Bitdefender’s Pick. Amazon, Google and Apple Ramp up Competition in Internet of Things; Hackers Await

Bitdefender’s Pick. Amazon, Google and Apple Ramp up Competition in Internet of Things; Hackers Await

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 fo ...

ShellShock Roundup: What to do if You are Vulnerable

ShellShock Roundup: What to do if You are Vulnerable

A security vulnerability on the GNU Bourne Again Shell reported Wednesday is claiming victims in the wild. The flaw – known to the tech world as CVE-2014-6271 and CVE-2014-7169 - a ...

Malware Writers Target SMB Employees with Fake Policy Violation

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 Bitdefe ...

Russian Hackers Promise Anti-Government Software, Deliver Kelihos Trojan Instead, Bitdefender Warns

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, a ...

New Viral Video Scam on Facebook: ‘Girl Killed by Husband for Kissing Another Man’

New Viral Video Scam on Facebook: ‘Girl Killed by Husband for Kissing Another Man’

A new viral video scam has lured thousands of Facebook users with a fake tape of a girl killed by her husband because she kissed another man, according to Bitdefender. The antiviru ...

Scammers Ditch Taylor Swift and Disneyland from Top 10 Facebook Baits

Scammers Ditch Taylor Swift and Disneyland from Top 10 Facebook Baits

American singer and actress Taylor Swift has lost her scam ‘mojo’, as her fake sex tape spreading on Facebook was excluded from the top ten most successful scam baits, according to ...

Funny Video Facebook Scam Drops Not so Funny Trojan, Bitdefender Warns

Funny Video Facebook Scam Drops Not so Funny Trojan, Bitdefender Warns

A new “funny” video spreading on Facebook drops a not so hilarious Trojan on users’ computers, according to research by antivirus software provider Bitdefender. The malware can acc ...

Social Networks Bitten by the Same Scam Bug(s)

New social networks face classic scams, boundaries between platforms blur Pinterest’s public acknowledgement that it is “not immune to challenges faced by sites across the web including spam and phishing” raises the question of whether online social startups can and will learn from their predecessors’ troubles. Two directions are worth exploring here: baits and sharing mechanisms. Social scams exploit human...

Two Rounds of Teenagers Arrested in Norway and UK for Hacking

Two separate investigations in UK and Norway led to the arrests of suspects behind recent high-profile attacks including the one on Britain's Serious Organised Crime Agency. Every fresh suspect has to get the principal’s exemption from skipping Math classes while imprisoned. A British 17-year-old boy got into trouble after hacking and publishing confidential calls, breaking the notorious B.I.G. “Computer Mi...

Anonymous Rally in Anti-Putin Protests

In keeping with its tradition of politically minded hacks, Anonymous sent a message of support to the anti-Putin movement by DDoS-ing the Russian leader’s online palace, kremlin.ru. This is supposedly part of OpDefiance, a new campaign the hacktivists launched with a view to protesting against the unfair electoral process that brought Vladimir Putin back into the saddle. According to a warning video posted ...

Computer Network May Become Its Own Security Force

Researchers propose a new adaptive cybersecurity strategy modeled on the moving-target military concept. According to a Kansas State University press release, cybersecurity experts Scott DeLoach and Xinming Ou are researching a moving-target strategy that would enable computer networks to protect themselves against attackers by  automatic and random changes in their setup and configuration. The team focusin...

UK ISPs Fight Parliamentary Proposal for Network-Level Adult Content Filtering

Parliamentary Inquiry finds more energetic approach in online porn issue necessary, ISPs strike back with freedom of speech and consumer education arguments. According to an Independent Parliamentary Inquiry into Online Child Protection in April 2012, “many feel that device-level filters are no longer offering sufficient protection for children online. Only a minority of parents use these filters and this n...

Facebook App Center Brings Paid-for Ingredient to Social App Mix

App Center covers all apps compliant with platform guidelines, plans for flat fee paid-for apps revealed. A blog post on the Facebook developers’ blog announced the launch of the App Center to serve as “the new, central place to find great apps”.  Each listed app will have its own detail page, a no-strings-attached preview of the app’s functionalities for potential users. The main criterion for listing in t...

What’s in Your Daily Slice of Spam? Bitdefender Digs In to Find Out

Just as the original spam – the tinned meat of 50 years ago - prompted people to wonder just what it contained, so too does the spam of the Internet age Bitdefender decided to look at just what spam – the e-mail version – contains.  And we found out spam covers a lot more than pitches for Canadian Pharmacy wonder medicine and luxury goods replicas. With 264.6 billion spam messages sent per day, roughly 90% ...

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