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Malware Writers Target SMB Employees with Fake Policy Violation

A new cyber-crime attack tricks SMB employees into downloading Zbot and other Trojans by accusing them of violating company policy, according to antivirus software provider Bitdefender. The spam wave started to accelerate a week ago with dozens of unique .ARJ compressed files infecting computers, as the Bitdefender AntiSpam Laboratory has determined.  The malware attack is based on Zbot or Zeus, which inclu...

Government Gateway attack attempts to spread malware, with a little help from a body builder

If you live in the UK, chances are that you may find yourself using the Government Gateway website. The Government Gateway website, which resides at www.gateway.gov.uk, is the central portal that British citizens can use for any number of government services. Whether you're filing your self assessment tax return, replacing your driving license, or allocating ear tags for sheep and goats (yes, really...) the...

Dyre malware targets millions of Salesforce users, stealing passwords and bypassing 2FA

We're all used to the idea of malware which snoops upon our online banking, attempting to steal our login credentials to help hackers gain access to our bank accounts. Many of us are also aware of spyware trojan horses that target users of other websites, including popular webmail services or social networks, in the hope of plundering private information or using the platforms as a springboard for other att...

Hackers plotted fake Flappy Bird app to steal girls’ photos from Android phones

Next time you install an app on your phone, you'd best think twice if it asks permission to access your photos. As The Guardian reports, following a tweet from security researcher Nik Cubrilovic, the very same hackers who merrily collected naked photos of more than 100 female celebrities, including Oscar-winning actress Jennifer Lawrence, had plotted a variety of dirty tricks to increase their haul. At leas...

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...

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