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Top 5 Wi-Fi Hotspot Locations to Avoid on Your Holiday

Whenever you go on holiday, you end up taking all your personal data. The information on your personal phone, laptop or other smart device is at more risk of being compromised or stolen on holiday than when you’re at home or work. While vacations are all about family time, the digital evolution has opened up new to your privacy and data, especially since we’ve become so addicted to posting photos on social...

100 Million Records on Sale after Russian Social Networking Site Breach

100 million accounts, including user names, logins and phone numbers, were allegedly stolen in a VK.com hack, then put on sale for US$580 in bitcoins, LeakedSource reported. As the Russian social networking site was breached approximately three or four years ago and it is common for hackers to attempt to sell fake lists, LeakedSource is currently investigating the legitimacy of these accounts. LeakedSource...

Smart switch may turn off your Wi-Fi for good

You might be risking your privacy, and even physical security, if you use a next-generation switch to control appliances in your home. Image source: Flickr In analyzing several IoT devices, Bitdefender found the Wi-Fi-enabled WeMo Switch is vulnerable to weak access point authentication and may leave users without their private Wi-Fi credentials. The WeMo switch can turn plugged-in electronic devices on or...

Android Malware Promises Porn, but Roots Device and Installs Other Malware

Android malware is not unusual; we’ve even seen it pop up in Google’s Marketplace app on several occasions. Increasing in both sophistication and stealthiest, Android malware has mostly been a nuisance on third-party marketplaces, such as in China, where it continues to thrive. Why third party marketplaces? As Google’s Bouncer does a pretty good job at identifying malicious apps – for the most part – Androi...

Forget luxury cars, you can get your data stolen with this Facebook scam

We’ve seen dozens of scams in our digital lives post Facebook, yet this particular one captured my attention with the impressive number of Likes and Shares. Over 90k people are following a Facebook community that promises to give away free luxury cars in exchange for Likes, Shares and some personal data. The flow is as follows – the user lands on the “Range Rover 2016.” Page/community after seeing in his Ne...

Facebook patches serious login flaw found by Bitdefender vulnerability researcher

Have you tried creating a Facebook account under someone’s name and then use it to access his/her online accounts? Accounts you know that person manages on e-commerce or travel sites, so you could book a flight or order a smart TV on her behalf? Ionut Cernica did exactly that. He helped Facebook patch a serious login vulnerability that allowed rogue users to access online accounts via Facebook’s social logi...

Music streaming can leave homes open to hacking

As far-fetched as it may sound, listening to music might endanger your privacy, Bitdefender research shows. Bitdefender IoT researchers analyzed a Wi-Fi audio receiver and found it susceptible to brute-force attacks and poor authentication practices. The risk of unsafe protocols The MUZO Cobblestone works as a Wi-Fi audio receiver or as a standalone music player and can be connected to home routers to allow...

The dark side of IoT lighting devices

Smart lighting IoT devices are prone to attacks that expose households and inhabitants to discomfort, but more importantly, mass surveillance, privacy exposure and data theft. Bitdefender researchers analyzed the LIFX bulb – a successful crowdfunding project started in September 2012 - and found it vulnerable to traffic interception. Coincidentally, the LIFX product has been subjected to a hacking experimen...

Porn Clicker Malware Nesting in Google Play

It’s not the first time Android’s Google Play has been found harboring a malicious application that both hides its presence and performs activities that generate some form of revenue for the attacker. Last year we not only saw the proliferation of aggressive adware, but also some new CAPTCHA-bypassing threats that subscribed users to a premium-rated number, both hosted in Google Official marketplace. A new...

Phishing surges, file-sharing takes lead as most targeted industry of Q1

Phishing through file-sharing services has soared in the past three months, making cloud-based file distribution services the most targeted sector of the first quarter of the year, Bitdefender found. Globally, file-sharing is being used to spread phishing scams more than the retail and payment industries, the traditional favorites of hackers. Almost one in five malicious URLs uses a file-sharing service to...

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