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New Scareware Campaign Tricks Users with Fake Antivirus

A new type of scareware advertisement tricks users into believing their systems are infected and need expert help to remove the malware, Bitdefender warns. The malware-spreading mechanism is quite simple: the fake AV ads pop up unexpectedly when browsing the web, after the user’s computer has been previously infected with adware. Malicious ads usually enter the system under the form of an innocent-looking b...

Bitdefender Warns Stock Brokers of New ‘Wolf of Wall Street’ Scam

Millions of penny stock spam emails have been flooding inboxes these days, spreading a new ‘Wolf of Wall Street’ scam and inflating stock values of a mineral deposit company based in Canada, according to the Bitdefender Antispam Lab. With over 3 million unique samples, the wave started to grow last Thursday and soon became the largest stock spam attack in 2014, and also the most successful. The transactions...

Bitdefender’s Pick. Ada Lovelace Day. Celebrating the world’s original coder!

What is Bitdefender's Pick? The enlightened minds of mathematicians, cryptographers, engineers, physicists, inventors and others have shaped the computer and the Internet into what we know today. Some of them also caught a glimpse of the future and envisioned the technology we are using now or are about to see. Keeping an eye on the visionaries helps us prepare for the future.  [divide] There’s a good reaso...

Emma Watson Leaked Facebook Video Reveals Trojans, Not Nude Pictures

A new scam takes advantage of Emma Watson’s growing popularity, using the actress as bait to spread malware on Facebook, according to the Bitdefender Labs. The alleged sexy videos of the British actress drop more Trojans than actual pictures and, just as in many other sex tape scams, users don’t get to see the promised content. The scam comes a couple of weeks after a nude photo leak threat targeting Watson...

Bitdefender’s Pick. Amazon, Google and Apple Ramp up Competition in Internet of Things; Hackers Await

What is Bitdefender's Pick? We might be a security company, but our interests spin way beyond creating virus signatures and identifying new malware. We also keep our eyes peeled for new gadgets and innovative technologies. You'll simply love our pick!  [divide] When you run out of coffee for your espresso machine, Samsung and Apple may soon want you to tap a smartphone app for a refill. Amazon may soon pers...

ShellShock Roundup: What to do if You are Vulnerable

A security vulnerability on the GNU Bourne Again Shell reported Wednesday is claiming victims in the wild. The flaw – known to the tech world as CVE-2014-6271 and CVE-2014-7169 - allows a remote attacker to run arbitrary code (read malware) on a vulnerable server under certain conditions. The most vulnerable targets to date are web servers that run Apache CGI scripts written in Bash or calling system() or p...

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...

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...

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