Bitdefender BOX unveiled its breakthrough security features at Pepcom NY

Bitdefender BOX unveiled its breakthrough security features at Pepcom NY

The Internet of Things (IoT) or Internet of Threats, as we often call it, has been labeled "the next Industrial Revolution" by journalists because of the way it will change the way ...

Top 5 Wi-Fi Hotspot Locations to Avoid on Your Holiday

Top 5 Wi-Fi Hotspot Locations to Avoid on Your Holiday

Whenever you go on holiday, you end up taking all your personal data. The information on your personal phone, laptop or other smart device is at more risk of being compromised or s ...

Grand Prix Prize for the Best Overall Security Blog goes to HotForSecurity!

Grand Prix Prize for the Best Overall Security Blog goes to HotForSecurity!

It happened! Last night, this blog received the Grand Prix Prize for the Best Overall Security Blog at the European Security Blogger Awards in London! An award we are happy to shar ...

Smart switch may turn off your Wi-Fi for good

Smart switch may turn off your Wi-Fi for good

You might be risking your privacy, and even physical security, if you use a next-generation switch to control appliances in your home. Image source: Flickr In analyzing several IoT ...

Easy Tips to Dodge E-banking Fraud

Easy Tips to Dodge E-banking Fraud

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 keep our eyes peeled for new ...

Malicious Proxy Redirects SSL Google Traffic for 1 Million IPs

Malicious Proxy Redirects SSL Google Traffic for 1 Million IPs

Online advertising is a multi-billion dollar business mostly ran by Google, Yahoo or Bing via AdSense-like programs. The current generation of clickbots such as the Redirector.Paco ...

Android Malware Promises Porn, but Roots Device and Installs Other Malware

Android Malware Promises Porn, but Roots Device and Installs Other Malware

Android malware is not unusual; we’ve even seen it pop up in Google’s Marketplace app on several occasions. Increasing in both sophistication and stealthiest, Android malware has m ...

Mom, I Bought You a Public Toilet Survival Kit for Mother’s Day

“Hello mom. I know I haven’t called you in a while, but here I was, at the office, and got an e-mail with a major discount for Mother’s Day. When can I stop by to drop off the public toilet survival kit I got for you?” If you find yourself having this implausible conversation with your mom, check your inbox – you’re probably infected with the latest Mother’s day spam. Scammers mostly pull out the same old t...

Flaw in VoIP App Viber Allows Attackers to Unlock Victims’ Smartphones

An improperly implemented feature in popular voice-over-IP application Viber can help cyber-criminals to bypass the locking mechanism of smartphones. UPDATE: Viber has contacted us to announce an update that fixes the issue. Please make sure that you install the update from Google Play or from the company's product page. According to a report by BKAV, Android-based smartphones running Viber can be unlocked...

Facebook Shuts Down Group Offering Fraud ‘Services’

A Facebook group that offered fraud ‘services’ was recently shut down after the social network found its members published credit card details, networks of hacked computers and other illegal information, according to The Guardian. The group identified by RSA security researchers included a list of stolen identities apparently obtained by a member. The fake profile, launched on 28 February, gathered 163 “lik...

Terminal Flaws May Help Hackers Breach Stoplights, Gas Pumps

Hackers may breach stoplights and gas pumps through vulnerable serial port systems, according to Rapid7. The security company warns thousands of systems are exposed to cyber-attacks because they connect to the Internet through insecure terminal servers. More than 114,000 serial port systems are vulnerable, most belonging to Digi International or Lantronix, according to the company. Most of the servers acces...

Point of Sale Terminals Most Affected by Breaches in Health Care Industry, Data Shows

Point of sale terminals are the most common target in breaches in the health care system, even as health care professionals focus more on protecting data privacy than payment systems, according to Verizon's 2013 Data Breach Investigations Report (DBIR). Some 64 percent of such breaches in the health care system focus on point of sale terminals while only 38 percent target desktops or workstations, according...

Associated Press Twitter Account Hack Hits US Stock Prices

The Associated Press Twitter account was hacked and a false tweet informing followers of a bombing attempt at the White House was posted on The AP’s behalf. The attack was claimed by the Syrian Electronic Army. Saying President Obama was hurt during the incident, the tweet caused a seven-minute stock price plunge that recovered after The AP reported the hack and confirmed the tweet was bogus. "The @AP Twitt...

China Chief Source of Cyber-Espionage-Type Attacks, Study Says

With about 40 percent of the world’s computer attack traffic in 2012, China provided most IP addresses linked to data breaches, according to a Verizon report. More than 95 percent were used in cyber espionage against private and state department sectors. China was the country of origin for most computer breaches, according to Verizon study Data Breach Investigation Report. This doesn’t necessarily prove tha...

Teavana May Have Suffered Security Breach, Brian Krebs Informs

Law officials and finance institutions suspect a security breach at tea and tea accessories retailer Teavana in which miscreants used stolen data to clone credit and debit cards. Neither Teavana nor Starbucks, the coffee company that bought the Teavana franchise last year, confirmed the breach, but an ongoing federal investigation points toward foul play at Teavana. An anonymous source with a high-profile U...

BadNews Android Malware Active Since June 2012

Google Play apps harboring the BadNews Android malware that has recently made the news have been spotted in the wild since June 2012 as Android.Trojan.InfoStealer.AK, according to Bitdefender specialists. The June 2012 version of BadNews was not designed to install fake updates, but could have been a first attempt at testing a new malware delivery system able to bypass Google’s app screening process. Althou...

Former Hostgator Employee Charged for Planting Backdoor on 2,700 Servers

Police apprehended 29-year-old Eric Gunnar Gisse of San Antonio, Texas and charged him with rooting 2,700 servers of his former employer, Hostgator. Gisse, a medium-level administrator, is believed to have installed the Trojan with the intent of remotely accessing all the rooted servers at will. Prosecutors with the district attorney’s office of Harris County in Texas accused Gisse of felony breach of compu...

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