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Parking Fine Scam Drops Zbot on Computers in UK

A wave of parking fine spam continues to infect computers in the UK with Zeus, or the Zbot Trojan, seeking to steal confidential information, according to Bitdefender. So far, the security company blocked the Trojan from infecting hundreds of computers. The 'reminder notice' e-mails purporting to be from the UK's Ministry of Justice started to invade UK inboxes a couple of months ago. The wave registered a ...

Scammers Abuse Twitter Features, Trick Thousands with ‘Follower’ Scheme

A series of enhanced follower scams has tricked thousands of Twitter users after a group abused the platform’s authentication system, TweetDeck and Trends section, antivirus software provider Bitdefender warns. The security company reported the scams and notified the micro-blogging company of the dangerous web sites, which are massively promoted through Twitter Trends. The 'entrepreneurs', who may be from T...

Huge 20-year prison sentence for US cyber-crook

Does cybercrime pay? Do you think the rewards of ID theft, computer malware and online fraud are worth the risk of capture? Well, if you do, consider the case of David Ray Camez, who has been sentenced to a 20 year prison sentence and ordered to pay $20 million restitution for his involvement with the Carder.su organized crime website. 22-year-old Camez, who called himself "Bad man" and "doctorsex" online, ...

Porsha Williams Sex Video scam spreads on Facebook – don’t be duped!

Fans of tacky reality TV shows should be on their guard, after a scam has spread widely on Facebook claiming to be a link to a sex tape video of one of the stars of "Real Housewives of Atlanta". Here's the background. A couple of weeks ago, police were allegedly called to the recording of the Real Housewives reunion show, after a fight broke out between two reality "stars": Porsha Williams and Kenya Moore. ...

Scam Easter Basket Packed with Fake Vouchers, Viagra and Religious Fraud

Cyber-criminals are hiding dangerous goodies among the Easter eggs and chocolate bunnies that users are hoping for, warns antivirus software provider Bitdefender. The increasing wave of dangerous spam hitting the US, the UK and other countries these days invades users’ inboxes with offers for fake vouchers, personal loans, replica watches and dubious candy surveys. Personalized Easter baskets, bunnies, and ...

Facebook Follower Scam Prompts Victims to Inject Themselves with Dangerous Code

More than 17,000 Facebook users were tricked by a bold scam that promised them over 100,000 followers on the social network and made them willingly inject dangerous code in their browser. Bitdefender has started to analyze the dubious profile promoting the scam after several Facecrooks fans complained about the social engineering trick. Hackers behind the scam could be of Turkish origin. It all started with...

Old Pranks and Hoaxes Still Work

The spirit of April Fools’ Day is meant to be fun. But pranks and jokes turn sinister in the online world as fraudsters target innocent people in a diligent attempt to steal identities, money or infect systems with malware. Fraudsters pull a prank on taxpayers each year when they steal people’s rebate money from the IRS. Around this time of year, scammers send US citizens e-mails telling them to fill in a f...

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...

Wave of phishing and malware marks UK tax season

We know it’s UK tax season when spammers start sending Brits false tax refund forms by e-mail to steal identities and money-related information. Bitdefender Anti-Spam Lab points to a total of 10,000 tax-related e-mails sent in a single day in the first week of March.  E-mails scams promise users hundreds of pounds, then silently steal sensitive authentication data either through phishing forms or by deployi...

Scammers Turning to Facebook for Targeting, Research Shows

Scammers are increasingly taking advantage of Facebook targeting tools and user trust to tout cheap pharmaceuticals, designer replicas and other products in a trend dangerously reminiscent of traditional spam, according to Bitdefender research. The rapid growth of the social network and precision of its advertising tools are prompting criminals to lure Facebook users with tempting offers that may, like trad...

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