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Cyber-Criminals Grabbed Over $500 Million Last Year, FBI Complaints Show

Cyber criminals stole more than $500 million last year, according to the latest IC3 study based on reported incidents. In 2012, the organization received almost 300,000 complaints, an average of more than 24,000 a month. Compared to the previous year, losses by users tricked over the Internet increased by 8.3 percent. Almost half of the complaints reported financial losses, and most of the users bilked last...

Bitdefender Discovers Early Version of MiniDuke Malware

An early version of MiniDuke, the sophisticated cyberspy malware that caught media headlines this week after infecting governments and agencies in Europe and elsewhere, has been operating since at least May of 2012, internet security firm Bitdefender has discovered. MiniDuke was detected by Bitdefender Labs almost a year ago. The variant discovered by Bitdefender was added to the Bitdefender malware databas...

Bitdefender Offers Free Removal Tool for Red October Cyber-Espionage Piece

Details of a new cyber-espionage tool dubbed Red October emerged early this week This complex piece of malware is built in a modular manner and carries all the prerequisite for a successful attack, such as infection components, plugins and command and control mechanisms. The infection appears to have gone unnoticed for an incredible amount of time, judging by the timestamp of its components, even though som...

Bitdefender Provides Free Removal Tool for ‘Piracy’ Trojan

Bitdefender has released a free tool to remove the “Piracy” Trojan that infected millions of users worldwide with a fake police message accusing them of piracy. User infected with Trojan.Ransom.IcePol can install the Bitdefender tool to wipe the malicious software from their computers and restore their devices by visiting http://download.bitdefender.com/removal_tools/BDRemoval_Trojan_Ransom_IcePol.exe and r...

First removal tool for Olympics-related malware launched by Bitdefender

With the Summer Olympic Games going on, nearly four in 10,000 messages are mentioning the event. While some of these messages are trying to push replica products and medicine totally unrelated to the event, some others are trying to plant malware on your PC with fake plane ticket confirmations or to steal your identity with prize award notifications.  If you have already opened an attachment enclosed in the...

Facebook Issues Warnings to DNSChanger Victims

Jumping on board with the DNSChanger Working Group, Facebook began notifying users infected with DNSChanger via a warning message saying, “Your computer or network might be infected”. The rogue DNSChanger servers will permanently shut down on July 9 2012, meaning users have only a month to scan their PCs for faulty DNS settings and possibly prevent being cut off from the internet. "Facebook's Product Securi...

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