Machine Learning Technologies Make the Internet More Secure

Machine Learning Technologies Make the Internet More Secure

Asimov’s positronic brain may still be just literature for now, but artificial intelligence is already making the difference in computer security technologies. Bitdefender 2015, cr ...

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 ...

New Apple ID phishing attack targets your on- and off-line life

New phishing campaign that claims to safely change your Apple ID password is in fact fishing for gadget owners’ critical information. Apple customers are once again the target of a phishing campaign that attempts to collect log-in information. The message, disguised as a password reset message, lures victims to a phishing web page to “review” the original password. Making use of social engineering, the scam...

University of South Carolina Breach Results in 34,000 Possible Victims

34,000 students, staffers and researchers with the University of South Carolina run the risk of having their private data exposed as a result of a breach of the institution’s system. Their names, addresses and Social Security numbers are in danger of falling into the wrong hands. This incident appears to be the sixth, and the most ample, security breach against the USC in the past six years, exposing a tota...

Bitdefender Dominates Anti-Phishing Field in AV-Comparatives Testing

Bitdefender has proven the best in the industry at detecting phishing attempts in extensive testing by independent analysis firm AV- Comparatives. In July testing that pitted 18 leading antivirus software providers against 574 actual, live phishing URLs extracted from recent attack e-mails, Bitdefender Internet Security 2012 came out No. 1. Bitdefender blocked 97.4 percent of all URLs, shutting down attempt...

Phishing Attacks Inflict $687 Million in Losses in First Half

More than $687 million was lost worldwide because of phishing attacks in the first half of the year, according to RSA FraudAction Research Labs. This represents a 32 per cent increase in losses compared to the same period of 2011, and a slight decrease compared to the second half of the same year.  At the same time, phishing numbers marked a notable worldwide increase, with more than 32,000 attacks a month...

McDonald’s, Nickelodeon Accused of Kids Commercial Exploit

Several advocacy groups accused McDonald's, General Mills and other companies of violating kids' privacy by viral marketing, and asked the Federal Trade Commission to investigate the issue, according to media reports. The Center for Media Justice, the Center for Digital Democracy, the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, and 14 other consumer advocates filed a complaint against McDonald’s, V...

Google Analytics May Violate Norwegian Privacy Laws

The Norwegian Data Protection Authority is investigating the use of Google Analytics by The Norwegian Tax Administration and the State Educational Loan Fund, because collected data can potentially track users by storing their IP addresses. The two government authorities are believed to have no control over how IP addresses are handled, enabling Google to use the data for other purposes than measuring traffi...

Online Fraud Earns Jail Time for German Felons

German authorities arrested a 23-year-old man who used a network of 187 fake online stores to make $1.36 million selling fictitious electric equipment and home appliances between November 2008 and August 2011. The cybercrime gang also launched a phishing campaign which asked users to verify their bank credentials because a possible virus attack might have left them vulnerable. More than 117 illegal transact...

One in Two US Execs Worried about Data Security and Cybercrime, Study Shows

Some 42 percent of 11,340 surveyed US board members have a concrete response and crisis management plan in the event of a cyber-attack against their corporations. With more and more US-based companies adopting the Internet as the favorite channel of communication, sales and delivery in the past decade, online safety has become a key concern in 2012.  The 2012 Law and the Boardroom Study commissioned by The...

DNS Changer IPs Available Again, New Servers Risk Post-Mortem Hammering

In a surprising move, European IP regulator RIPE NCC has made available two of the IP blocks seized by the FBI and the Internet Systems Consortium during the DNS Changer incident last month. From November, 2011 until July 2012, these IP ranges used by DNS Changer were controlled by the FBI as per the US court order to prevent a blackout for the infected PCs. After the expiration of the court order, they hav...

Indian Government Sets Temporary SMS Ban to Fight Muslim Violence Rumors

In an attempt to halt a wave of hatred-inducing rumors sweeping the country, Indian ISPs have been officially requested to temporarily prevent users from sending out bulk SMSes and to block access to specific websites, as reported by pcworld. The measure comes as a reaction to workers stationed in the Northeastern area of the country rushing home after receiving short messages on their mobile phones about a...

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