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AV-Comparatives names Bitdefender ‘Product of the Year’

Bitdefender, the innovative antivirus company, won the Product of the Year award from leading independent testing organization AV-Comparatives. The prize adds to Bitdefender 2015’s four Editor’s Choice awards from PC MAG, as well as the highest overall score for protection from AV-TEST and a host of other coveted industry awards. The AV-Comparatives tests are the most highly regarded by top reviewers such a...

Puush accidentally infects Windows users with password-stealing malware

Puush describes itself as a "quick and simple way to share screenshots". Unfortunately, it also seems to be a quick and simple way to infect your Windows computer with malware, that might steal your passwords. That's not, of course, by design - but the result of what appears to be the accidental distribution of a malware-infected update pushed out to Windows users. Bitdefender user Graham Barker was one of...

Hackers hijack school Twitter account, post photoshopped image of teacher in his underpants

We all know that kids can get up to japes and mischief at school. I myself remember rallying together a crack squad of classmates to kidnap our school's Christmas tree in 1987, for instance. Chances are many of us have similar tales to tell of tomfoolery. But now a British school has found itself the victim of an online prank, with its Twitter account hacked and revealing images purportedly of its head teac...

Fugitive posts on Snapchat that he’s hiding in the cupboard, while police search his house

Is this the dumbest fugitive ever? Meet 24-year-old Christopher Wallace, wanted by police in Somerset County, Maine, in connection with the theft of a wood stove earlier this year from a sporting camp, and violation of administrative release. Well, this weekend, Wallace made it remarkably easy for police officers to find him. The first thing he did was post a message on Snapchat, telling his friends that he...

Post-hack, Twitch users told to reset passwords… but they don’t have to make them too long

Video game streaming service Twitch posted a security alert yesterday, announcing that hackers had compromised its systems and users' personal details may have been exposed. An email sent out to some users, described the type of information that online criminals may have been able to access: ...there may have been unauthorized access to some of your Twitch user account information, including possibly your T...

New POSeidon Malware Spotted in the Wild

A new breed of sophisticated POS malware steals credit card numbers from POS machines, according to Cisco researchers. The malware family, dubbed “POSeidon,” infects machines to scrape memory for credit card information and exfiltrates the data for “harvesting and likely resale.” RAM scraping is an old attack technique that has, in recent years, been repurposed to compromise payment systems. The malware beh...

China’s Anti-Censorship Service Hit by First DDoS Attack

GreatFire.org, the non-profit organization helping Chinese Internet users bypass the censorship of the Great Firewall, reports that its mirror sites are flooded with 2.6 billion requests per hour, or 2,500 times more traffic than usual. In a blog post, the organization admitted it was overwhelmed by the attack, which is the first disruption the company has ever faced. GreatFire.org says the attack, which be...

Cyberattack on Healthcare Provider Leaks Data of 11 Million Patients

US healthcare provider Premera Blue Cross disclosed it was victim of a cyberattack that exposed details of around 11 million customers, according to an official statement. Attackers gained access to a vast volume of customer data in a breach in May of last year, including clinical information, bank account numbers, Social Security numbers and birth dates. About 6 million of those affected are residents of W...

Dark web drug market Evolution vanishes off the net, taking millions of dollars with it

Remember Silk Road? The infamous underground marketplace that made millons of dollars while its members bought and sold drugs and firearms was shut down in 2013, and its mastermind Ross "Dread Pirate Roberts" Ulbricht facing prison for the rest of his life. Well, nature abhors a vacuum. So it's no surprise to see others attempt to take over where the Silk Road left off. As Wired reports, one of the sites -...

Bad news Android malware – Google Play apps and updates must now pass human review

In a major change in the way that it handles app submissions from developers, Google says it's going to do more to prevent malicious and dodgy Android apps from entering the official Google Play store. Up until now, Google has been criticised for being lackadaisical in its approach to what apps can be listed in the official Android marketplace, causing some observers to describe the Google Play store as an...

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