Cryptowall Makes a Comeback Via Malicious Help Files (CHM)

Cryptowall Makes a Comeback Via Malicious Help Files (CHM)

A new spam wave has hit hundreds of mailboxes with malicious .chm attachments to spread the infamous Cryptowall ransomware, malware researchers from Bitdefender Labs found. Interes ...

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

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 fo ...

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

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 tha ...

Banking Trojan Lurking Inside Innocent Fax Messages, Bitdefender Warns

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 analyst ...

Facebook Tag Scam Spreads like Wildfire, New Tactics Emerge

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 ...

CTB Locker Ransomware Targets French Companies

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 ...

Facebook Tag Scams are Back with Malicious Payload

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 mirro ...

CopBook – Australia’s New South Wales Develops Social Network for Law Enforcement

The Australian state of New South Wales is developing a social networking platform for police, enabling officers to exchange ideas and write wiki’s on various topics. Although it has no allocated budget, willing law enforcers are encouraged to participate and contribute with creative ideas. “The organisation’s ITC department, Business and Technology Services (BTS) recently ran a short-term trial of an Innov...

Android Mobile Malware Report – July 2012

The mid-summer mobile malware report reveals not only that Android malware developers are interested in making money, but also that most threats we’ve dealt with are still going strong. For three months, we’ve been talking about the steady growth of adware-bundled apps. Now we’ve seen the percentage spike to 77.34% of the total of Android malware detections. This all-time high represents the total amount of...

Webcam Asks Facebook Who You Are to See What Can Lure You

Forget tinfoil hats and cameras installed by “the Gov’t” on the streets – if you’re living in Nashville, Tennessee, chances are your mug-shot is compared against Facebook’s zillion-image database to fix your daily dose of discounts. According to a video produced by a Nashville-based advertising agency, shops, coffeehouses, bars and restaurants can now use the Facedeals camera to recognize customers and offe...

Bug in Premium-Rate Fortune Telling Service Signs any Mobile User Up

If you’re into fortune telling, here’s next week’s prediction: extra charges on your mobile phone bill, provided that you shared your number with the wrong person. Mobile phone user Mark Hole made an unexpected discovery when looking into an unexplained weekly charge on the phone bill of the mobile phones linked to his business. The charge, made in the name of Buongiorno – the maker of a premium rate fortun...

Swiss Researchers on the Verge of Major Whodunnit Discovery; Sparse Observer Algorithm for Malware/Spam Source Detection

A team of Swiss researchers presented a new malware/spam source detection algorithm in a paper entitled “Locating the source of diffusion in large-scale networks” in the Physical Review Letters journal on August 10. The novelty consists of estimating the source of an outbreak within a network based on measurements applied to “sparsely placed observers or sensors” as opposed to all nodes of the network. This...

Supposedly Widespread Use of TrapWire Terrorist Detection System Revealed by WikiLeaks

WikiLeaks delivers new inside intel that brings to light government and corporate big names’ supposed plans to use TrapWire, a spy tool designed to help prevent terrorist attacks, as reported by zdnet.com. TrapWire was developed by Abraxas Corporation and, according to its technical specification, was intended to cover a very precise need: “the prevention of terrorist attacks on critical infrastructure requ...

Easter Egg in Government-Sanctioned Trojan Proves Programmer Humor Not Dead

An easter egg hidden in a commercial spyware product from Gamma International proves once again that programmer’s humor is not dead, even when government interests are at stake. According to an analysis report from Claudio Guarnieri, a researcher at Rapid7, the FinFisher Lawful Interception malware responds with “Hallo Steffi!” whenever their servers are queried. This is presumed to be an internal joke, but...

Data Breach Hits Battle.net, Exposes Players

Online gaming service battle.net has fallen victim to unauthorized access and the leak of sensitive user information. Even though credit card data is thought to be safe, a list of email addresses for global Battle.net users, as well as the answer to the personal security question, hashed passwords and information relating to Mobile and Dial-In Authenticators have fallen into the wrong hands, according to th...

Stanford, Oregon University Hospitals Face Security Breach; Patients’ Data Exposed Through Device Theft/Loss

Approximately 2,500 patients of Stanford Hospital & Clinics and the Stanford University School of Medicine may have seen their personal data exposed after a physician’s password-protected laptop was stolen July 15 or 16, as reported by cmio.net. “University officials stressed that based on tracking software installed on the computer, there is no evidence that the private information has been accessed an...

FBI’s Latest Internet Crime Complaint List Cites Fake Political Survey, Ransomware, Spoofed Updates and Malicious Attachments

A new Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) report on “recent cyber crime trends, new twists to previously-existing cyber scams” released on August 8 outlines fake free credit services, a fake political survey, a spoofed Microsoft update and other threats reported by thousands of victims. The report, which aggregates information from law enforcement bodies and from complaints submitted to the IC3 to raise a...

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