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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...

Romanian Man Commits Suicide and Kills His 4-Year-Old after Falling for Police Ransomware

A Romanian man committed suicide and killed his 4-year-old son after falling for a police ransomware scam that threatened him with huge fines and jail for watching online pornography, according to local newspaper Braila 24. This is reportedly the first murder-suicide caused by malware writers. Before hanging himself in the living room along with his son Nicusor, the 36 year-old left a suicide note. "I recei...

Scam Promises Naked Videos of Facebook Friends, Drops Trojan Instead, Bitdefender Warns

More than 1,000 people have been tricked into installing a Trojan after clicking on a new Facebook scam that promises naked videos of their friends. According to Bitdefender Labs, the countries with the most detected infections are Romania, the UK, Italy, France and Germany. The scam has just started to make rounds on the social network and can multiply itself and tag users’ friends extremely quickly. Over ...

Computer Leasing Company Harvested 185,000 E-mails with Private Information from Customers

Computer and furniture leasing company Aaron’s took 185,000 e-mails with highly sensitive information from its customers via spyware installed on the leased machines. The spyware application provided by DesignerWare came preinstalled on the laptops leased through Aaron’s. It was designed to allow the rental company to kill the laptop remotely if customers fell beyond payment, but also was able to record key...

Hacker’s Cat with Virus Collar `Arrested’ by Japanese Police

Japanese police have “arrested” a cat carrying a computer virus that a hacker installed on a memory card attached to the pet’s collar, according to the AFP. Cyber cops managed to find the feline on an island near Tokyo after being teased for several months with e-mail riddles sent to the media. The riddles promised journalists the “chance for a big scoop” and used “mountainside” and other clues to lead them...

Malware Uses Trending Celebrities to Drag New Victims into Botnets

A new illicit campaign using celebrity names such as Madonna and Rihanna infects computers with malware and recruits users into rapidly growing botnets, according to Bitdefender. Both Rihanna, the 6th most popular star in the US this year with 4.090.000 local monthly searches, according to a Google search tool, and Madonna, who ranks 19th, with 1.830.000 searches a month, are used as baits to make users cli...

French Hacker Arrested for ‘Smartphone App Fraud’

A young man was arrested in Northern France after defrauding 17,000 people with a virus hidden in applications for handsets. In less than two years, the 20-year-old managed to steal from thousands of people small amounts of money that added up to a total of 500,000 euros. He used his parents’ residence in France to con victims into downloading applications advertised as free. Under a camouflage of original ...

Android Mobile Malware Report – August 2012

We’ve seen our share of malware, adware and other interesting Android threats this summer. With autumn upon us, it’s time to recap the sizzling highlights that plagued our top 10 Android mobile malware summer charts. Although we didn’t start to break down adware until July, it’s worth mentioning that June kick started what we would later discover to be an avalanche of adware. In July, 77.34% of the total An...

Brittons Scammed by Police Ramsomware Malware

Some 36 Brits were scammed out of £100 each by malware that posed as police messaging on more than 1,100 computers, according to a press release. The ransomware was installed on the devices after people accessed infected websites, and caused the PCs to freeze and lock, with a message allegedly coming from the British e-crime Unit, advising users to pay a fine to unlock their computer. “This is a fraud and u...

Android App Earns Scammers Over 20 Million Yen

A malware-infected Android app that scammed users out of 20 million yen (£160,740) lead to the arrest of six men in Tokyo. Posing as a video playback app, the malware affected 9,252 users who visited an adult site believed to have been created to deliver the virus. Two IT executives were involved in the scam and the six-man operation was dismantled shortly after officials started investigating. Once install...

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