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New Viral Video Scam on Facebook: ‘Girl Killed by Husband for Kissing Another Man’

A new viral video scam has lured thousands of Facebook users with a fake tape of a girl killed by her husband because she kissed another man, according to Bitdefender. The antivirus software provider revealed the scam continues to claim victims among curious social networkers, and drops adware or malicious code on targeted computers. More than 4,000 people apparently liked and shared the video, but the numb...

Tor Browser in Apple’s App Store Still Packed with Spyware and Adware

The Tor Browser in Apple’s app store is allegedly still packed with spyware and adware despite repeated complaints, according to Softpedia. The tech giant hasn’t yet removed the application that is said to be fake. Tor president Roger Dingledine is seeking help from experts in the security industry.  “I mailed Window Snyder and Jon Callas to see if they can get us past the bureaucracy,” Tor Project’s co-fou...

Hackers Break IT Website to Steal E-mail Passwords via Copy for Payment Scam

Users are targeted once again by scammers, who launched a new spam campaign to steal their e-mail passwords. This time, cyber-crime groups broke into a legitimate software solutions website to spread phishing and adware. The same domain is also hosting Trojans for further attacks. “Our continuing effort to discover and increase knowledge & understanding through disciplined research enables us to deliver...

User Privacy Plunges as Android Aggressive Aware and Malware Rise

With adware gleaning more user data from people devices than they would normally need too and developers bundle more than one adware framework into their apps, user privacy is increasingly taking a backseat to profit for developers and advertisers. More and more unknown third parties now have access to user browsing history, phone numbers, email address and everything they need to compile comprehensive and ...

Mozilla Upgrade Angers Adware Industry

Mozilla’s announcement that it will block third-party cookies stirred controversy in the adware industry, raising complaints that halting the practice commonly used to target individual users with tailored ads is “dangerous and highly disturbing”. The decision will result in internet users being spammed by irrelevant ads instead of highly targeted ones, said Dan Jaffe, vice president of government relations...

Yontoo Trojan Used to Inject Advertisements in Browsers on Mac OS X

A new Mac OS X Trojan that injects advertisements in browser has been identified by Bitdefender’s Mac OS X researchers. This piece of malware does not attack the operating system, but rather disguises itself as a plugin for watching web videos to lure unwary victims into downloading, executing and installing a number of browser plugins for Safari, Chrome and Firefox. The infection occurs when the user visit...

Popular Android Apps Surreptitiously Skimming Sensitive Data and Uploading to Adware Services

Several of the most popular Android apps are skimming users’ phone numbers, e-mail addresses and other data and uploading it to third party servers that belong to companies specialized in advertising to Android users, according to a Bitdefender analysis. Paradise Island, Love Calculator, Samsung TV Media Player are among the popular apps that have adopted this practice, taking sensitive user data and upload...

Top 10 3Q E-Threats: Newer Threats Dominate

While the international malware top has barely changed for more than three years, with AutorunInf and Downadup easily dominating the e-threat landscape, malicious operations have reached a turning point in the last three months - older families of e-threats are fading away in the face of newer, more aggressive adware applications. Research in the past three months confirmed an old supposition that malware a...

Android Adware Breakdown: Benign Vs. Aggressive

Remember the old days when your PC was flooded by annoying pop-ups that sprung out of nowhere? That’s the type of aggressive adware that used to plague desktops and eventually caused system-wide errors. In some cases used to disseminate malware, such aggressive adware was a pain to remove and caused a lot of damage. We got so used to seeing ads while surfing the internet or checking our mail that we become ...

Adware Shifts Focus from Advertising to Data Harvesting

Adware – the annoying software most people know to irritate them with distracting ads – is increasingly taken on a more invasive form and often bundled with spyware as creators seek to tap the potential riches of the data harvesting business, according to Bitdefender research. Just like web advertising boosted the amount of user-generated content in the dot-com era, so has it done with software applications...

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