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 ...

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...

NVIDIA Driver Bug Grants Arbitrary Root Access to Local Users

A flaw in NVIDIA’s closed-source video driver for Linux can be exploited to gain root privileges, according to a notification published by Dave Airlie, veteran Linux kernel and X.org developer. The bug, discovered and documented by an anonymous researcher, had also been submitted to NVIDIA in late June, but the company failed to respond. Image credit: NVIDIA The message is accompanied by a proof-of-concept...

Adware Shifts Focus from Advertising to Data Harvesting

Adware – the annoying software most people know to irritate them with distracting ads – is increasingly taken on a more invasive form and often bundled with spyware as creators seek to tap the potential riches of the data harvesting business, according to Bitdefender research. Just like web advertising boosted the amount of user-generated content in the dot-com era, so has it done with software applications...

Brittons Scammed by Police Ramsomware Malware

Some 36 Brits were scammed out of £100 each by malware that posed as police messaging on more than 1,100 computers, according to a press release. The ransomware was installed on the devices after people accessed infected websites, and caused the PCs to freeze and lock, with a message allegedly coming from the British e-crime Unit, advising users to pay a fine to unlock their computer. “This is a fraud and u...

Anonymous Faces Free Speech Dilemma in Pedophile Battle

Anonymous is second-guessing an attack on Ecatel, the company they accuse of hosting several child pornography websites, after hacktivist members said an attack would harm free speech online. The hacktivist group started a poll among its members to decide how to continue the pedophile battle, according to a press release. The dilemma began after several Anons raised questions about the right to attack a hos...

Facebook Scammers Use Yahoo! Group Links; Victims Duped by Classic Lose Weight Offers

An old timer of the social scam trade – a lose weight advertisement - is now adorned with links to Yahoo! groups. Scammers manage, in this way, to tune up their masterpieces of deceit in such a way as to persuade both the public at large and scam detection engines, which would not normally ban Yahoo! links. The message that helps spread the scam is basically: “if you want to lose weight you should try HCG!...

One in Four 19-Year-Olds in the U.S. Face Tight Parental Control Online

More than a quarter of young adults in the United States whose parents buy antivirus software may face online parental control, according to a Bitdefender survey. Some 25.3 percent parents of late teenagers and young adults (19 years old and older) consider parental control “very important” when buying antivirus software, according to a Bitdefender survey of 1,000 AV software buyers throughout the United St...

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