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 ...

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...

Nvidia Forum Suspended After 400,000 Passwords Were Hacked

Nvidia suspended its Developer Zone forum and started an investigation after 400,000 hacked credentials were posted online. Though it described the attack as targeting only “a small proportion of users,” the company warned members should change identical passwords they use elsewhere. “Nvidia suspended operations today of the Nvidia Developer Zone,” the firm’s representatives said after the password breach....

US, UK and AU under Heavy Nigerian-Type Scam Rain

Scammers propose business partnerships to random people, suggesting significant returns for small efforts.    A fresh Nigerian scam campaign that started last week aims mainly at US, UK and Australian citizens to con them into revealing personal information that will eventually lead to pilfering moderate sums of money from gullible good-hearted strangers. One such story presents Mr. Hamza Ahmed al-Khabeir,...

NTIA’s First Step Toward App Privacy Code of Conduct Received with Doubt

Various stakeholders in the US National Telecommunications and Information Administration took a first step toward developing a code of conduct for mobile app transparency in a meeting June 12 by focusing the debate on what becomes of information once collected and deposited by mobile apps.  "Transparency, in itself, has no value,” said Pat Walshe, director of privacy at GSMA, a mobile carrier trade group,...

Microsoft Disables Windows Sidebar and Gadgets to Keep Users Safe

To avoid a possible security flaw, Microsoft made available a fix to disable Windows Sidebar and Gadgets in Windows Vista and Windows 7. The software company intends to keep its users protected in case they run insecure Gadgets that may trigger the execution of arbitrary code by the windows Sidebar and Gadgets. “An attacker who successfully exploited a Gadget vulnerability could run arbitrary code in the co...

Hackers Spill 453,000 Yahoo Credentials on the Internet

Attackers allegedly exposed 453,000 Yahoo credentials, posting them on hacker site D33D Company as plain text. The compromised server was likely Yahoo! Voice, formerly known as Associated Content, as first reported by TrustedSec. Hackers got into the Yahoo subdomain using a union-based SQL injection technique that pumps in newly formed database commands, dumping the database contents to the attacker. "We ho...

Location Tracking and Prediction Algorithm Know Your Future Plan

A prediction algorithm that uses location tracking, communication patterns, app usage, and other metrics was developed by U.K. researchers to track and predict users’ movement with up to 24 hours in advance. The 200 volunteers in the 18-month experiment proved the prediction algorithm was less than 20 meters off in determining where users would be within the next 24 hours. Even friends’ patterns were used i...

Cybercrime “Missile” Claims Largest Financial Losses in History

The billions of dollars spent annually on dealing with damage caused by cybercrime constitutes “the greatest transfer of wealth in history," according to the director of the National Security Agency (NSA), U.S. Army Gen. Keith B. Alexander. He made the comment on Monday at the "Cybersecurity and American Power" event organized by the American Enterprise Institute this Monday. Alexander’s speech called for g...

Google’s Safari Cookie Tracking Slapped with FTC Fine

Google was penalized by the FTC for tracking Safari browser cookies even after users explicitly disabled the browser feature. The fine is rumored to be around $22.5 million, making it the largest penalty the U.S. Federal Trade Commission ever on a single company. By means of a special computer code, Google was monitoring activities without prior consent. Although the company says it was inadvertent, users w...

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