You already live in a smart home. Now make it safe.

You already live in a smart home. Now make it safe.

Smart homes have become a reality as technology reaches the point where anything can be transformed into a smart thing. We’ve surrounded ourselves with internet-connected devices t ...

Bitdefender BOX unveiled its breakthrough security features at Pepcom NY

Bitdefender BOX unveiled its breakthrough security features at Pepcom NY

The Internet of Things (IoT) or Internet of Threats, as we often call it, has been labeled "the next Industrial Revolution" by journalists because of the way it will change the way ...

Top 5 Wi-Fi Hotspot Locations to Avoid on Your Holiday

Top 5 Wi-Fi Hotspot Locations to Avoid on Your Holiday

Whenever you go on holiday, you end up taking all your personal data. The information on your personal phone, laptop or other smart device is at more risk of being compromised or s ...

Grand Prix Prize for the Best Overall Security Blog goes to HotForSecurity!

Grand Prix Prize for the Best Overall Security Blog goes to HotForSecurity!

It happened! Last night, this blog received the Grand Prix Prize for the Best Overall Security Blog at the European Security Blogger Awards in London! An award we are happy to shar ...

Smart switch may turn off your Wi-Fi for good

Smart switch may turn off your Wi-Fi for good

You might be risking your privacy, and even physical security, if you use a next-generation switch to control appliances in your home. Image source: Flickr In analyzing several IoT ...

Easy Tips to Dodge E-banking Fraud

Easy Tips to Dodge E-banking Fraud

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 keep our eyes peeled for new ...

Malicious Proxy Redirects SSL Google Traffic for 1 Million IPs

Malicious Proxy Redirects SSL Google Traffic for 1 Million IPs

Online advertising is a multi-billion dollar business mostly ran by Google, Yahoo or Bing via AdSense-like programs. The current generation of clickbots such as the Redirector.Paco ...

Zero-Day Flaws in Java Re-Emerge; No Exploitation in the Wild Yet

Two new security flaws have been detected in the latest version of Java 7 (Update 15) by security researchers at Polish company Security Explorations. According to their account, the security issues dubbed “issue 54” and “issue 55” can be combined to bypass the Java sandbox and execute privileged arbitrary code from an untrusted source. Although the flaws were discovered before they got exploited in the wil...

NBC Hack Leads to Bank-Fraud Malware

US news station NBC fell victim yesterday to cyber-criminals who managed to inject malicious code leading to financial malware delivered via exploit code. Malware warning in Chrome when visiting the NBC website The attack was carried via a malicious iframe injected in the home page of the website. The iframe was used to load malicious content from compromised websites where attackers had planted the Redkit...

Fake Mandiant’s Report on Chinese Spy Unit Used in Targeted Attack

In an attempt to make money on the back of a subject that made the headlines in the past days, crooks launched a spear phishing campaign by luring targets with the false promise of a Mandiant report. The fake e-mails appear to be targeting some Japanese organizations and certain Chinese journalists by flaunting as an attachment a bogus copy of the Mandiant report on the Chinese spy unit launched this week....

Five in 100 Americans Get Scammed by Fraudsters

More than 5 per cent of Americans were scammed by identity fraudsters last year, according to a report by Javelin Strategy and Research. In 2012, identity fraud increased for a second consecutive year, especially because of new account and account takeover fraud, two of the most dangerous scams. The company said the number of victims rose to 12.6 million. At least half of the losses were absorbed by financi...

Americans Reveal their Employer or Occupation on Google+

Bitdefender security researchers recommend all employees to refrain from revealing the name of the company they are working for and minimize data sharing on social networking platforms. This information will do them and their companies more harm than good. And nowhere is this recommendation more urgent than in the United States – the country with both the highest profile hacking targets and the most lax cit...

Anonymous Twitter Account Hacked by Rustle League

Anonymous got hacked by Rustle League members that managed to hijack one of the hacktivist group's Twitter accounts. With more than 160,000 followers, Anon_CentralINF was controlled by the anti-Anonymous hacking group for several hours, and it recently became unavailable. “Can't believe you both are fighting against each other instead of sharing powers for more important goals,” users commented. The micro-b...

Montreal Police Data Leak Exposes Officer Names and Phone Numbers

Following a cyber-attack on Montreal’s Police Department, hacker group “The People” posted the names, positions and telephone numbers of police members and managers in a PasteBin post. With the attack under investigation, officials were reluctant comment on the matter when Quebec newspaper La Presse broke the news. Saying police use an obsolete computer system, Police Union President Yves Francoeur said he...

Apple Employees Hacked via Java Plugin Exploit

Apple reported some of its employees were hacked through a Java plugin exploit served through a developer website, but no evidence of data theft was revealed. The few computers compromised were unplugged from the network and are pending investigation as to the source of the attack. The company believes the malware was designed for other companies as well and that it’s part of a larger operation. “Apple has...

Cyber-Espionage Cell Linked to Chinese Army, Mandiant Report Says

Mandiant, the company investigating the cyber-security breaches at The New York Times and The Washington Post, has released a lengthy report exposing what it says is one of the most active cyber espionage cells of China’s People’s Liberation Army. “It is time to acknowledge the threat is originating in China, and we wanted to do our part to arm and prepare security professionals to combat that threat effect...

Burger King Not Sold to McDonalds, Just Lost Twitter Account

Burger King’s Twitter account was suspended on Monday after falling into the wrong hands and allowing an unauthorized party to post hateful, obscene and false messages about the Miami-based fast-food chain. The profile picture of the company was also altered to show an alleged merger between Burger King and McDonalds. For approximately an hour, the prankster behind this action displayed on behalf of Burger...

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