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Bitdefender BOX unveiled its breakthrough security features at Pepcom NY

The Internet of Things (IoT) or Internet of Threats, as we often call it, has been labeled "the next Industrial Revolution" by journalists because of the way it will change the way people live. As BI Intelligence projects, there will be 34 billion devices connected to the internet by 2020, from 10 billion in 2015. IoT devices will account for 24 billion, while traditional computing devices (e.g. smartphones...

Top 5 Wi-Fi Hotspot Locations to Avoid on Your Holiday

Whenever you go on holiday, you end up taking all your personal data. The information on your personal phone, laptop or other smart device is at more risk of being compromised or stolen on holiday than when you’re at home or work. While vacations are all about family time, the digital evolution has opened up new to your privacy and data, especially since we’ve become so addicted to posting photos on social...

Grand Prix Prize for the Best Overall Security Blog goes to HotForSecurity!

It happened! Last night, this blog received the Grand Prix Prize for the Best Overall Security Blog at the European Security Blogger Awards in London! An award we are happy to share it with you, our readers, our security researchers and our contributors! Thank you for voting, but most of all, for trusting us to deliver the hottest cyber-security news in the past 4 years! We'll work even harder to live up to...

Smart switch may turn off your Wi-Fi for good

You might be risking your privacy, and even physical security, if you use a next-generation switch to control appliances in your home. Image source: Flickr In analyzing several IoT devices, Bitdefender found the Wi-Fi-enabled WeMo Switch is vulnerable to weak access point authentication and may leave users without their private Wi-Fi credentials. The WeMo switch can turn plugged-in electronic devices on or...

Easy Tips to Dodge E-banking Fraud

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 keep our eyes peeled for new gadgets, innovative technologies and geeky events, but also give you security tips and tricks on how easy it could be to stay safe online. Developing award-winning technologies that fight off even the newest malware outbreaks is...

Malicious Proxy Redirects SSL Google Traffic for 1 Million IPs

Online advertising is a multi-billion dollar business mostly ran by Google, Yahoo or Bing via AdSense-like programs. The current generation of clickbots such as the Redirector.Paco Trojan have taken abuse to a whole new level, burning through companies’ advertising budget at an unprecedented pace. Bitdefender analyzed a clickfraud bot that currently operates on nearly one million computers worldwide. The bo...

Android Malware Promises Porn, but Roots Device and Installs Other Malware

Android malware is not unusual; we’ve even seen it pop up in Google’s Marketplace app on several occasions. Increasing in both sophistication and stealthiest, Android malware has mostly been a nuisance on third-party marketplaces, such as in China, where it continues to thrive. Why third party marketplaces? As Google’s Bouncer does a pretty good job at identifying malicious apps – for the most part – Androi...

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...

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