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 ...

Google Jelly Bean Bug Causes Defect in Android Apps

Google introduced paid app encryption with the launch of their latest Android OS version, dubbed Jelly Bean, to prevent illegal distribution of purchased downloaded apps. A device-specific key is encoded into each purchased app, so copying them to other devices will render them unusable. However, a system startup code defect in Android 4.1 OS corrupts the files and causes frustration when users try launchin...

Google Play and Spammy Apps

With almost 600,000 apps on Google Play, tighter restrictions to regulate app quality are set in place by the search engine giant. In a recent letter to developers, Google outlined a new set of rules, which will hopefully police all spammy apps, cloned games, and malware from Google Play. A simple search for the word “race” in Google Play will reveal tons of apps that although pose as racing or sport simula...

Iranian Institutions Give Up Internet to Keep Cyber-Attacks at Bay

Iran decides to cut off Internet access for some key ministries and state organizations starting this September to protect them against cyber-attacks. Viruses such as Stuxnet and Flamer that have been hitting Iran with regularity for the past years convinced local authorities that an offline computer network would significantly diminish the risk posed by threats traveling through the World Wide Web.   Irani...

21-year-old Faces Jail for Forecasting DDoS Attacks against Government Sites

Hong Kong police arrested a man for using his Facebook account to boast intentions of launching DDoS attacks against government web sites. Police handcuffed the 21-year-old on Friday and released him on bail, to return in October. According to The Register, Chinese media speculates the man has ties to the local Anonymous group after he told South China Morning Post that "many protesters are resorting to hac...

First removal tool for Olympics-related malware launched by Bitdefender

With the Summer Olympic Games going on, nearly four in 10,000 messages are mentioning the event. While some of these messages are trying to push replica products and medicine totally unrelated to the event, some others are trying to plant malware on your PC with fake plane ticket confirmations or to steal your identity with prize award notifications.  If you have already opened an attachment enclosed in the...

Gizmodo Twitter Account Hack Reveals Apple’s Vulnerability to Social Engineering

News of Gizmodo’s Twitter account getting hacked last Friday , as reported by Forbes, was met with concern as to how exactly the attacker did it. With the discovery that former Gizmodo employee Mat Honan’s e-mail and Twitter accounts had been illicitly accessed, came a possible answer. It was initially suspected his passwords were not strong enough. After strenuous digging, Honan retraced the hacker’s steps...

Week-end Hackathon Hits Reuters; Newswire’s Blog Platform Falls first, Next its Twitter Account

Reuters saw its blogging platform and its Twitter accounts temporarily misappropriated by propaganda supporting the Free Syrian Army. On August 3, hackers secure illicit access to the Reuters News’ blogging platform and post a fake interview with Free Syrian Army head Riad al-Asaad. "Reuters.com was a target of a hack on Friday. Our blogging platform was compromised and fabricated blog posts were falsely at...

Ramadan-Themed Phishing, Nigerian Scams Hit Muslim Internet Users

Cyber-criminals used the start of the month of Ramadan on 20th July to launch a series of scams and spam against faithful Muslim internet users observing the fast. Bitdefender Labs has stumbled on an increasing number of spam targeting Islamic users in the holiest month, including Nigerian-style scam offers, a barrage of sale offers and bait set out by potential identity thieves. Here is one such example, a...

Thousands of iPhone apps may access user contacts and track location, Bitdefender study shows

Research conducted by Bitdefender, the award-winning provider of innovative antivirus solutions, has revealed almost one in five iOS apps can access a user’s iPhone Address Book, while some 41 percent can track your location and more than one in three store user data without encrypting it. The study of more than 65,000 apps distributed widely on the Apple App Store revealed tens of thousands tap contact inf...

Identity Theft May Cost US Billions in Tax Refund Fraud

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) revealed in its latest audit a dazzling sum of money paid to lawbreakers who filed counterfeit tax returns on behalf of deceased or socially assisted citizens. The fiscal audit “focuses on identity theft related to tax refunds, which occurs when an individual uses another person’s name and Social Security Number to file a fraudulent tax return in order to obtain a fraudule...

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