ Could Increase Security Risks

The ‘Facebook at Work’ project could raise even more security and privacy issues than the regular social network, according to Bitdefender security experts. The antivirus software specialists warn of the numerous scams that could flood the new project if the company neglects thorough security measures. As Facebook allegedly crafts an office-dedicated social network, Bitdefender warns about e-threats that co...

New iOS and OS X Malware Infects Non-Jailbroken Apple Devices

WireLurker is the “biggest in scale” iOS and OS X malware to install “trojanized” apps through USB connections on non-jailbroken iOS devices, according to a report by Palo Alto Networks. “WireLurker is now the only known active, non-jailbroken malware threat putting over 800 million iOS devices at risk,” the report says. In the past six months, the new malware family infected 467 OS X apps on the Maiyadi Ap...

Anyone Can Fall Victim to Facebook Scams; Top 5 Bait Categories in Last 2 Years

Anyone could fall victim to Facebook scams, such as the classic “guess who viewed your profile” scam and others, Bitdefender behavior analysts warn. A two-year study by the antivirus software provider reveals that scammers infect millions of Facebook users with the same repackaged tricks. The team of behavior analysts and psychologists analyzed the five scam categories and revealed there is no such thing as...

Dyre Banking Trojan Still Phishing for Data, US-CERT Warns

A new phishing campaign employs the Dyre banking Trojan to steal account credentials from enterprises and financial institutions, according to an alert by the Department of Homeland Security. In the advisory, US-CERT said the phishing campaign uses various tactics, but mostly malicious PDF email attachments to download malware. “Phishing emails used in this campaign often contain a weaponized PDF attachment...

New Scareware Campaign Tricks Users with Fake Antivirus

A new type of scareware advertisement tricks users into believing their systems are infected and need expert help to remove the malware, Bitdefender warns. The malware-spreading mechanism is quite simple: the fake AV ads pop up unexpectedly when browsing the web, after the user’s computer has been previously infected with adware. Malicious ads usually enter the system under the form of an innocent-looking b...

Bitdefender Warns Stock Brokers of New ‘Wolf of Wall Street’ Scam

Millions of penny stock spam emails have been flooding inboxes these days, spreading a new ‘Wolf of Wall Street’ scam and inflating stock values of a mineral deposit company based in Canada, according to the Bitdefender Antispam Lab. With over 3 million unique samples, the wave started to grow last Thursday and soon became the largest stock spam attack in 2014, and also the most successful. The transactions...

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