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He hacked, he stole porn, he spied. But British man isn’t going to jail

Is there any consistency in how hackers are treated by courts around the world? It's a rhetorical question, of course, because we all know the answer. Of course there is no consistency. Just take the case of convicted British hacker Ryan Thompson this week, for instance. 26-year-old Thompson was sentenced to a six month suspended prison sentence at Warrington Crown Court last Friday after admitting hacking...

“Deceptive site ahead”: Google helps protect users from deceitful download buttons

There is a good chance you benefit from Google's Safe Browsing API without even realising it. Popular browsers such as Chrome, Firefox and Safari use the Google Safe Browsing service to check whether a webpage they are about to visit is suspicious, or is known to contain any threats (such as phishing forms or malware). Google Safe Browsing already helps protect surfers from some of the risk of downloading a...

CryptoWall 4.0 returns to the wild, posing as good guy

The infamous CryptoWall ransomware family is back, encrypting files under the false pretenses of testing AV solutions for their’ “suitability” to protect data. “CryptoWall Project is not malicious and is not intended to harm a person and his/her information data. The project is conducted for the sole purpose of instruction in the field of information security, as well as certification of antivirus products...

Browser ransomware still active on porn sites; 50 countries affected

A global malvertising campaign is targeting porn site visitors from some 50 countries with demands for ransom to unblock their browser, Bitdefender research shows. Web visitors from the US, Denmark, Australia, Romania, Germany, Spain, France, Finland, the Netherlands and some other 40 countries are being redirected to a fake web page that requests money to restore access to browser functionalities. The camp...

Info-stealing Malware Hits German and English-speaking Users

The Ursnif malware family is back, this time targeting the private data and financial activity of German, Russian and English-speaking users, Bitdefender warns. Fig 1. Spam email in English Fig 2. Spam email in German Fig 3. Spam email in Russian Infection Data According to data from Bitdefender’s antispam labs, some 10000 emails were sent as part of a global spam campaign targeting mostly Russian, German a...

Adware Reaches Half of Mac OS X Threats, Bitdefender Says

Half of Mac OS users are complaining that ads and unwanted apps (PUA) are disrupting their browsing experience and endangering online safety, Bitdefender researchers found. Source: Apple forums Analyzing the OS X malware landscape of first semester of the year, Bitdefender found that adware accounts for almost half of all Mac OS X threats in the US (46 per cent) and Germany (45 per cent). And it gets more b...

Sophisticated CAPTCHA-Bypassing Malware Found in Google Play, According to Bitdefender Researchers

A sophisticated CAPTCHA-bypassing Android malware has been found harbored in Google Play apps seeking to covertly subscribe thousands of users to premium-rate services. Identified by Bitdefender as Android.Trojan.MKero.A, the malware was first spotted in late 2014, but was only distributed via third-party marketplaces or local popular social networks in Eastern Europe. One of the most affected countries was...

Ashley Madison Scams: Extremely Convincing and Dangerous

37 million people were registered to online dating site Ashley Madison before it got hacked. Intimate details about millions of users were exposed to the world. Embarrassment, million-dollar lawsuits, bounties on hacker heads and alleged suicides soon followed.   The media took full advantage of the juicy story, of course. But journalists aren’t the only ones. Scammers also paid attention, targeting those i...

First Ransomware Disguised as Windows 10 Upgrade, Bitdefender Warns

Don’t be fooled by fake emails offering updates to operating systems and other software! Cyber-extortionists are trying to take advantage of the millions of people looking for a free system upgrade to Windows 10. Cybercriminals are spreading CTB Locker via fake emails claiming to install Windows 10 kits, Bitdefender Antispam Labs found. Attackers demand 2 Bitcoins (worth $600) be paid within 96 hours to res...

Kodi Media Center Vulnerability Exposes Users to Man-in-the-Middle Attacks

Home media player software Kodi (formerly known as XBMC) has been found vulnerable to man-in-the-middle attacks that may jeopardize the security of home users, according to Bitdefender research. Kodi is mostly used by those who want to build their own home media centers without investing in dedicated hardware or software. This open-source solution is compatible with a wide range of operating systems (Linux,...

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