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Russian Hackers Promise Anti-Government Software, Deliver Kelihos Trojan Instead, Bitdefender Warns

A self-proclaimed hacker community from Russia installs data-stealing malware on users’ machines by pretending the software was designed to attack Western governments and the US, according to antivirus software company Bitdefender.  With the Ukrainian conflict in mind, hackers have crafted ingenious spam messages that help them deliver the Trojan to those who support the Russian “cause” and dislike measures...

Gaza Tension Fuels Cyber-Warfare on Israel in #OpSaveGaza; Web Sites Breached, Defaced

Growing tension over the Gaza strip has moved into cyber-space as hackers increasingly target Israel for the country’s recent bombings and air strikes. As Israel’s military seems to strike on ground, an apparent army of hackers is retaliating against Israeli web sites and sensitive data. Many Israel-based web sites have been defaced in the past week, regardless of their actual purpose, and messages related ...

Scammers Cite Huffington Story of Lost Japanese Riches to Dupe Victims

“Nigerian” scammers are citing media outlets such as The Huffington Post to lend credit to their enrichment promises. A new wave of bogus messages is flooding inboxes with the temptation of gaining deposit funds from a developer allegedly killed in the 2011 tsunami and earthquake in Japan. “Hello Dear, I am Kokoschki Zwang. I worked as the Documents Caretaker to late JACOBOWSKY BLASCHKO who was an Internati...

Parking Fine Scam Drops Zbot on Computers in UK

A wave of parking fine spam continues to infect computers in the UK with Zeus, or the Zbot Trojan, seeking to steal confidential information, according to Bitdefender. So far, the security company blocked the Trojan from infecting hundreds of computers. The 'reminder notice' e-mails purporting to be from the UK's Ministry of Justice started to invade UK inboxes a couple of months ago. The wave registered a ...

18 per cent of SMBs Still Use XP, Face Security Risks, Bitdefender Warns

Almost one in five small and medium businesses worldwide are exposed to major security risks as they are still using Windows XP after Microsoft ended support for the operating system, according to a three-month study by antivirus software provider Bitdefender. The research, conducted in countries such as the US, the UK, Australia, Germany, Spain and Brazil, proved that businesses still rely on the legacy Mi...

‘Can I Post These Pictures on Facebook?’ Polite IM Trojan Asks

Over 1,300 systems got infected with the latest Instant Messaging Trojan, which uses polite social engineering and biblical verses to hide encrypted data, Bitdefender warns. The antivirus software provider spotted an increasing wave of infections in the past week in countries such as the US, the UK, Germany, Canada, France, Denmark, Japan and Romania. After gaining access to users’ contact lists, Gen:Varian...

Spotify warns of unauthorized access to its systems, after Android user hacked

Whenever a company publishes a blog post called something like "Important notice to our users" you should know to sit up and listen. Chances are, it's serious and might involve the site's security and your privacy. That's exactly the kind of article which has been published on Spotify's blog today by the music streaming service's CTO Oskar Stål: Part of the message read: We’ve become aware of some unauthori...

Animal Lovers Lose Thousands of Dollars after Falling for Pet Scams

Animal lovers who fall for online pet scams lose hundreds or even thousands of dollars while trying to buy or relocate cats and dogs or exotic animals such as African parrots and fennec foxes, according to Bitdefender. The antivirus software provider recently blocked a wave of fraudulent web sites promising pet relocation and related services. Fake sellers and shippers ask for advance money for flight insur...

Hackers Steal Google Account Passwords in Better Crafted Phishing Attack

Hackers grab Google account passwords in a new, better crafted phishing attack that is hard to catch with traditional heuristic detection. A particularity in how Google Chrome displays data: URIs makes Chrome users more vulnerable. The phishing attack also targets Mozilla Firefox users. With access to users’ Google accounts, hackers can buy apps on Google Play, hijack Google+ accounts and access confidentia...

WooThemes hacked. Premium WordPress theme manufacturer warns of credit card leak

There's potentially some rather bad news today if you are a customer of WooThemes, the popular WordPress theme manufacturer. The first sign of a possible problem at WooThemes, was yesterday when the company's code ninjas tweeted that it was "looking into issues" with its payment gateway. Today, in a blog post, the company confirmed that it had received approximately 300 reports from customers of fraudulent ...

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