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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...

Alluring Fake Recruiters Entice LinkedIn Users with Attractive Job Offers

Fake profiles that gather personal details and lead users to dangerous websites are spreading at a faster pace on LinkedIn. Amid research into the growing scams on the professional social network, antivirus software provider Bitdefender has detected a new virulent campaign that lures victims with exciting job offers from an attractive female recruiter. “There are hundreds of companies right now searching fo...

Fake Social Empires Cheat Exposes over 135,000 Facebook Users to Fraud

More than 135,000 Facebook users were exposed to fraud and identity theft, after they clicked the 'like' button on a fake Social Empires cheat website. The application is one of the most popular strategy games on Facebook, with more than 6 million monthly active users who are now vulnerable to the scam. The page recently created on a Blogspot domain spreads massively on the social network from one user to a...

Malware Writers, Fraudsters Target Gamers with Fake GTA 5 Serials

As the recent GTA 5 release made headlines worldwide and even increased the number of “sick” employees as workers stayed home for the game, cyber-criminals launched their own exquisite offer of bogus serials, kits and beta versions. The fake websites are disseminated worldwide, and some are hosted on Russian domains. Considering the global interest for the game, malware writers and fraudsters crafted the ba...

Fake Xerox Scans Deliver Malware

A recent spam campaign abuses the name of Xerox, the American document management corporation, inviting users to download a scanned file to infect their systems with Trojans. According to Bitdefender data, we are talking about a 10,000 e-mail wave registered in less than an hour, qualifying this attack as significant.  The subject tagline is “Scan from a Xerox WorkCentre” which is general enough to lure som...

Backdoor Agent Infects ACH Clients with Fake Successful Transaction Notice

A Backdoor Agent is circulating with the aim of infecting Automated Clearing House clients via a fake payment receipt attached to notification e-mails, Bitdefender Labs has found. The e-mails are part of a rising wave of spam messages that carry a Trojan meant to grab users’ credit card details. “WIRE transaction is completed. $XXX has been successfully transferred. If the transaction was made by mistake pl...

Halloween Trick or Trick: Cyber-Ghouls and Goblins Use Fake Commercial Spam to Steal Credentials

Most Halloween cyber-criminals make believe they advertise products while they are actually hunting users’ personal data through fake commercial spam campaigns, according to an analysis by Bitdefender. Up to 70 per cent of spammers who take advantage of Oct. 31 celebrations flood inboxes with images of cars and pharmaceuticals such as Viagra that redirect people to other websites. Users are then asked for p...

Fresh Foursquare “Friend Request” Spam Leads to Viagra Fraud

Social network named Foursquare, which has just celebrated its 2-year anniversary with a user base of 20 million, has apparently come of age in the scam world as well. How is it to order some Viagra, send money and never receive the products? Scammers have honed this trick elsewhere, but now pharmacy fraud has found its way to the location-based social networking platform. This is one of the first scams spo...

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