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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 ...

Facebook Follower Scam Prompts Victims to Inject Themselves with Dangerous Code

More than 17,000 Facebook users were tricked by a bold scam that promised them over 100,000 followers on the social network and made them willingly inject dangerous code in their browser. Bitdefender has started to analyze the dubious profile promoting the scam after several Facecrooks fans complained about the social engineering trick. Hackers behind the scam could be of Turkish origin. It all started with...

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...

National Geographic Fans Targeted with Mobile Scareware

Mobile users of the National Geographic website are targeted with scareware saying they have been infected with malware, according to the Bitdefender Labs. They are then abusively redirected to a Google Play app that would clean their Android device. The ad poses as a message from the news.nationalgeographic.com page. “Your Android has been infected with a virus,” the deceptive alert reads. “Tap OK to remov...

Scammers Turning to Facebook for Targeting, Research Shows

Scammers are increasingly taking advantage of Facebook targeting tools and user trust to tout cheap pharmaceuticals, designer replicas and other products in a trend dangerously reminiscent of traditional spam, according to Bitdefender research. The rapid growth of the social network and precision of its advertising tools are prompting criminals to lure Facebook users with tempting offers that may, like trad...

Scam Promises Naked Videos of Facebook Friends, Drops Trojan Instead, Bitdefender Warns

More than 1,000 people have been tricked into installing a Trojan after clicking on a new Facebook scam that promises naked videos of their friends. According to Bitdefender Labs, the countries with the most detected infections are Romania, the UK, Italy, France and Germany. The scam has just started to make rounds on the social network and can multiply itself and tag users’ friends extremely quickly. Over ...

How to ‘Tinder’ More Safely for Valentine’s Day

As Valentine’s Day approaches, users are increasingly exposed to a series of scams and privacy dangers hidden by dating apps. Bitdefender offers some security advice to help users chat on Tinder in a safer environment. 1. Stay away from fake profiles Fake profiles have been making rounds on dating apps for a while now. On Tinder, you can set the maximum distance (in miles or kilometers) of your potential da...

Change Passwords Now; Yahoo! Mail Got Hacked Again

Antivirus software provider Bitdefender urges users to change passwords immediately, after hackers breached Yahoo! Mail services again. The world’s second-largest email service provider identified a coordinated effort to gain unauthorized access to users’ accounts, according to a blog post. The series of usernames and passwords used to execute the attack was likely collected from a compromised third-party d...

Malvertising Takes Cyber-Crime Spotlight, Bitdefender Warns

As malvertising takes the spotlight in the world of cyber-crime, antivirus software creator Bitdefender offers a deeper perspective on this worrying phenomenon. Here are some highlights of recent statistics published by Bitdefender researchers in the Virus Bulletin: In 2014, cyber-criminals are expected to focus more than ever on profit via malvertising; Millions of users worldwide are exposed to malware, s...

New Nigerian Scams on LinkedIn Target Marketing, HR, Business Employees

A new series of Nigerian scams target corporate users on LinkedIn by sending them private messages, antivirus software provider Bitdefender has learned. This time, 419 scammers ask victims to cooperate in a money transfer that will “secure the future” of their children after retirement.  A fake profile created in the name of the CEO of a petrochemical company in Kuwait is inviting users to assist in receivi...

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