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 ...

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...

Social Media Honored for Security and Privacy Progress in 2012; @facebook. com E-mail Spoils It

The Online Trust Alliance (OTA), a global non-profit focused on enhancing online trust by developing and advocating best practices against privacy and security threats, released its  2012 Online Trust Roll, a document “recognizing website adoption of key technologies to help protect consumer privacy and security”. Following “a composite analysis of ten security and privacy best practices,” OTA found that “s...

‘Wanted Poster’ Smartphone App to Pursue Unidentified London Rioters

The Metropolitan Police plans to recruit the help of the public, plus a smartphone app, to track down as-yet unidentified individuals accused of crimes committed during the 2011 London riots, according to a BBC report. 2,880 CCTV images are to be uploaded into a free smartphone app dubbed Facewatch ID so people can browse them, and possibly send the authorities the name and address of the persons they may k...

Facebook’s Friendshake and Foe Showdown

Thanks to the new “Find Friends Nearby” feature, initially dubbed “Friendshake”, mobile Facebook fans - both iOS and Android  users - can now identify and connect with friends or strangers who happen to be sharing the same location, according to techcrunch.com. “For me, the ideal use case for this product is the one where when you’re out with a group of people whom you’ve recently met and want to stay in co...

Russia’s Hermes Charged With Creating 4.5 Million-Computer Wonder Botnet

After a 10 month chase by Russian Police authorities, a 22 year old hacker  who goes by the nicknames of Hermes or Arashi was caught and charged with having created and milked “the largest publicly known botnet to date”, according to a report by h-online.com According to the Russian Interior Ministry, the attacker relied on variants of Carberp and other banking Trojans to steal banking credentials from appr...

How to Become a Facebook Scam Detective

With the increase in crime on social networks, users should become more scam-wary than ever before. Here are some clues to look out for as you learn to become the Sherlock Holmes of your Facebook account. Social scammers use tricky methods to avoid Facebook security filters. Developing their own Spamglish talk, they lure people with grammatically-challenged but clever dirty tricks. Here are some of the ling...

Iran Allegedly Detected Massive Western Cyber Attack

Iranian authorities claim they detected a planned massive Western cyber attack against its nuclear facilities soon after international talks on Iran’s nuclear program seemed to go nowhere. Iranian officials believe the alleged cyber attacks came mainly from the US, UK, and Israel. “Based on obtained information, America and the Zionist regime (Israel) along with the MI6 planned an operation to launch a mass...

Twitter Silenced by “Cascading Bug”

Twitter was taken offline for two hours due to a “cascading bug” in one of their infrastructure components that prevented users from logging in. Twitter officials dismissed any rumor that it was due to hacker attacks and said repairs would restore normal activity shortly. Referring to it as a “cascading bug”, Twitter said users worldwide were affected and that rolling back the system to a previous stable ve...

The More Ridiculous the Nigerian Scam, the More Likely It Is to Turn a Profit

The more outrageous and obvious Nigerian scammers’ offers of untold West African riches are, the more likely they are to turn out profitable for the scammers, shows the latest Microsoft research. The study shows Nigerian scammers, far from being too dim to come up with something more creative, are carefully crafted to sift out scam-savvy targets and leave them with only the most gullible. By announcing they...

Illicit Android Image Stamper Overlays All Images on Your Phone or Tablet

Android malware usually involves data-stealing Trojans or other malicious software that attempts to steal personal information or money. But we’ve encountered an interesting new threat that’s not bent on collecting data or even act covertly for that matter. Detected as Android.Trojan.Stamper.A, its purpose is to overwrite every image on your device with a predefined sample chosen by the attacker. We have en...

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