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Empty MS Office Documents Spark Suspicions, Bitdefender Says

Bitdefender, the innovative antivirus software provider, is warning MS Office users against a spam campaign that tricks antispam filters to allow spam freely into mailboxes. A clean Microsoft Office file is attached to these e-mails. Or so it seems! If you recently received an odd tax return or a remittance from a bank, you might not want to open the file. For a few days, cybercriminals have sent targeted e...

Facebook Tag Scams are Back with Malicious Payload

Bad week-end for Facebook users: a malicious tagging campaign ended up infecting at least 5 thousand computer users with a backdoor. This three-day campaign has been actively mirrored by the cyber-criminal(s) in order to prevent an early takedown. UPDATE: there are a number of similar scams in circulation as of today which are targeting particullarly Spanish-speaking users. Unlike the scam we documented bel...

Win a MacBook Air with Bitdefender #hugamac

Here’s your chance to win a brand new 13” MacBook Air by just posting a selfie with your current Mac, followed by the hashtag #hugamac. You can use Facebook, Twitter, and even Instagram to immortalize the love for your Mac, as long as you upload the selfie by February 28th, 18:00 PM (GTM+2), at the latest. Guys and gals, feel free to go all artistic with these selfies, as long as we can make sure that it’s...

Hottest Snapchats – Another Early 2015 Facebook Scam!

A spam campaign revealing the 10 “hottest snapchats” is a new entry to the long list of Facebook scams flooding the social media platform in 2015, according to Bitdefender Online Threats. The Labs of the security software provider blacklisted dozens of fraudulent websites promising snapchats and other leaked ‘goodies.’ The male-oriented campaign is promoted on websites with tags such as “trendingusa,” “vira...

Notepad++ Defaced by Islamist Hackers after ‘Je suis Charlie’ Edition

Islamist hackers defaced Notepad++ after the open-source text editor released a “Je suis Charlie” edition, according to Softpedia. The hacking group dubbed the ‘Fallaga Team,’ allegedly from Tunisia, breached the website on January 12. The hack surfaced two days after the launch of the special Notepad++ edition, created in support of the shooting incident at the ‘Charlie Hebdo’ newspaper in France. The hack...

Top 10 Data Breaches of 2014; Lessons Learned for a Safer 2015

2014 was a memorable year for large-scale cybersecurity breaches. Target started the year on the wrong foot, exposing 110 million people’s personal information. Then, Sony Pictures proved to be one of the worst corporate breaches ever. It left us wondering … Will we make the same mistakes in 2015 or will we learn to secure our data better? Let’s start by reviewing the year’s largest security breaches. Ebay...

Top 5 Social Media Security Predictions of 2015

Mobile ransomware, targeted job fraud, and Trojans lurking behind shocking videos are all expected to make their appearance on social media in 2015, security software solutions provider Bitdefender warns. Studies in the last year on Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter allowed Bitdefender security researchers to forecast future trends. While the trends seem mainly dangerous for individual social media users, grow...

Stalkers, Nude Photos and Beheadings: Top Facebook Scams and Malware Attacks in 2014

Millions of people fell for Facebook scams in 2014. They lost money, reputation and even their jobs after simply clicking on the wrong social media link. Though security experts, companies and tech-savvy users militate against Facebook cyber-attacks, unwary users fall victims to scams on the social network every day, and veteran users continue to fall for the same old e-threats. Here are the seven most dang...

Nine of the Most Deceiving Malware Threats of 2014

2014’s cybersecurity events – high-level security breaches, large scale vulnerabilities and endless privacy debates - have reshaped the world’s perception of digital safety. No one feels truly safe anymore. Behind every cyber tragedy lies a malicious piece of code designed to cause as much damage as possible - to steal identities, corporate secrets or simply to prove a point. In hopes of a safer 2015, we’re...

Huge privacy flaw uncovered in mobile phone networks

In the last year or so there's been a lot of bad news about how intelligence agencies and hackers can exploit weaknesses in internet communications to snoop upon our conversations and private messages. Indeed, such has been the avalanche of revelations that it's not uncommon at all to hear security researchers advise you to turn off your phone's WiFi, and communicate via regular calls vand SMS messages inst...

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