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 ...

Phishing Attacker in Georgia Faces up to 50 Years in Prison

A phishing attacker in Georgia was convicted of multiple banking hacks and faces up to 50 years in prison and a $1 million fine, according to a FBI press release. 32-year old Osarhieme Uyi Obaygbona was accused of conspiracy to commit wire fraud, identity theft, and gaining unauthorized access to protected computers. Because of his attacks, Chase Bank, Bank of America, ADP, and Brank Bank & Trust Co. al...

Website Defacement Reveals Turkish, Libyan and Syrian Brotherhood

The Turkish Foreign Ministry was hacked, and photos of Prime Minister Recep Tayyp Erdogan embracing Syrian president and Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi were posted online, according to media reports. The headline above the images read “Ministry of War and Slavery, not Foreign Affairs,” while the caption read “Brothers yesterday, enemies today.” RedHack hackers also grabbed personal data of hundreds of fore...

Android SMS Bot Uses Twitter to Hide C&C Server

An Android SMS bot that uses Twitter and spreads through spam attachments read from Android-running devices was spotted in the wild. With the ability to hide its launcher icon, the SMS bot makes it difficult for users to spot its detection after the installation process is completed. Its foreground process is named "Be social! plugin" and it activates when it receives intents like android.intent.action.BOOT...

Ethical Hackers Seek to Keep Olympic Games Safe

More than 200,000 hours were logged in by Atos, the lead technology company in charge of cyber-security for the Olympic Games, for simulated attacks on their IT infrastructure. With over 11,500 computers and servers across Britain, Atos starts running its Olympic Technology Operations Center next week. The company recruited "ethical hackers" to carry out a series of attacks aimed at finding security flaws t...

Ice Cream Sandwich Clickjacking Easy as Pie

A research team at North Carolina State University developed a proof-of-concept prototype rootkit for Android 4.0.4 OS to demonstrate that clickjacking attacks can be pulled off effortlessly. The novelty behind this rootkit is that it attacks the Android framework rather than performing deep modifications of the underlying kernel, like previous exploits did. For example, the rootkit could hide or redirect a...

Olympics Award Scams Lead to Identity Theft

Though UK police have made a couple of arrests for London Olympics scams, creative cyber-crooks don’t get scared that easily. Now, they've gone phishing. Scammers continue to find inspiration to create new London Olympics dirty tricks, this time via e-mail. Bitdefender Labs clinched the new phishing attempts that try to lure people into sending their personal information for a bogus award varying from 500,0...

Facebook App Replaces Contact’s E-mail Addresses with Corresponding @facebook.com

The Facebook application was caught red-handed shuffling through smartphone owners’ address books to change contacts’ e-mail addresses with those provided by the social networking platform. All the listed contacts with a corresponding Facebook account will automatically be attributed a @facebook.com e-mail address to replace existing ones. This way all the messages a smartphone user sends to their contacts...

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...

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