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 ...

Win a MacBook Air with Bitdefender #hugamac

Win a MacBook Air with Bitdefender #hugamac

Here’s your chance to win a brand new 13” MacBook Air by just posting a selfie with your current Mac, followed by the hashtag #hugamac. You can use Facebook, Twitter, and even Inst ...

Open Source Tool Lets You Hack into the Power Grid for “Educational Purposes”

Electric utility smart meters installed in millions of homes across the United States will likely have a hard time ahead, as security consulting firm SecureState released a new open source hacking tool that can “audit” the meter for software bugs. Dubbed the “Termineter”, the tool can be freely downloaded from the company’s website. It's  aimed at security professionals and penetration testers hired by util...

Computer Game Helps You Pick Better Passwords, Researchers Find

A new computer game designed by researchers at the Stanford University allows users to pick their passwords in a totally unpredictable way. The game is based on a combination of cryptography (the “art” of encryption) and neuroscience that suppresses the emergence of common patterns. Password theft has become much easier for social engineers, who can basically tell one users’ password by simply analyzing the...

“Young and Stupid” For Hacking Feminist African Organization, Attacker Says

The hacker that leaked 50,000 accounts of the feminist organization Womens Land Link Africa is now overwhelmed with regrets, and confessed on Pastebin that he has made a mistake because he’s “young as stupid.” “Right. I've made a mistake obviously,” AnonymousAustralia hacktivist known as DoktorBass said. “I feel very guilty now about dumping that site, I shouldn't have done it. It was a site promoting women...

Global Spam Takes a Blow as Grum Botnet is Taken Down

Roughly 18 percent of global spam was cut down as security experts blocked Grum botnet's command and control servers in Netherlands and Panama on Tuesday. Shortly after the two servers were blocked, Grum’s architects quickly set up seven new command and control centers in Russia and Ukraine. The takedown ended successfully on Wednesday morning as a direct result of a successful collaboration between FireEye...

Wi-Fi Drive-By and Burglary Net Thieves $3 Million, and Prison Time

Combining old fashion burglary with powerful Wi-Fi receivers enabled three Seattle men to raise $3 million in identity theft and payroll theft. By attaching a powerful Wi-Fi receiver to a vehicle and driving around businesses’ headquarters, Joshuah Allen Witt, John Earl Griffin, and Brad Eugene Lowe managed to profit from accessing more than 50 wireless networks from Seattle businesses. Where technology fai...

Anon Launches Official IRC Channel in Bid for Support

In a bid to garner more support, hacktivist group Anonymous has announced the launch of an official IRC channel where, it says, everyone interested in joining their cause to “fight against the possibility of censorship” can do so without restriction. The press release, Anonymous also places a stronger public emphasis on fighting Internet censorship by standing up against bills like ACTA, CISPA, FISA, NDRP a...

Fake Store App Broadcasts Your GPS Coordinates

Bitdefender Labs stumbled on some interesting Android spyware that broadcasts your GPS location to a remote server on a regular basis. Hiding in the background and only displaying an icon that has “Store” written on it, the spyware boots up every time you reset your device or when you install/uninstall an app. Here’s the app’s icon:   It’s obvious that it tries to trick users into thinking it has store-like...

Re-using Passwords Compromises Users’ Online Identity

Login data found on lists of leaked credentials after hack attacks against service providers proved users continue to use the same id and password for more than one online account. By choosing to reuse passwords for more than one account, people end up leaving all those accounts vulnerable to hacking. In case of a data leak, where logins get into the wrong hands, all other accounts with the same password ca...

Bug in Skype Lands Conversations in Wrong Windows

IM provider Skype appears to have made a major privacy error yesterday, which may have unforeseen consequences for its users. According to multiple support requests on the Skype forums, instant message delivery has become impossible or, even worse, have been delivered to random Skype users. Image credit: Skype “Messages sent by one contact (2 lines out of a hundred or so) were sent to another contact of min...

German Card PINs Exposed Through Vulnerable Magnetic Stripe Terminal

Card data and PIN numbers might be at risk when using Germany’s Hypercom Artema Hybrid card terminal. A critical security hole can easily be exploited via a TCP/IP connection by means of a buffer overflow attack that can take control of the device. Without requiring hardware tampering, the security hole circumvents the Hardware Security Module, as demonstrated by Thomas Roth from Berlin-based Security Resea...

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