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Russian Hackers Promise Anti-Government Software, Deliver Kelihos Trojan Instead, Bitdefender Warns

A self-proclaimed hacker community from Russia installs data-stealing malware on users’ machines by pretending the software was designed to attack Western governments and the US, according to antivirus software company Bitdefender.  With the Ukrainian conflict in mind, hackers have crafted ingenious spam messages that help them deliver the Trojan to those who support the Russian “cause” and dislike measures...

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...

Scammers Ditch Taylor Swift and Disneyland from Top 10 Facebook Baits

American singer and actress Taylor Swift has lost her scam ‘mojo’, as her fake sex tape spreading on Facebook was excluded from the top ten most successful scam baits, according to Bitdefender. An analysis by the antivirus software provider revealed the celebrity is no longer as popular as last year, when bogus videos of her managed to spread malware on the social network. Millions of users fall for Faceboo...

Keyboards, USB Devices Can Be Used in Enhanced Hacking Attacks

Keyboards, thumb-drives, mice and other USB devices can be used for enhanced hacking attacks that may bypass traditional security filters, a German cryptography expert revealed. Berlin's SR Labs Chief Scientist Karsten Nohl discovered that hackers could load malicious software onto tiny, low-cost computer chips that control USB functions. Because small electronics components usually don’t have built-in shie...

The danger of using PCs in hotel business centres

Many of us in the Northern hemisphere are gearing up for our summer holidays - and will be looking forward to some sunkissed days away from home. But I'll tell you one place where you won't find me - in the business centres of hotels. Hotels big and small around the world provide internet access to their guests, so you can send emails home or give you the ability to print out tickets for a show that you'd l...

Computer cops strike at the heart of Shylock malware

Computer crime fighters have today announced that they have seized essential infrastructure used by the highly advanced Shylock banking malware, effectively neutralising an attack which has already infected at least 30,000 Windows computers. Shylock, which gains its name because its code includes random excerpts from "The Merchant of Venice", has been used by its criminal overlords to raid the online bank a...

‘Can I Post These Pictures on Facebook?’ Polite IM Trojan Asks

Over 1,300 systems got infected with the latest Instant Messaging Trojan, which uses polite social engineering and biblical verses to hide encrypted data, Bitdefender warns. The antivirus software provider spotted an increasing wave of infections in the past week in countries such as the US, the UK, Germany, Canada, France, Denmark, Japan and Romania. After gaining access to users’ contact lists, Gen:Varian...

US accuses China of spying on companies, names PLA officers they believe are responsible

The United States has today aggressively named five Chinese military officers that it says hacked into American firms in an eight-year hacking campaign, with the intention of stealing commercially sensitive secrets. The officers, who America claims are all officers in Unit 61398 of the Third Department of the PLA (Chinese People's Liberation Army) have been indicted on 31 criminal counts, including conspiri...

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...

NSA’s Deployed Malware via Automated Tools to Enhance Spy Capabilities

The US National Security Agency is allegedly using automated tools to deploy malware on computers worldwide, according to The Intercept’s report based on the Snowden Revelations. The technologies described in latest report allow “industrial-scale exploitation” of networks. CGHQ, the British equivalent of the NSA, seems to have also played an important role. “In some cases the NSA has masqueraded as a fake F...

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