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 ...

Three Samsung KNOX Vulnerabilities Dropped by Israeli Researchers

Two Israeli researchers have recently found three vulnerabilities in Samsung’s KNOX involving the way its services are shared with user applications. The vulnerabilities in Samsung’s enterprise containerization solution aimed at boosting BYOD data privacy have been dubbed CVE-2016-1919, CVE-2016-1920, and CVE-2016-3996. Although all three have been timely reported to Samsung and patches have been issued to...

Power Plant Controllers Deemed Vulnerable Beyond Repair

Power plant controllers have been deemed vulnerable to remote exploits, allowing potential attackers to gain control of the networks and modify system configurations. The flaw, publicly reported and documented by independent researcher Maxim Rupp, affects the Environmental Systems Corporation 8832 data controller for versions 3.02 and older. Because the affected systems do not support additional code space...

IoT proliferation, the biggest blind spot for companies

The proliferation of IoT devices ranks as the biggest blind spot for organizations today, a recent survey shows, and researchers predict the number of connected devices will increase 500% by the year 2020. “This explosion in connected endpoints combined with the opening up of business networks has increased the number of attack surfaces, with many attacks being aimed directly at mobile devices,” the report...

US CISOs’ earnings reach $400K+ in San Francisco, survey finds

CISO salaries in the United States range from $137K to $346K, with an average yearly income of $224K, a recent survey shows. Image source: Flickr They make even more in San Francisco, Oakland-Fremont, CA, where the average salary range is 20-30% bigger (from $170K to $430K), and New York, with a salary range of $158K-$401K. By contrast, an average hacker earns less than $30,000 a year from malicious activit...

Week-Long Multi-Vector DDoS Attack Targeted DNS Provider

A week-long DDoS attack targeted DNS provider NS1, aiming systematically at the company’s infrastructure. While the company claims it’s constantly under such fire, this recent wave raises concerns as attackers have not only managed to scale the intensity of the attack, but they’ve also combined various, and unusually complex, attack methods. Besides traditional high volume traffic floods, upstream network r...

20 million Instagram accounts were put at risk through sloppy security hole

A bug bounty of US $5,000 has been awarded to a Belgian vulnerability researcher who uncovered two methods by which malicious hackers could brute force their way into Instagram accounts. Arne Swinnen says that he discovered two distinct vulnerabilities which could - when combined with the site's weak password policies, and a lack of two-factor authentication and other mitigating security controls - have all...

HotForSecurity, European Security Blogger Awards 2016 finalist!

Exciting news! HotForSecurity is nominated, again, at the prestigious European Security Blogger Awards 2016, held at the InfoSecurity Europe event, in London. VOTE HERE HotForSecurity is competing against top cyber-security blogs in three major categories: Grand Prix Prize for the Best Overall Security Blog The Best Corporate Security Blog  The Best European Corporate Security Blog Last year, we were thrill...

Who can hack the most popular smart devices? Bitdefender’s IoT Village hosted in Techsylvania is ready to roll

You’ve probably read in our latest report that, as security becomes more entwined with the physical world, protection against physical manipulation needs to be addressed, too. Mobile devices can be stolen. If someone hacks into the memory of an IoT device and reads the encryption key, every identical device becomes vulnerable. This is a real problem for both consumers and the industry as a whole. The IoT op...

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 gadgets, innovative technologies and geeky events, but also give you security tips and tricks on how easy it could be to stay safe online. Developing award-winning technologies that fight off even the newest malware outbreaks is...

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 Trojan have taken abuse to a whole new level, burning through companies’ advertising budget at an unprecedented pace. Bitdefender analyzed a clickfraud bot that currently operates on nearly one million computers worldwide. The bo...

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