Machine Learning Technologies Make the Internet More Secure

Machine Learning Technologies Make the Internet More Secure

Asimov’s positronic brain may still be just literature for now, but artificial intelligence is already making the difference in computer security technologies. Bitdefender 2015, cr ...

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 ...

Supposedly Widespread Use of TrapWire Terrorist Detection System Revealed by WikiLeaks

WikiLeaks delivers new inside intel that brings to light government and corporate big names’ supposed plans to use TrapWire, a spy tool designed to help prevent terrorist attacks, as reported by zdnet.com. TrapWire was developed by Abraxas Corporation and, according to its technical specification, was intended to cover a very precise need: “the prevention of terrorist attacks on critical infrastructure requ...

Easter Egg in Government-Sanctioned Trojan Proves Programmer Humor Not Dead

An easter egg hidden in a commercial spyware product from Gamma International proves once again that programmer’s humor is not dead, even when government interests are at stake. According to an analysis report from Claudio Guarnieri, a researcher at Rapid7, the FinFisher Lawful Interception malware responds with “Hallo Steffi!” whenever their servers are queried. This is presumed to be an internal joke, but...

Data Breach Hits Battle.net, Exposes Players

Online gaming service battle.net has fallen victim to unauthorized access and the leak of sensitive user information. Even though credit card data is thought to be safe, a list of email addresses for global Battle.net users, as well as the answer to the personal security question, hashed passwords and information relating to Mobile and Dial-In Authenticators have fallen into the wrong hands, according to th...

Stanford, Oregon University Hospitals Face Security Breach; Patients’ Data Exposed Through Device Theft/Loss

Approximately 2,500 patients of Stanford Hospital & Clinics and the Stanford University School of Medicine may have seen their personal data exposed after a physician’s password-protected laptop was stolen July 15 or 16, as reported by cmio.net. “University officials stressed that based on tracking software installed on the computer, there is no evidence that the private information has been accessed an...

FBI’s Latest Internet Crime Complaint List Cites Fake Political Survey, Ransomware, Spoofed Updates and Malicious Attachments

A new Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) report on “recent cyber crime trends, new twists to previously-existing cyber scams” released on August 8 outlines fake free credit services, a fake political survey, a spoofed Microsoft update and other threats reported by thousands of victims. The report, which aggregates information from law enforcement bodies and from complaints submitted to the IC3 to raise a...

Australians Rally to Take Down Facebook Page Filled with Racist Memes; “Controversial Humor” Debate Sparks Up

A Facebook page containing racially offensive memes targeting Australian Aboriginals  was met with a fiery reaction from Internet users, as reported by SBS.  The social network initially refused to pull it down, stating “we were not able to confirm that the specific page you reported violates Facebook’s Statement of Rights and Responsibilities”.  An online petition launched by Brisbane resident Jacinta O’Ke...

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...

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