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He hacked, he stole porn, he spied. But British man isn’t going to jail

Is there any consistency in how hackers are treated by courts around the world? It's a rhetorical question, of course, because we all know the answer. Of course there is no consistency. Just take the case of convicted British hacker Ryan Thompson this week, for instance. 26-year-old Thompson was sentenced to a six month suspended prison sentence at Warrington Crown Court last Friday after admitting hacking...

“Deceptive site ahead”: Google helps protect users from deceitful download buttons

There is a good chance you benefit from Google's Safe Browsing API without even realising it. Popular browsers such as Chrome, Firefox and Safari use the Google Safe Browsing service to check whether a webpage they are about to visit is suspicious, or is known to contain any threats (such as phishing forms or malware). Google Safe Browsing already helps protect surfers from some of the risk of downloading a...

Sophisticated CAPTCHA-Bypassing Malware Found in Google Play, According to Bitdefender Researchers

A sophisticated CAPTCHA-bypassing Android malware has been found harbored in Google Play apps seeking to covertly subscribe thousands of users to premium-rate services. Identified by Bitdefender as Android.Trojan.MKero.A, the malware was first spotted in late 2014, but was only distributed via third-party marketplaces or local popular social networks in Eastern Europe. One of the most affected countries was...

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,...

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...

Slack Got Hacked. Change Your Password Now!

Popular team messaging service Slack has just started notifying users about a security breach suffered earlier in February. According to the blog entry detailing on the incident, a group of unknown hackers have gotten access to a database containing user information like usernames and their corresponding e-mail addresses, hashed and salted passwords, as well as additional profile fields. The window of oppor...

Spammers are After Apple Credentials, Bitdefender Warns

Emails claiming to come from Apple are being sent to English-speaking users to lure them into giving away their financial data, Bitdefender warns. Attackers ask unsuspecting users to review their billing information in a well-crafted message. Once they click on the “Reset now” link, the login screen asks them to enter their Apple ID and password. Next, users are asked to fill in account information, includi...

Bitdefender Adware Removal Tool Removes Superfish Root Certificate from Lenovo Computers

Bitdefender has updated its Adware Removal Tool to remove the Superfish root certificate shipped with Lenovo computers. The self-signed root certificate behaves in much the same way as a man-in-the-middle attack, as it could allow the E-commerce Service (Superfish) to collect any type of data sent over secure channels. By injecting ads into webpages and search engine results, Superfish behaves like a potent...

GitHub Spammed to Sell Repair Services, Bitdefender Alerts

Popular code repository GitHub is full of annoying sales messages from Indonesian spammers, Bitdefender researchers found. The developer community is under siege after sales messages have poisoned a large number of project threads, much to the annoyance of GitHub members. “Someone used the code of my plugin to sell stuff I’ve never heard about,” a developer said. An account owner, under the name of Rx150, p...

Wearable Plain-Text Communication Exposed Through Brute-Force, Bitdefender Finds

The 6-digit pin code used to obfuscate Bluetooth communication between smartwatches and Android devices can be brute-forced into exposing messages in plain-text, according to Bitdefender’s Research Team. Everything from SMS messages to Facebook or Google Hangouts chats are constantly being forwarded to your smartwatch. So all this communication should be safe, right? It turns out that, with a little ingenui...

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