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Microsoft pals up with partners for threat-hunting

Windows Defender Advanced Threat Protection first landed as a public preview in September, and now its general availability, Microsoft has announced a bunch of partners to give it cross-platform support: Bitdefender for Linux and macOS, Lookout for iOS and Android, and Ziften for macOS and Linux). With Bitdefender's …
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Printers now the least-secure things on the internet

The Internet of Things is exactly as bad a security nightmare as pessimists think it is, according to Bitdefender's Bogdan Botezatu. The senior threat analyst at the Romanian security software company called by to chat to Vulture South while in Australia (we were, I suspect, meant to discuss the company's 2017 launches, but …
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I got the power – over your IoT power-point

The latest “your IoT security is rubbish” takes the world one step closer to “burn it all and try again”: a “smart” electrical outlet that's actually a whole-of-network attack vector. Edimax power points One of these things is a bit like the other. The Edimax SP-1101W with and without Bitdefender's obfuscation Bitdefender …

EasyDoc malware adds Tor backdoor to Macs for botnet control

Security firm Bitdefender has issued an alert about a malicious app that hands over control of Macs to criminals via Tor. The software, called EasyDoc Converter.app, is supposed to be a file converter but doesn't do its advertised functions. Instead it drops complex malware onto the system that subverts the security of the …
Iain Thomson, 5 Jul 2016

Thanks for playing: New Linux ransomware decrypted, pwns itself

Ransomware targeting Linux servers has been thwarted by hard working security boffins, with help from the software itself, mere days after its existence was made public. The Linux.Encoder.1 ransomware seeks Linux systems to encrypt and like others of its ilk demands owners pay BitCoins to have files decrypted. But the first …
Darren Pauli, 12 Nov 2015

Bitdefender feeling a bit tender: Hackers enter anti-distemper vendor

One or more miscreants have been able to slurp and leak usernames and passwords from Bitdefender. The unencrypted login details belonged to some of the security biz's small business customers. Bitdefender, which makes antivirus software and other stuff, admitted its system was breached following rumors (here and here) that …
John Leyden, 31 Jul 2015
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CHEATER! Test labs out AV vendor for using rival's engine

Chinese anti-virus vendor Qihoo 360 has been caught cheating on benchmarking tests by submitting versions running A-V engines from rival Bitdefender. The company has been reprimanded by established testing outfits Virus Bulletin, Av-Comparatives, and AV-Test which withdrew its 2015 certifications. In a joint statement [PDF] …
Darren Pauli, 1 May 2015

BitDefender bit trip slaps 'valid' on revoked certs

Bitdefender is set to fix a security flaw in its products that meant revoked certificates for potentially malicious sites could be replaced with legitimate ones. The problem, which the security vendor considered a low-level threat, arose when revoked certificates were replaced with a BitDefender certificate for the purpose of …
Darren Pauli, 1 Mar 2015
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Flaws found in Bitdefender enterprise endpoint manager

Holes have been reported in Bitdefender's Gravity end-point protection platform that allow hackers to target corporate infrastructure. Researcher Stefan Viehbock of SEC Consult Vulnerability Lab said the flaw affecting the latest version provided an entry point for attackers to move laterally through the network. "Attackers …
Darren Pauli, 17 Jul 2014

PC-infecting chat demon quotes THE BIBLE to summon malware plague

A new Trojan that distributes itself through Facebook instant messaging and Yahoo! Messenger has claimed hundreds of victims. Computer systems have been infected by the software nasty in the UK, Germany, France, Denmark, Romania, the US and Canada during the past week or so, according to Romanian antivirus firm Bitdefender. …
John Leyden, 27 May 2014
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Oh aye, a mobe grumble-flick player? No – it's a 'droid ransomware nasty

Ransomware scumbags have widened their net with a new software nasty that infects Android smartphones and tablets. The Koler-A ransomware trojan is delivered automatically to peeps browsing malicious pornographic sites; it poses as a media player offering access to premium content. Koler-A requires the user to enable side- …
John Leyden, 9 May 2014
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Left swipe! That hot Tinder babe is a malware-flinging ROBOT

Hackers are abusing the popular Tinder dating app to spread malware and survey scams using bots and clever social-engineering trickery. Bots are luring users with tempting profiles and pictures using pictures from an Arizona-based photography studio, according to net security firm BitDefender. Some of these images have also …
John Leyden, 7 Apr 2014
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Opera site served Blackhole malvertising, says antivirus firm

Opera has suspended ad-serving on its portal as a precaution while it investigates reports that surfers were being exposed to malware simply by visiting the Norwegian browser firm's home page. Malicious scripts loaded by portal.opera.com were redirecting users towards a malicious site hosting the notorious BlackHole exploit …
John Leyden, 15 Nov 2012

Windows 8 security is like a swiss cheese flak jacket - sez AV firm

The knives are out for Windows Defender, the basic anti-malware protection bundled with Windows 8: makers of rival antivirus products are lining up to criticise Microsoft's efforts to secure its operating system. Windows 8 can be infected by 16 percent of the most common malware families, even with Windows Defender activated, …
John Leyden, 13 Nov 2012
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Super-powered 'frankenmalware' strains detected in the wild

Viruses are accidentally infecting worms on victims’ computers, creating super-powered strains of hybrid software nasties. The monster malware spreads quicker than before, screws up systems worse than ever, and exposes private data in a way not even envisioned by the original virus writers. A study by antivirus outfit …
John Leyden, 25 Jan 2012
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Security firms: Android malware set to skyrocket

Android malware threats could increase by a factor of 60 over the next six months, according to Romanian security pros. The rise, if realised, could see the number of Android mobile malware samples increasing from 200 now to 12,000 by March 2012. Many examples of Android malware involve the insertion of malicious code into …
John Leyden, 15 Sep 2011
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BitDefender looks to BRICs for expansion strategy

BitDefender is focusing on providing better security for virtualised environments and says expansion into emerging markets is key to its plans for growth. The Romanian firm wants to help firms implementing server consolidation projects to improve their security with a virtual appliance so that companies do not have to run anti …
John Leyden, 14 Sep 2011
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Avira owns up to BitDefender Trojan false alarm

Updated German security firm Avira has admitted it falsely warned that a beta version of an upcoming security package from its Romanian rival was contaminated with a Trojan. Few users outside the testing community would be running Avira and BitDefender 2011 beta 4 at the same time, so the incident is notable only as providing an …
John Leyden, 10 Aug 2010

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