Data Privacy Day: Reminding Us of Data Protection

Data Privacy Day: Reminding Us of Data Protection

Every year on January 28th we are reminded of the importance of our personal data and how it could be misused against us. More than 47 European countries along with United States a ...

Beware, Facebook Scam Shares Porn on Your Groups!

Beware, Facebook Scam Shares Porn on Your Groups!

A new Facebook tag scam is spreading pornographic content in Facebook groups, Bitdefender warns. We came across an evolved version of the known Facebook tag scam that manages to in ...

In 2016, growing IoT comes with new opportunities — and new threats

In 2016, growing IoT comes with new opportunities — and new threats

The Internet of Things is becoming a bigger part of consumers’ daily lives, thanks in large part to smart phones with larger screens that people use to control smart devices, accor ...

Ten facts you might not know about Linux

Ten facts you might not know about Linux

Today is Linus Torvalds’ 46th birthday! He is the inventor and lead developer of Linux kernel, the core of the operating system we all know and use today under various shapes and s ...

Tech trends: what to expect in 2016

Tech trends: what to expect in 2016

‘Cyber-security’, ’encryption’, ‘the Cloud’ and ‘machine learning’ have been among the buzzwords of 2015. We expect them to be at least as trendy next year, with technology compani ...

Biggest cyber-security events of 2015; lessons learned for a safer 2016

Biggest cyber-security events of 2015; lessons learned for a safer 2016

2 million compromised records 38% increase in security incidents First hacked smart car First ransomware for Linux Launch of Windows 10 and privacy concerns 14 million US governmen ...

CryptoWall 4.0 returns to the wild, posing as good guy

CryptoWall 4.0 returns to the wild, posing as good guy

The infamous CryptoWall ransomware family is back, encrypting files under the false pretenses of testing AV solutions for their’ “suitability” to protect data. “CryptoWall Project ...

XSS Exploit that steals Yahoo Mail Cookies Sold for $700

If you’re planning to hack all your friends in the Yahoo! Messenger list, a zero-day XSS exploit is the way to go. At least, this is what cyber-criminal that goes by the handle “TheHell” would recommend if you have $700 to spend.  According to the advertisement on an underground, cyber-crime focused forum, the Egyptian hacker has found a zero-day XSS exploit within the Yahoo infrastructure. “I’m selling Yah...

Hungarian Woman Admits to Conspiracy in $550,000 eBay Card Fraud

A Hungarian woman admitted to conspiring to steal $550,000 in an eBay card fraud together with her male partner, according to the US Department of Justice. In total, 36 victims were lured into sending money to fake accounts, 17 opened by the woman with bogus Hungarian passports. Beatrix Boka, 34, pleaded guilty before the U.S. District Court in Tennessee to conspiracy to commit bank and wire fraud. Her part...

US Denies Infecting French Presidency with Flame

The US government denies infecting the French presidency with Flame after allegations of hacking the Elysee Palace computers were leaked by Paris-based magazine L’Express. The U.S. Embassy in Paris argued the report was not based on facts, as the French publication didn’t disclose the sources who suspected the American role in the cyber-attack. “We categorically refute the allegations of unidentified source...

Facebook Moves to HTTPS over Wi-Fi, Starting in North America

Facebook announced on its Developer Blog that North Americans will start using HTTPS over Wi-Fi networks to better protect authentication cookies from being spoofed and used by cyber-crooks. Encrypting cookies for the duration of the logged in session is thought of as a secure way of communicating between users and Facebook’s servers, and experts suggest that more service providers should adopt this change....

Prince William Posts Defense Ministry Passwords on Personal Website

Prince William recently posted a series of photos on his personal website that portray an average day in the Royal Air Force and, as an unplanned bonus, reveal  sensitive passwords and usernames from the Ministry of Defense. The photos were quickly “amended and reissued” by the Ministry of Defense and all leaked passwords were changed, as a precaution. “Due to an administrative oversight, these photographs...

FreeBSD Project Servers Hacked Into With Leaked SSH Key

Two project servers hosting third-party package code for popular open-source FreeBSD were breached by hackers over the weekend. According to a preliminary report by the FreeBSD team, authentication over SSH was possible using credentials from a legitimate developer.  “On Sunday 11 of November, an intrusion was detected on two machines within the FreeBSD.org cluster. The affected machines were taken offline...

Researcher Seizes Control of Smartcard via Proof-of-Concept Malware

As adoption of smartcards as authentication mechanisms ramps up, so does cyber-crook interest in it. Paul Rascagneres, an IT security consultant at security auditing firm Itrust Consulting, has revealed a proof-of-concept application that can hijack the local, USB-mounted smartcard reader and virtually connect it over the Internet to the attacker’s computer. Smartcards are primarily used for authentication,...

Google Chrome App Grabs Identities, Forges Blogs in Victims’ Name to Promote Scam

A Google Chrome app that promises to change the color of Facebook accounts instead nabs authentication cookies and generates dozens of blogs registered to the victims’ Gmail address,  in a new scam analyzed by Bitdefender Labs. Once the malicious app is installed from Google’s Chrome Web Store, it starts displaying a large Google Ads banner redirecting users to a “work from home scam.” When clicking the sig...

Pocket Guide to Black Friday Scams: How I Almost Gave My Credit Card Details for Coffee Coupons

Black Friday is the biggest shopping day of the year and the traditional start to the holiday shopping season. Last year, Black Friday sales in the U.S. increased 6.6 percent over the same day in 2010. Americans spent $11.40 billion, the biggest dollar amount ever spent during the day, according to ShopperTrak. But some hidden retailers are also making special offers: malware writers, phishers and all sorts...

Cookie Tracking Lands Google $22.5 Million Fine

The US Federal Trade Commission fined Google a rumored $22.5 million for a cookie tracking issue that arose as a result of a Wall Street Journal investigation, according to The Associated Press. US District Judge Susan Illston approved the fine. Google was slapped with the  fine after it was caught tracking Safari browser cookies without users’ knowledge. An investigation led by the Wall Street Journal reve...

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