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Funny Video Facebook Scam Drops Not so Funny Trojan, Bitdefender Warns

A new “funny” video spreading on Facebook drops a not so hilarious Trojan on users’ computers, according to research by antivirus software provider Bitdefender. The malware can access abundant data from Internet browsers. The hackers might originate from Albania, according to malicious code samples. The story was also featured by The Guardian.  It all starts with what appears to be a funny video of a Facebo...

Scammers Abuse Twitter Features, Trick Thousands with ‘Follower’ Scheme

A series of enhanced follower scams has tricked thousands of Twitter users after a group abused the platform’s authentication system, TweetDeck and Trends section, antivirus software provider Bitdefender warns. The security company reported the scams and notified the micro-blogging company of the dangerous web sites, which are massively promoted through Twitter Trends. The 'entrepreneurs', who may be from T...

Tech Giants and Ad Networks Could Face Penalties for Malvertising, US Senate Warns

The US Senate urges companies such as Google and Yahoo to better protect users from malicious ads and hackers exploiting their online advertising networks, or else new legislation could force them to, according to the Associated Press. The Online Trust Alliance research revealed that malvertising tripled in 2013 to more than 209,000 incidents, generating over 12.4 billion malicious ad impressions. The Senat...

Orange France Hacked Again; Bitdefender Sees Targeted Attacks Increase

The number of phishing attacks against Orange France has jumped since a recent cyber-attack on the company, the second to hit the telco this year. Personal data of more than 1.3 million victims is still at risk, according to media reports. The Bitdefender Anti-Phishing Lab has seen a recent rise in phishing attacks targeting Orange France. While most phishing attacks are easy to notice due to their unrelate...

Bitdefender Tech Assist Client Worried about Missing Cat Darlene

Our Tech Assist colleagues are ready to help you fix the toughest tech issues. But sometimes, they are ready to solve even more troubling day-to-day problems, such as losing a cat. Here’s a conversation between Bitdefender Technical Support Expert Cristina Nica and a client who was worried about his cat Darlene. Fred: Hello, hello? Do you hear me? Fred talking here. Cristina: Hi Fred! Welcome to Bitdefender...

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...

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