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Scam Easter Basket Packed with Fake Vouchers, Viagra and Religious Fraud

Cyber-criminals are hiding dangerous goodies among the Easter eggs and chocolate bunnies that users are hoping for, warns antivirus software provider Bitdefender. The increasing wave of dangerous spam hitting the US, the UK and other countries these days invades users’ inboxes with offers for fake vouchers, personal loans, replica watches and dubious candy surveys. Personalized Easter baskets, bunnies, and ...

Warlords of Draenor Pre-Install Phishes for WoW players’ accounts

World of Warcraft players need to ignore the unexpected e-mails that pop up into their inboxes offering professional skills, automatic upgrades for the role of class 60. Because they are bogus.   Spammers have launched a new campaign offering fake Warlords of Draenor expansion pack, gifts, gold and upgrades, to trick WoW fans into filling out a phishing form and singlehandedly providing crooks with their pl...

Caution Advised as Heartbleed Poses Serious Security Threat

A potentially damaging flaw has been discovered with the OpenSSL libraries that will likely trigger reactions ranging from mild concern to paranoia.  We may never fully know the extent of the damage – or indeed if any damage at all was caused – but Bitdefender advises its customers to exercise caution. The Heartbleed bug could give anyone who knew about it unfettered access to secure web sites across the in...

Scammers Blitz Brits with Bogus Invoices

Scammers targeted Brits’ banking information with a malicious spam campaign that accounted for 0.5 percent of 3 million randomly chosen bogus messages in a matter of hours.  The e-mails hint at an alleged missed invoice and urge users to check attached files. Doing so infects users’ systems because the attachments hide a downloader of malware. The downloader Trojan (detected by Bitdefender as Trojan.Doawnlo...

Tinder Invaded by Bots Spreading ‘Castle Clash’ Downloads

A series of bots have invaded dating app Tinder and are spreading “Castle Clash” downloads after luring users with tempting profiles and pictures. The Bitdefender Labs are currently investigating both the Android application and the bots that seem to have stolen pictures from an Arizona-based photography studio. Some are also being used for fake Facebook profiles. After users swipe the right button on Tinde...

Old Pranks and Hoaxes Still Work

The spirit of April Fools’ Day is meant to be fun. But pranks and jokes turn sinister in the online world as fraudsters target innocent people in a diligent attempt to steal identities, money or infect systems with malware. Fraudsters pull a prank on taxpayers each year when they steal people’s rebate money from the IRS. Around this time of year, scammers send US citizens e-mails telling them to fill in a f...

Fans Tricked with Fake Bitdefender Antivirus Plus 2015

Bitdefender fans are not the only ones excited about the 2015 suite release in the works - scammers are also preoccupied with the new antivirus edition. They have started promoting fraudulent links on YouTube and Facebook promising the 2015 edition. The fake Bitdefender antivirus download posted on YouTube leads users to fraudulent surveys and premium SMS scams. The video had hundreds of views and several F...

Phishing and Adware Marks US Tax Season

Bitdefender has detected two types of scams that impersonate the Internal Revenue Service to phish for US citizens’ identification data as the country nears the end of tax season. The refund phishing scams promise users thousands of dollars in tax rebates and silently steal sensitive authentication data through phishing forms. The collected info is likely later sold on underground markets and used to steer ...

Wave of phishing and malware marks UK tax season

We know it’s UK tax season when spammers start sending Brits false tax refund forms by e-mail to steal identities and money-related information. Bitdefender Anti-Spam Lab points to a total of 10,000 tax-related e-mails sent in a single day in the first week of March.  E-mails scams promise users hundreds of pounds, then silently steal sensitive authentication data either through phishing forms or by deployi...

Nigerian Scams Turn Ukrainian

Scammers are seeking victims from among the good-hearted with fake distress e-mail cries allegedly from vacationers who cannot leave Ukraine. Amid the social and political strife in Ukraine, scammers have adjusted Nigerian scam scripts to hook kind-hearted strangers and have them send moderate sums of money to scammers’ accounts. Bitdefender anti-spam labs spotted a trend in the messages: They claim to come...

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