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 ...

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...

Indian Navy Computers Bugged by Chinese Hackers

Chinese hackers are thought to be behind an attack against India's naval computer systems located in Visakhaptnam, the headquarters of the Eastern Naval Command. Hackers planted a bug in this highly contained facility to steal and send sensitive data to some IP addresses in China, according to The Indian Express on Sunday. The sniffing tool was found in the naval computers exactly as INS Arihant, India’s fi...

“Leap Second” Becomes Giant Problem for Numerous Websites

A tiny “leap second” added to the world’s clock on Saturday caused Reddit, Foursquare, Mozilla, and other companies significant technical problems, giving birth to a sort of a “leap second bug.” A leap second is a regularly scheduled insertion of an extra second into the Coordinated Universal Time when official time keepers hold their clocks back by one second to stay synchronized with the Earth rotation. T...

Stratfor Loses $1.75 Million Due to Hacking

Global security analysis company Stratfor lost $1.75 million after the recent Anonymous-affiliated data breach, according to a court settlement. The firm has to give free subscriptions, a digital book, and credit-monitoring services to affected users. Judges also ordered Stratfor to pay attorney fees for the client who sued after losing personal information in the attack, according to Reuters. The court doc...

Obama Scam Series Continued with Fake Phone Bill Coverage

A member of the SecurityNewsDaily staff spotted a cell phone scam claiming that President Obama will cover your cell phone bill if your send your bank account number to an unknown third party identified through another bank account number, according to an msnbc.com report. Those who fell into this trap receive a “returned payment message next day, plus a $35 bounced check fee,” as specified by msnbc’s Matt...

Lottery Scammers Phishing with More Sophisticated Hooks

A lottery phishing scam is flooding inboxes these days. Allegedly from The National Lottery Commission, the bait lures users not only with a link to the official lottery page, but also with what seems to be a legit e-mail address of the chief executive. UK lottery scammers seemed to have professionalized their social engineering techniques. Users now receive business proposals on behalf of Mark Harris, the...

“Evil” Australian Hacker Sentenced to Two-and-a-half Years

The Australian hacker nicknamed “Evil” was sentenced to two-and-a-half years in prison, but could be released on parole in 12 months because he pleaded guilty, according to Police. David Cecil had been arrested almost a year ago for hacking a National Broadband Network-linked service provider, changing and accessing restricted data. He was also accused of cyber-attacking Sydney University's website, several...

5 Years in Prison for Scarlett Johansson Hacker

The hacker who hijacked nude pictures of Scarlett Johansson, Mila Kunis and other celebrities was sentenced to five years in prison and fined $150,000 for the attacks. 35-year-old Christopher Chaney, from Florida, pleaded guilty to breaking into the email accounts of other celebrities too, including Christina Aguilera, Vanessa Hudgens, Lady Gaga, and Miley Cyrus. He is scheduled to be sentenced for those at...

Operation Japan – Anonymous Protests Against Copyright Law

Anonymous launched a series of attacks against government institutions from Japan following a recent update to Copyright Law. Stipulating that maximum jail sentences should be carried out for uploading pirated music, the Copyright Law even fines offenders up to ¥2 million (£15,982). Announcing “OpJapan” via Twitter, Anonymous carried a series of attacks on websites including the Japanese Ministry of Finance...

International Cyber-Crime Takes a Blow as 24 Hackers Arrested

Authorities arrested 24 international hackers in a joint operation in 13 countries, pulling the plug on a series of “carding” crimes that could have caused over $250 million in losses. With 11 individuals from the U.S. and 13 from abroad, the two-year operation is considered a success, said the FBI. Over 400,000 individuals could have been victimized from stolen credit cards credentials, said FBI Assistant...

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