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 ...

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...

Biometrics to Become Standard Feature on Smart Mobile Devices

Biometrics for Smart Mobile Devices (SMDs) will become a standard feature by the end of the decade, says market research firm Goode Intelligence. The firm predicted 39 million users will own biometric devices by 2015. With BYOD devices being used for both personal and work activities, increased security measures are the next step. Identity management software is predicted as a standardized solution for incr...

Hacked Dropbox Accounts Used in Gambling Spam Campaign

Hacked Dropbox accounts were recently used in a spam campaign that affected a few hundred users. Usernames and passwords were allegedly accessed via third party websites two weeks back, but the recent spam campaign confirms the breach was real. The online file storage service confirmed that user accounts were accessed and an employee documents containing user emails was used in the spam campaign. Users from...

Facebook Lookalikes Hit ‘Adult Only’ Niche; Phishing and Spam Keep Business Going

Messages spreading via Yahoo! Messenger or via the e-mail deliver an interesting offer for 18+ eyes only. Recipients are invited to a Facebook-like network overtly declared or subtly implied to provide participants with adult entertainment. The combination of baits in these cases is brilliant: Facebook or Facebook-like friend requests from unknown persons are already part of the arsenal of online socializat...

Security Researcher Introduces Proof-of-Concept Tool to Infect BIOS, Network Cards, CD-ROMs

For the last decade, persistent e-threats in the form of malicious code sneaking into firmware, EPROMs or BIOS chips were just a bad dream for antivirus companies. This dream has now become a cruel possibility with the introduction of Jonathan Brossard’s proof-of-concept tool that can compromise the OS at boot by replacing the BIOS (Basic Input Output System). Named Rakshasa (after a demon in Hindu mytholog...

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