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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...

‘Game-Changing’ Snake Malware Used in Espionage on Ukraine

Dozens of computer networks in Ukraine have been infected by the Snake the cyber-espionage “tool kit,” according to The New York Times. The malware is similar to another piece of malware that infected the Pentagon’s classified systems several years ago. The espionage malware has appeared many times in Ukraine this year in the context of the Ukrainian conflict, according to a BAE Systems report that called t...

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 ...

Here’s When a Scammer Will Target You… And How! (Infographic)

Each year, around Christmas, Valentine’s Day, Easter, Halloween and other holidays, most of us try to come up with at least one original gift idea. This painstaking process is further complicated by the need to decide who goes on our list. Acquaintances? Workmates? Just family? Holiday online scammers, then, appear to have it easy. Like clockwork, scammers roll out millions of spam e-mails and other tricks ...

’Profile Viewer’ Add-on Infects Facebook Users with Carfekab Trojan

Facebook users worldwide may be exposed to the Carfekab Trojan spreading in a new virulent campaign on the social network. The 'Profile Viewers' add-on entices users with the promise of seeing their stalkers on Facebook. Over 2,400 .tk domains have already been registered for malicious purposes. The browser extension fraudulently gathers 'likes' and spreads from one timeline to another. The downloaded “.exe...

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