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Facebook patches serious login flaw found by Bitdefender vulnerability researcher

Have you tried creating a Facebook account under someone’s name and then use it to access his/her online accounts? Accounts you know that person manages on e-commerce or travel sites, so you could book a flight or order a smart TV on her behalf? Ionut Cernica did exactly that. He helped Facebook patch a serious login vulnerability that allowed rogue users to access online accounts via Facebook’s social logi...

The dark side of IoT lighting devices

Smart lighting IoT devices are prone to attacks that expose households and inhabitants to discomfort, but more importantly, mass surveillance, privacy exposure and data theft. Bitdefender researchers analyzed the LIFX bulb – a successful crowdfunding project started in September 2012 - and found it vulnerable to traffic interception. Coincidentally, the LIFX product has been subjected to a hacking experimen...

The IoT can unlock homes, new Bitdefender report shows

Four billion internet-connected devices promise to take our homes to an unprecedented level of comfort. But this new digital convenience takes its toll on private lives. As we have seen in the early stages of IoT development, gadgets designed for our home can talk with each other, yet they risk being overheard when communicating sensitive data. Bitdefender believes the IoT can reach its full potential only...

Security Awards: Bitdefender users enjoy best protection, speed and performance

Independent labs AV-Test and AV-Comparatives reward top security without slowdowns. There is no better validation for your internet security choice than the results of the most prestigious independent testing labs in the world. And the latest awards from AV-Test and AV-Comparatives show once more that Bitdefender users enjoy the most advanced cyber-security in the world with unaffected computer performance...

Bitdefender Mobile Security Ready for Android 6

With Android 6.0 - known as Marshmallow to die-hard fans - rolling out on devices, Google has pushed some significant new features in terms of user experience and “under the hood” changes. Bitdefender Mobile Security has been updated to reflect the new visual standards – material design – and fall in line with the two new permission groups. However, we’ve also added some new features, such as Bitdefender Ce...

Coding is gender neutral, says Bitdefender’s youngest woman programmer

The future is written in lines of code. Zero and ones. Simple, clear and definitely, not gender biased. So, where are all the women in white hats? Fueled by debates over whose code is better, it seems the fight for supremacy leaves a lot of women doubting whether they fit in in an overwhelmingly male industry. To mark the International Woman’s Day, I’ve asked Ivona Chili, one of the youngest cybersecurity r...

Porn Clicker Malware Nesting in Google Play

It’s not the first time Android’s Google Play has been found harboring a malicious application that both hides its presence and performs activities that generate some form of revenue for the attacker. Last year we not only saw the proliferation of aggressive adware, but also some new CAPTCHA-bypassing threats that subscribed users to a premium-rated number, both hosted in Google Official marketplace. A new...

Phishing surges, file-sharing takes lead as most targeted industry of Q1

Phishing through file-sharing services has soared in the past three months, making cloud-based file distribution services the most targeted sector of the first quarter of the year, Bitdefender found. Globally, file-sharing is being used to spread phishing scams more than the retail and payment industries, the traditional favorites of hackers. Almost one in five malicious URLs uses a file-sharing service to...

How do you play your part for a better Internet?

The Internet is an astonishingly resourceful place - unlimited information on almost any subject in the world is at our fingertips. We use it to document our writings, chat with friends, watch videos, draw inspiration and read the latest news. We take so much from it… but what do we give back? “Play your part for a better Internet” is the motto of this year’s Safer Internet Day, a day meant to remind young...

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...

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