Data Privacy Day: Reminding Us of Data Protection

Data Privacy Day: Reminding Us of Data Protection

Every year on January 28th we are reminded of the importance of our personal data and how it could be misused against us. More than 47 European countries along with United States a ...

Beware, Facebook Scam Shares Porn on Your Groups!

Beware, Facebook Scam Shares Porn on Your Groups!

A new Facebook tag scam is spreading pornographic content in Facebook groups, Bitdefender warns. We came across an evolved version of the known Facebook tag scam that manages to in ...

In 2016, growing IoT comes with new opportunities — and new threats

In 2016, growing IoT comes with new opportunities — and new threats

The Internet of Things is becoming a bigger part of consumers’ daily lives, thanks in large part to smart phones with larger screens that people use to control smart devices, accor ...

Ten facts you might not know about Linux

Ten facts you might not know about Linux

Today is Linus Torvalds’ 46th birthday! He is the inventor and lead developer of Linux kernel, the core of the operating system we all know and use today under various shapes and s ...

Tech trends: what to expect in 2016

Tech trends: what to expect in 2016

‘Cyber-security’, ’encryption’, ‘the Cloud’ and ‘machine learning’ have been among the buzzwords of 2015. We expect them to be at least as trendy next year, with technology compani ...

Biggest cyber-security events of 2015; lessons learned for a safer 2016

Biggest cyber-security events of 2015; lessons learned for a safer 2016

2 million compromised records 38% increase in security incidents First hacked smart car First ransomware for Linux Launch of Windows 10 and privacy concerns 14 million US governmen ...

CryptoWall 4.0 returns to the wild, posing as good guy

CryptoWall 4.0 returns to the wild, posing as good guy

The infamous CryptoWall ransomware family is back, encrypting files under the false pretenses of testing AV solutions for their’ “suitability” to protect data. “CryptoWall Project ...

Yahoo Accounts Hijacked via XSS-Type Attack

Popular webmail provider Yahoo has been slammed with a new e-mail-based attack that seizes control of victims’ accounts. Bitdefender Labs discovered the ongoing campaign today and are once again warning users about the dangers of clicking spammy links.  The account hijacking begins with a spam message with a short link to an apparently harmless session of the reliable news channel MSNBC (hxxp://www.msnbc.ms...

Ruby on Rails Steams Critical Security Patch

The popular Ruby on Rails web application development framework that uses Ruby coding language received an “extremely critical security fix” to be installed “immediately”. Described as a remote code execution vulnerability, the patch fixes a vulnerability in the Rails JSON code that might have enabled authentication bypass in the hands of skilled cyber-criminals. Also patching a vulnerability that could arb...

DVR Flaw Allows Attacker to Control Security Cameras

Security researchers revealed vulnerabilities in the digital video recorders of CCTV video cameras that would allow an attacker to seize control of the buggy devices to watch the recorded video streams, copy, delete or turn them on and off. Apart from enabling illegal access to the security camera systems, the buggy devices also transform the machine into a jumping-off point of access to computers in a netw...

US Military to Hire 4,000 More Cyber-Soldiers

The Pentagon’s Cyber Command intends to hire 4,000 more technology specialists to defend the US against imminent cyber-attacks. A US defense official told the Washington Post that “the national mission teams would focus their efforts overseas and that any actions they took would be directed outside U.S. networks — unless the teams were asked to provide assistance to another agency with domestic authority, s...

Turkmenistan TLD Leaks Domain Data, Unencrypted Passwords

A group of pentesters in Iran have successfully breached Turkmenistan’s Domain Registry and gained access to the name-server management console for the registered .tm domains. The hackers say they found a way to inject SQL code in hidden form fields with insufficient validation and input sanitization. The attack yielded a complete database dump, which one would expect to contain customer names, e-mail addre...

Bitdefender Data Protection Webinar Tackles User Privacy Topics on January 28

Bitdefender, which signed on this month to become a Data Privacy Champion, aims to alert computer users to the growing risks to their privacy and help them control their digital footprint in the company’s new status as a Data Privacy Champion. As a pioneer in data privacy, Bitdefender is hosting a webinar to examine what kind of data is sent and collected over the internet on January 28 between 9AM and 10AM...

Barracuda Firewall Rigged With Hard-Coded Backdoor

A number of hardware security appliances made by Barracuda Networks ship with an undocumented backdoor in their firmware, according to a report by SEC Consult Vulnerability Lab. This backdoor allows an attacker to gain access to the appliances by simply tapping into them via SSH and logging in with a pre-defined username and password. The backdoor is built into a variety of products, such as Spam and Virus...

New Wave of BBB Scam Spreads Downloader of ZBot

It’s the time of the year again when malware criminals launch a new episode of the Better Business Bureau spam campaign. This time, the e-mails infect people with a Trojan that steals sensitive information from recipients. If you were lucky enough not to receive this kind of spam, the BBB attack consists of a message supposedly from the Better Business Bureau telling recipients that a business customer has...

Facebook Users Vulnerable to Scammers’ Graph Search Abuse

Several tech-savvy people got a good laugh out of Facebook's new Graph Search feature after revealing answers such as ‘Married people who like Prostitutes’ or ‘Mothers of Jews who like Bacon.’ “A phishing pool”, “a social engineering nightmare” or “a public embarrassment” – these are just a few of the warnings the media and security specialists have sent in the last days.   Facebook users are vulnerable to...

Gozi Malware Creators Charged in the US; the Russian Faces 95 years in Prison

US authorities have charged three Europeans, including one Russian, for writing and distributing the Gozi malware to steal tens of millions of dollars from bank accounts, according to a press release by prosecutors. Prosecutors say the hackers injected the Gozi malware into a million computers worldwide, including 40,000 in the US and some systems belonging to NASA. The accused Russian national risks a maxi...

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