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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,...

New Facebook Tag Scam Installs Fake Security Add-on, Bitdefender Warns

Facebook tag scams have re-emerged, Bitdefender warns. Today's scam starts with an attractive video capture posted on users' Walls. Twenty of the victims' Facebook friends are tagged in the post, so those who have not tweaked their privacy settings will be tagged without their consent. Once users click to see the video, they are redirected to a suspicious-looking URL which displays a spoofed Youtube page. I...

New Wave of Android Ransomware Lurks Behind FBI Porn Warning, Bitdefender Warns

Thousands of Android users are at risk of having their mobile devices and private contents locked by a particularly ruthless ransomware demanding 500$ to restore access to their smartphone, according to anti-malware provider Bitdefender. A fresh strain of spam emails containing malicious .apk files has hit inboxes of Android users in the last few days. Bitdefender has detected over 15,000 spam emails, inclu...

How Does Ransomware Work? The Ultimate Guide to Understanding Ransomware – Part II

Now that we’ve been introduced to ransomware, let’s see how it spreads and infects machines. How does it enter systems? Common penetration techniques include: Spam and social engineering Direct drive-by-download or malvertising Malware installation tools and botnets When ransomware first hit the scene a few years ago, computers predominantly got infected when users opened e-mail attachments containing malwa...

7 Most Used Exploits In The Wild, According to Bitdefender

Heartbleed, Shellshock and Poodle gave the world a sudden shock in 2014 - their severity and widespread effect left hundreds of millions of users uncertain of their safety.  But do cyberattacks really strike out of the blue? The past few years have been marked by the emergence of exploit kits. These tools are usually hosted on compromised servers and served like regular web pages. Once the user lands on one...

Money or Data? The Ultimate Guide to Understanding Ransomware – Part I

Not long ago, a man committed suicide after an automatically generated notice from a computer virus threatened him with jail unless he paid a ransom thousands of dollars. The year was 2014. As incredible as the story seems, it marked the first known time a computer virus actually killed somebody. The next generations stole cash from users around the globe, and Cryptolocker raised the stakes - holding data o...

The Trouble with Installing Unofficial Browser Extensions

Google has extended its ban on unofficial Google Chrome extensions. This means developers and Mac users will have to install extensions from the official Chrome Web Store, according to recent news reports. The initiative, launched a year ago, aimed to eradicate malicious browser extensions that ruined users’ browsing experience by slowing the system down, injecting adware or silently tracking browsing activ...

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...

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