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Data Privacy Day: Reminding Us of Data Protection

Every year on January 28th we are reminded of the importance of our personal data and how it could be misused against us. More than 47 European countries along with United States and Canada celebrate it, unanimously agreeing that our personal and private information is worth more than we could imagine. In 2015 alone we’ve seen numerous data breaches, ranging from Ashley Maddison and Anthem to the Office of...

Beware, Facebook Scam Shares Porn on Your Groups!

A new Facebook tag scam is spreading pornographic content in Facebook groups, Bitdefender warns. We came across an evolved version of the known Facebook tag scam that manages to infiltrate Facebook groups to spread havoc on people’s Walls. It all starts with a link that leads to a legitimate-looking Facebook page. The page promises to display a “Secret +18 Video”. Once you hit the “Play” video button, you a...

In 2016, growing IoT comes with new opportunities — and new threats

The Internet of Things is becoming a bigger part of consumers’ daily lives, thanks in large part to smart phones with larger screens that people use to control smart devices, according to the latest Digital Trends Report from Adobe Digital Index. Many companies and experts predict 2016 will be a big year for the Internet of Things, or IoT — which is how we call the Internet-connected stuff in our lives, fro...

Ten facts you might not know about Linux

Today is Linus Torvalds’ 46th birthday! He is the inventor and lead developer of Linux kernel, the core of the operating system we all know and use today under various shapes and sizes: PCs, Android, Chrome OS and others. His decision to create and distribute Linux for free and reveal its underlying source code has made him a cult figure. To understand how this amazing OS was built, check this video created...

Tech trends: what to expect in 2016

‘Cyber-security’, ’encryption’, ‘the Cloud’ and ‘machine learning’ have been among the buzzwords of 2015. We expect them to be at least as trendy next year, with technology companies continuing to focus on innovative ways to make our lives better and safer. Here is a preview of some of the tech trends of 2016. Machine learning technologies to be found in more and more products Artificial intelligence, parti...

Biggest cyber-security events of 2015; lessons learned for a safer 2016

2 million compromised records 38% increase in security incidents First hacked smart car First ransomware for Linux Launch of Windows 10 and privacy concerns 14 million US government employees exposed An embarrassing celebrity iCloud hack New strains of Android ransomware These facts and numbers define 2015 in terms of cyber-security. It’s time to draw the line and review the most remarkable events of 2015 t...

CryptoWall 4.0 returns to the wild, posing as good guy

The infamous CryptoWall ransomware family is back, encrypting files under the false pretenses of testing AV solutions for their’ “suitability” to protect data. “CryptoWall Project is not malicious and is not intended to harm a person and his/her information data. The project is conducted for the sole purpose of instruction in the field of information security, as well as certification of antivirus products...

Info-stealing Malware Hits German and English-speaking Users

The Ursnif malware family is back, this time targeting the private data and financial activity of German, Russian and English-speaking users, Bitdefender warns. Fig 1. Spam email in English Fig 2. Spam email in German Fig 3. Spam email in Russian Infection Data According to data from Bitdefender’s antispam labs, some 10000 emails were sent as part of a global spam campaign targeting mostly Russian, German a...

Your Files Are Your Universe

Everyone enjoys gazing at stars in a clear night sky. But what if someone were to ask you for money every time you looked at them? Sounds ludicrous, right? Imagine the same situation, but replace the sky with your hard drive and the stars with your photos, work files and personal documents. That “someone” is malware. For the past year, this plague has locked millions of people out of their PCs or mobile dev...

‘Cooking’ Artificial Intelligence for Bitdefender 2016

Although the term artificial intelligence has been recently associated with technological innovation in various industries, we’re still far from creating a fully self-aware consciousness bent on world domination. For the past couple of years, rapid progress has been registered in creating algorithms able to quickly find patterns in large amounts of data or even express creativity. We’ve seen machine learnin...

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