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Bitdefender’s Pick. The Digital Dilemma: How new technologies can jeopardize the movies

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, innovative technologies and geeky events. You'll simply love our pick!  [divide] Huge IT-related scandals like the Sony Pictures Entertainment hack or the Snowden revelations have somehow loomed over the Oscar cerem...

No More PORN?! 7 Type of Valentine’s Scams to Avoid this Year

Pornography is no longer scammers’ favorite bait! After analyzing a wave of scams spreading worldwide before the Valentine’s Day celebration, Bitdefender researchers have found that Valentine-themed spam containing links to pornographic videos has fallen to under 1% in 2015. But that doesn’t mean scammers have gone all romantic – they’re just resorting to other old tricks to leave them heart-broken, and bro...

Banking Trojan Lurking Inside Innocent Fax Messages, Bitdefender Warns

A massive spam wave is installing banking Trojan Dyreza on tens of thousands of computers to steal sensitive financial data from unsuspecting customers, Bitdefender malware analysts warn. The malicious spam messages carry links to HTML files. The files link to URLs directing to highly obfuscated Javascript code that automatically downloads a zip archive from a remote location. Interestingly enough, each dow...

Facebook Tag Scam Spreads like Wildfire, New Tactics Emerge

Two weeks ago, we wrote about the re-emergence of tag scams on Facebook. What seemed to be a basic worm at that time turned into inspiration for multiple cyber-criminal gangs. This week-end hackers took a more diversified approach to reaching victims’ browsers and wreaking havoc on Facebook walls. Today’s scam is much more complex than what we described in the previous post. It all starts with an inciting i...

CTB Locker Ransomware Targets French Companies

A spam campaign delivering CTB Locker is targeting employees from French companies, Bitdefender researchers found. The  spam e-mails  carry an attachment,a .cab file and a message claiming to be from a co-worker of the victim . The e-mails look like authentic bills and  are allegedly sent to management departments.   The e-mails invite people to open the .cab file, an auto-executable Microsoft archive. Once...

Facebook Tag Scams are Back with Malicious Payload

Bad week-end for Facebook users: a malicious tagging campaign ended up infecting at least 5 thousand computer users with a backdoor. This three-day campaign has been actively mirrored by the cyber-criminal(s) in order to prevent an early takedown. UPDATE: there are a number of similar scams in circulation as of today which are targeting particullarly Spanish-speaking users. Unlike the scam we documented bel...

Win a MacBook Air with Bitdefender #hugamac

Here’s your chance to win a brand new 13” MacBook Air by just posting a selfie with your current Mac, followed by the hashtag #hugamac. You can use Facebook, Twitter, and even Instagram to immortalize the love for your Mac, as long as you upload the selfie by February 28th, 18:00 PM (GTM+2), at the latest. Guys and gals, feel free to go all artistic with these selfies, as long as we can make sure that it’s...

Hottest Snapchats – Another Early 2015 Facebook Scam!

A spam campaign revealing the 10 “hottest snapchats” is a new entry to the long list of Facebook scams flooding the social media platform in 2015, according to Bitdefender Online Threats. The Labs of the security software provider blacklisted dozens of fraudulent websites promising snapchats and other leaked ‘goodies.’ The male-oriented campaign is promoted on websites with tags such as “trendingusa,” “vira...

Bitdefender’s Pick. Celebrating Asimov, the writer who focused on AI and coined the term ‘robotics’

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] Sci-Fi fans from the...

Top 10 Data Breaches of 2014; Lessons Learned for a Safer 2015

2014 was a memorable year for large-scale cybersecurity breaches. Target started the year on the wrong foot, exposing 110 million people’s personal information. Then, Sony Pictures proved to be one of the worst corporate breaches ever. It left us wondering … Will we make the same mistakes in 2015 or will we learn to secure our data better? Let’s start by reviewing the year’s largest security breaches. Ebay...

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