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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...

Top 10 Hacker Arrests in 2013

It was a fruitful year for cyber-crime authorities worldwide, and notorious hackers were arrested with a weekly or even daily frequency. Neither Christmas nor New Year’s Eve put an end to police effervescence in 2013 when it comes to busting cyber-criminals. We started work on a Top 10 Hacker Arrests at the beginning of December with the assumption that the big fish were already caught, as holidays were com...

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 AV Uses Stolen Digital Certificate to Evade Detection

Malware creators, who first started pumping out fake antivirus solutions in 2008, are now taking them to the next level by tinkering with user trust. Bitdefender just stumbled on a number of samples for a product called Antivirus Security Pro, a sub-species of fake antivirus that comes with a digitally-signed installer to circumvent some security mechanisms of the operating system and antivirus solution. Mo...

PC Users Four Times More Angry with Slow Performance than Catching Viruses, Bitdefender Study Shows

PC users are almost four times more annoyed by the slow performance of their machines rather than viruses, according to a survey by Bitdefender. The study on over 1,000 advanced computer users in the US and Canada showed that more than half of the respondents consider that slow performance is the most upsetting problem, while 13.4% pointed fingers at malware. Crashing applications and hardware problems have...

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