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 ...

iOS 6 Tightens Grip on Apps’ Access to Personal Data

Following a series of allegations of privacy infringement, apps running iOS 6 must require explicit user permission to access calendars, reminders, contacts and photos. In February 2012, Arun Thampi, a Ruby/iOS Developer in Singapore, made a discovery that sparked up a heated privacy-protection debate. Thampi found out that Path, a popular app in the App Store, accessed his address book and sent its content...

Cyber-Crime Prevention May Prove More Costly to UK Government Coffers

Only a fraction of the estimated £640 million the UK government spends every year toward measures against cybercrime is channeled toward law enforcement, according to a cybercrime study commissioned by the UK’s Ministry of Defence and carried out by a team of Cambridge University scholars, in cooperation with German, Dutch and American scientists. A shift of focus from surveillance and preventative actions...

Android App Earns Scammers Over 20 Million Yen

A malware-infected Android app that scammed users out of 20 million yen (£160,740) lead to the arrest of six men in Tokyo. Posing as a video playback app, the malware affected 9,252 users who visited an adult site believed to have been created to deliver the virus. Two IT executives were involved in the scam and the six-man operation was dismantled shortly after officials started investigating. Once install...

Trojan Sneaks into LinkedIn Spam Attachments

Malware is starting to take advantage of LinkedIn’s popularity, with bogus e-mails allegedly coming from the professional social network. Some of the scams that have become antiquated on Facebook are now spreading on LinkedIn, luring users to install malicious attachments on their computers. The Trojan that sneaks into LinkedIn spam messages injects an invisible iframe into a webpage and then redirects you...

Intel Chips Prone to Hacks – 64-bit OSs Deemed Vulnerable

Intel CPUs are prone to hacker attacks after a vulnerability in the way they implement the SYSRET instruction was discovered in their x86-64 extension. The vulnerability could allow hackers to execute code with kernel privileges while in a non-administrator account, or to gain control of a host operating system after escaping a virtual machine. The U.S. Computer Emergency Readiness Team (US-CERT) issued a s...

U.S. Power Grid at Increasing Risk of Intrusion or Sabotage

Fraudulent authentication certificates may provide illegal access to the $400 billion U.S. power market and cause extensive damage, according to Jesse Hurley, co-chair of the North American Energy Standards Board (NAESB) Critical Infrastructure Committee, as quoted by cnet.com. The problem apparently lies with the security degree of the system based on which digital authentication signatures are created and...

Brit Who Hacked X-Factor, PBS Faces Charges in U.S. Too

The 20 year-old Brit who allegedly hacked Fox, PBS, and Sony Pictures, was indicted in the U.S. on conspiracy and hacking charges. Ryan Cleary could face up to 25 years in prison, according to the Associated Press. The American federal grand jury accuses the alleged LulzSec hacker of attacking the Fox reality TV show "The X-Factor" and the "PBS News Hour," but also several music companies and government sec...

Facebook, Google, Twitter, AOL Form Alliance Against “Bad Ads”

Facebook, Google, Twitter, and AOL will start working together to fight “bad ads.” The companies formed an alliance today to combat ads delivering malware, scams, or counterfeit products. The Ads Integrity Alliance also includes the Interactive Advertising Bureau. “Bad ads reduce trust in the web and in online advertising,” Google’s Global Public Policy Manager Eric Davis said in a blog post today. “The web...

Global Payments Says Consumer Data May Have Been Stolen With Credit Card Numbers

Cyber thieves who stole more than 1.5 million credit card numbers may have also taken consumer data from the services of credit card processor Global Payments, according to a bulletin issued by the company. All those affected should start monitoring their credit for any suspicious behavior, the company said, adding that unauthorized access via a subset of merchant applicants might have given hackers access...

SpexSec and Zer0Pwn Hacking Spree – Government Institutions Targeted

The two hacking groups have separately breached two government institutions from Louisiana and Tennessee, spilling classified data onto the internet. SpexSec broke into a Tennessee Government Institution and published passport and visa information of over 200 people suspected of terrorism on Pastebin. The group claims more detailed information could have been published, but it would have taken too long to p...

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