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 ...

Hottest Snapchats – Another Early 2015 Facebook Scam!

Hottest Snapchats – Another Early 2015 Facebook Scam!

A spam campaign revealing the 10 “hottest snapchats” is a new entry to the long list of Facebook scams flooding the social media platform in 2015, according to Bitdefender Online T ...

Bitdefender’s Pick. Celebrating Asimov, the writer who focused on AI and coined the term ‘robotics’

Bitdefender’s Pick. Celebrating Asimov, the writer who focused on AI and coined the term ‘robotics’

What is Bitdefender's Pick? The enlightened minds of mathematicians, cryptographers, engineers, physicists, inventors and others have shaped the computer and the Internet into what ...

Top 10 Data Breaches of 2014; Lessons Learned for a Safer 2015

Top 10 Data Breaches of 2014; Lessons Learned for a Safer 2015

2014 was a memorable year for large-scale cybersecurity breaches. Target started the year on the wrong foot, exposing 110 million people’s personal information. Then, Sony Pictures ...

Top 5 Social Media Security Predictions of 2015

Top 5 Social Media Security Predictions of 2015

Mobile ransomware, targeted job fraud, and Trojans lurking behind shocking videos are all expected to make their appearance on social media in 2015, security software solutions pro ...

Stalkers, Nude Photos and Beheadings: Top Facebook Scams and Malware Attacks in 2014

Stalkers, Nude Photos and Beheadings: Top Facebook Scams and Malware Attacks in 2014

Millions of people fell for Facebook scams in 2014. They lost money, reputation and even their jobs after simply clicking on the wrong social media link. Though security experts, c ...

Tornado Alert in Illinois Triggered by Unidentified Hacker

The villagers of two small towns in Illinois were awoken in fear by the sound of sirens, as the tornado alert system fell in the hands of unidentified hackers. For more than half an hour, the sirens played alerts of natural disaster and military attack until they were taken offline. According to a report published by Chicago Tribune, the tornado alert system was switched on at around 9 p.m. for three minute...

Zeus Malware Grabs Your Money via Facebook, Gmail

A new variant of the notorious Zeus malware is targeting Facebook and Gmail. The fresh scam asks unwary users to “link” their credit card information with either Facebook or Google and transform these accounts into digital wallets. Whenever the user tries to bring up Facebook or Gmail from an infected PC, they are presented with the genuine service login page, but, in the background, Zeus injects its code i...

Phishing Attacker in Georgia Faces up to 50 Years in Prison

A phishing attacker in Georgia was convicted of multiple banking hacks and faces up to 50 years in prison and a $1 million fine, according to a FBI press release. 32-year old Osarhieme Uyi Obaygbona was accused of conspiracy to commit wire fraud, identity theft, and gaining unauthorized access to protected computers. Because of his attacks, Chase Bank, Bank of America, ADP, and Brank Bank & Trust Co. al...

Website Defacement Reveals Turkish, Libyan and Syrian Brotherhood

The Turkish Foreign Ministry was hacked, and photos of Prime Minister Recep Tayyp Erdogan embracing Syrian president and Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi were posted online, according to media reports. The headline above the images read “Ministry of War and Slavery, not Foreign Affairs,” while the caption read “Brothers yesterday, enemies today.” RedHack hackers also grabbed personal data of hundreds of fore...

Android SMS Bot Uses Twitter to Hide C&C Server

An Android SMS bot that uses Twitter and spreads through spam attachments read from Android-running devices was spotted in the wild. With the ability to hide its launcher icon, the SMS bot makes it difficult for users to spot its detection after the installation process is completed. Its foreground process is named "Be social! plugin" and it activates when it receives intents like android.intent.action.BOOT...

Ethical Hackers Seek to Keep Olympic Games Safe

More than 200,000 hours were logged in by Atos, the lead technology company in charge of cyber-security for the Olympic Games, for simulated attacks on their IT infrastructure. With over 11,500 computers and servers across Britain, Atos starts running its Olympic Technology Operations Center next week. The company recruited "ethical hackers" to carry out a series of attacks aimed at finding security flaws t...

Ice Cream Sandwich Clickjacking Easy as Pie

A research team at North Carolina State University developed a proof-of-concept prototype rootkit for Android 4.0.4 OS to demonstrate that clickjacking attacks can be pulled off effortlessly. The novelty behind this rootkit is that it attacks the Android framework rather than performing deep modifications of the underlying kernel, like previous exploits did. For example, the rootkit could hide or redirect a...

Olympics Award Scams Lead to Identity Theft

Though UK police have made a couple of arrests for London Olympics scams, creative cyber-crooks don’t get scared that easily. Now, they've gone phishing. Scammers continue to find inspiration to create new London Olympics dirty tricks, this time via e-mail. Bitdefender Labs clinched the new phishing attempts that try to lure people into sending their personal information for a bogus award varying from 500,0...

Facebook App Replaces Contact’s E-mail Addresses with Corresponding @facebook.com

The Facebook application was caught red-handed shuffling through smartphone owners’ address books to change contacts’ e-mail addresses with those provided by the social networking platform. All the listed contacts with a corresponding Facebook account will automatically be attributed a @facebook.com e-mail address to replace existing ones. This way all the messages a smartphone user sends to their contacts...

Windows 8 Secure Boot Feature Slows Down Linux Adoption

If you’re planning to buy a brand-new Windows 8 computer and also run a Linux distro on the same machine, you’d better think twice. Microsoft’s upcoming Secure Boot feature has sparked an intense debate on the future of the open-source operating systems such as Linux. Secure Boot is a technology implemented by Microsoft in the upcoming Windows 8 that can stop a computer from loading an operating system that...

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