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Android users offered $5 refund for useless anti-virus app

Earlier this month it was revealed that well over 10,000 Android users had bought an anti-virus app for $3.99 in the official Google Play store. The Virus Shield app, which claimed to "protect you and your personal information from harmful viruses, malware, and spyware", duly shot to the top of the charts, achieving an impressive 4.7 out of 5 rating from its users. There is only one problem. The app was use...

Hackers Breach NASA Database, Leak Account Credentials, Emails and Passwords

The GrenXPaRTa hackers group breached the systems of National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and leaked user accounts and email addresses with SHA-1 encrypted passwords, according to screen captures hackers posted on Twitter. On Friday the hackers posted two screen captures to prove they accessed systems of NASA's Ames research center.                                   Photo Credit: https://twi...

Backdoor Still Hidden in Patch for Wi-Fi Routers

The backdoor affecting Sercomm wireless DSL routers has not been fixed, and lays hidden in the latest version of the devices’ firmware to intercept users’ home traffic, according to Ars Technica. In December 2013, Eloi Vanderbecken discovered hackers could exploit his parents’ Linksys Wi-Fi router to gain administrative rights and manipulate local network resources without admin credentials. The device was ...

Hackers attempt to blackmail cosmetic surgery firm, after stealing up to 500,000 patients’ records

The personal details of nearly half a million people, considering cosmetic surgery, may have been accessed by hackers who then attempted to blackmail a leading chain of clinics. The online criminals struck last month, breaking into servers belonging to the Harley Medical Group, which has 21 clinics across the United Kingdom. According to the company, the information stolen was extracted from its website enq...

Are You Ready to Vote for HotforSecurity?

We’re excited to share with you that HotforSecurity and Bitdefender Labs have been nominated at the European Security Blogger Awards 2014 in London, April 29, held during the InfoSec Europe security event. HotForSecurity is competing against leading security bloggers in three major categories: Best Corporate Security Blog Most Entertaining Blog Grand Prix Prize for the Best Overall Security Blog Do you enjo...

The NSA knew about Heartbleed bug for two years, claims report

Has the United States' National Security Agency (NSA) really known about the Heartbleed bug (and presumably exploiting it for surveillance purposes) for two years? That's the claim being made by a Bloomberg report, which claims to have had the revelation confirmed to them by "two people familiar with the matter". If the allegation is true then serious questions will be asked regarding the danger raised by a...

In the wake of Heartbleed, watch out for phishing attacks, disguised as password reset emails

Everywhere you look people are panicking about the Heartbleed bug. And, to be fair, it is a very serious bug that does give malicious hackers, security researchers and snoopers the opportunity to spy upon what should have been private communications, and hoover up confidential information such as email addresses and passwords. The good news is that some of the affected websites and services have already tak...

Bogus Paid Antivirus App Tricks 10,000 Users

An illegitimate paid antivirus solution called Virus Shield was spotted retailing at $3.99 in the Android marketplace, the Android Police announced on their website. Some 10,000 people have downloaded Virus Shield in a week and 1,700 awarded the app with a 4.7 star rating. This translates in $40,000 in gains for the developer of the application, Deviant Solutions, a known scammer previously accused of tryin...

Anonymous Targets 500 Israeli Web Sites over Gaza Conflict

The Anonymous hacker group announced today that it attacked some 500 Israeli web sites during a coordinated offensive over the Gaza conflict, according to IBTimes. The cyber-attacks, most of them distributed denial of service, coincide with Holocaust Remembrance Day. Government and administration web sites were targeted most. “On April 7, 2014, we call upon our brothers and sisters to hack, deface, hijack, ...

Yahoo shows cavalier attitude to info-leaking Flickr vulnerability, but finally plugs privacy hole

I have long believed that for security to succeed inside a company, it really needs to be part of their DNA. You need to live-and-breathe security every day to have a proper chance of protecting your computers and sensitive data (and that of your customers and partners) from hackers and privacy breaches. Image credit: Yahoo And some companies just haven't got it yet. Yahoo, for instance, hasn't had the most...

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