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Don’t be fooled! Bitdefender Anti-Prank Tool Does Not Exist

If you’ve been fooled by this app, be cautious! Our innocent app is meant to put a smile on your face, but thousands of rogue apps put your identity and online safety at risk. Scammers mean business when it comes to stealing your credit card number, passwords or installing malware on your devices, and they take advantage of your favorite apps to do so. Replicas of famous apps have recently fooled thousands...

Slack Got Hacked. Change Your Password Now!

Popular team messaging service Slack has just started notifying users about a security breach suffered earlier in February. According to the blog entry detailing on the incident, a group of unknown hackers have gotten access to a database containing user information like usernames and their corresponding e-mail addresses, hashed and salted passwords, as well as additional profile fields. The window of oppor...

Spammers are After Apple Credentials, Bitdefender Warns

Emails claiming to come from Apple are being sent to English-speaking users to lure them into giving away their financial data, Bitdefender warns. Attackers ask unsuspecting users to review their billing information in a well-crafted message. Once they click on the “Reset now” link, the login screen asks them to enter their Apple ID and password. Next, users are asked to fill in account information, includi...

Why is Facebook Blocking Apps from Reading News Feeds?

Facebook is working on its app development policy to exclude apps that access users’ News Feeds for a “living.” The company announced its new login features a year ago and, for apps and developers, time is almost up. Apps calling Facebook’s Graph API v1.0 have until April 30, 2015 to upgrade to newer versions and comply with the new login standards if they want to remain functional. This includes apps that...

Cryptowall Makes a Comeback Via Malicious Help Files (CHM)

A new spam wave has hit hundreds of mailboxes with malicious .chm attachments to spread the infamous Cryptowall ransomware, malware researchers from Bitdefender Labs found. Interestingly, hackers have resorted to a less “fashionable,” yet highly effective trick to automatically execute malware on a victim’s machine and encrypt its contents – malicious .chm attachments. Chm is an extension for the Compiled H...

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...

Is Somebody Else Reading Your Chat Conversations?

The Paris terrorist attacks fuelled governments’ not-so-secret desire to enhance mass surveillance at the cost of people’s privacy - by accessing private, encrypted communications sent via popular online services such as WhatsApp, Apple and Gmail. But can end-to-end encrypted services be intercepted and, if so, under what circumstances? Bitdefender offers insight from a security perspective. By definition,...

No More PORN?! 7 Type of Valentine’s Scams to Avoid this Year

Pornography is no longer scammers’ favorite bait! After analyzing a wave of scams spreading worldwide before the Valentine’s Day celebration, Bitdefender researchers have found that Valentine-themed spam containing links to pornographic videos has fallen to under 1% in 2015. But that doesn’t mean scammers have gone all romantic – they’re just resorting to other old tricks to leave them heart-broken, and bro...

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