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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...

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...

GitHub Spammed to Sell Repair Services, Bitdefender Alerts

Popular code repository GitHub is full of annoying sales messages from Indonesian spammers, Bitdefender researchers found. The developer community is under siege after sales messages have poisoned a large number of project threads, much to the annoyance of GitHub members. “Someone used the code of my plugin to sell stuff I’ve never heard about,” a developer said. An account owner, under the name of Rx150, p...

Empty MS Office Documents Spark Suspicions, Bitdefender Says

Bitdefender, the innovative antivirus software provider, is warning MS Office users against a spam campaign that tricks antispam filters to allow spam freely into mailboxes. A clean Microsoft Office file is attached to these e-mails. Or so it seems! If you recently received an odd tax return or a remittance from a bank, you might not want to open the file. For a few days, cybercriminals have sent targeted e...

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...

Government Gateway attack attempts to spread malware, with a little help from a body builder

If you live in the UK, chances are that you may find yourself using the Government Gateway website. The Government Gateway website, which resides at www.gateway.gov.uk, is the central portal that British citizens can use for any number of government services. Whether you're filing your self assessment tax return, replacing your driving license, or allocating ear tags for sheep and goats (yes, really...) the...

Scammers Phishing for LinkedIn Credentials, Bitdefender Warns

Scammers have targeted business-oriented LinkedIn users with a malicious invitation email meant to steal their sensitive authentication details, according to Bitdefender Anti-Spam Labs. The email, which claims to be from the popular business social network LinkedIn, replicates the original invitation email, but the extra letters and the sender’s name ruin the disguise of an otherwise valid-looking letter. T...

New App Recognizes Twitter Bots, Researchers Say

Indiana University researchers have developed a new app that identifies Twitter accounts controlled by automated software designed to flood online conversations with spam and misleading information, the researchers say. The BotOrNot app examines about 1,000 account features including the user’s network, content and posting frequency to determine the extent to which an account resembles a social bot. “We hav...

Latest Facebook Survey Questions Users about Privacy, Annoying Posts

Facebook is curious about privacy, annoying posts and the overall experience on the platform, according to the latest survey shared with users worldwide. The 3-minute quiz also includes questions about trust, security and general satisfaction with the social network. In the US, the survey also includes examples of annoying or disturbing posts such as family photos, posts with too much information and charit...

Warlords of Draenor Pre-Install Phishes for WoW players’ accounts

World of Warcraft players need to ignore the unexpected e-mails that pop up into their inboxes offering professional skills, automatic upgrades for the role of class 60. Because they are bogus.   Spammers have launched a new campaign offering fake Warlords of Draenor expansion pack, gifts, gold and upgrades, to trick WoW fans into filling out a phishing form and singlehandedly providing crooks with their pl...

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