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New Scareware Campaign Tricks Users with Fake Antivirus

A new type of scareware advertisement tricks users into believing their systems are infected and need expert help to remove the malware, Bitdefender warns. The malware-spreading mechanism is quite simple: the fake AV ads pop up unexpectedly when browsing the web, after the user’s computer has been previously infected with adware. Malicious ads usually enter the system under the form of an innocent-looking b...

Bitdefender Warns Stock Brokers of New ‘Wolf of Wall Street’ Scam

Millions of penny stock spam emails have been flooding inboxes these days, spreading a new ‘Wolf of Wall Street’ scam and inflating stock values of a mineral deposit company based in Canada, according to the Bitdefender Antispam Lab. With over 3 million unique samples, the wave started to grow last Thursday and soon became the largest stock spam attack in 2014, and also the most successful. The transactions...

SSL 3.0 “Poodle” Flaw Opens Encrypted Data to Eavesdropping

A vulnerability in the design of the SSL 3.0 protocol can be exploited to intercept secure cookies transmitted between clients and servers in a reasonable amount of time, Google announced in blog post. Three Google researchers uncovered the “Poodle” (Padding Oracle On Downgraded Legacy Encryption) flaw which affects a large number of Internet-connected servers that can to fall back to the vulnerable SSL v3...

ShellShock Roundup: What to do if You are Vulnerable

A security vulnerability on the GNU Bourne Again Shell reported Wednesday is claiming victims in the wild. The flaw – known to the tech world as CVE-2014-6271 and CVE-2014-7169 - allows a remote attacker to run arbitrary code (read malware) on a vulnerable server under certain conditions. The most vulnerable targets to date are web servers that run Apache CGI scripts written in Bash or calling system() or p...

Linux, OS X Users May Be Vulnerable to Bash Flaw Exploit

A bug discovered in Bash Shell, a command-line interface used by Linux and Unix, could leave web servers, systems and embedded devices such as routers vulnerable to cyber-attacks. Cyber-criminals are getting ready to launch multiple attacks, and Bitdefender warns users and sys admins to be cautious with the vulnerability.  Although code allowing the exploit of Bash-using CGI scripts is already available on...

Malware Writers Target SMB Employees with Fake Policy Violation

A new cyber-crime attack tricks SMB employees into downloading Zbot and other Trojans by accusing them of violating company policy, according to antivirus software provider Bitdefender. The spam wave started to accelerate a week ago with dozens of unique .ARJ compressed files infecting computers, as the Bitdefender AntiSpam Laboratory has determined.  The malware attack is based on Zbot or Zeus, which inclu...

Dyre malware targets millions of Salesforce users, stealing passwords and bypassing 2FA

We're all used to the idea of malware which snoops upon our online banking, attempting to steal our login credentials to help hackers gain access to our bank accounts. Many of us are also aware of spyware trojan horses that target users of other websites, including popular webmail services or social networks, in the hope of plundering private information or using the platforms as a springboard for other att...

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...

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