Items tagged with BitDefender

Researchers at Bitdefender announced the discovery of a new attack that is targeting home routers. In the attack, the DNS settings in the router are changed to redirect the victim to a website that delivers the Oski infostealer malware as the final payload. The most interesting aspect of the malware is that it stores the malicious payload using Bitbucket, which is a popular web-based control repository hosting service. The sneaky malware takes steps to avoid alerting the victim that their router has been compromised, including abusing TinyURL to hide the link to the Bitbucket payload. The page that users are redirected to talks about the coronavirus pandemic and offers a download to give users... Read more...
Ring Video Doorbells have been getting a lot of [negative] press in recent months, mainly due to Amazon's partnerships with police departments around the country to share footage from cameras. However, a new vulnerability that was discovered by Bitdefender has left Ring owners open to hackers for quite some time. Researchers from Bitdefender uncovered that when initially setting up a Ring doorbell with the smartphone app, a customer's Wi-Fi credentials are transmitted via an unprotected access point while in configuration mode. Once the doorbell has received all the necessary information from the app and your smartphone to complete its configuration process, it then transmits its credentials... Read more...
Security researchers at Bitdefender have updated a decryption tool to deal with the latest version of GandCrab, a popular form of ransomware that its authors sold to clients on the dark web for a supposedly enormous profit. The decryption tool is free, and could potentially save a GandCrab victim from a major headache Bitdefender estimates that GandCrab has claimed more than 1.5 million victims around the globe in more than a year of operation. That includes both home users and corporations. In a recent farewell post, the ransomware's authors said GandCrab netted its nefarious clients around $2 billion, earning the hacking group "more than $150 million per year." "We have proven that be doing... Read more...
Netgear on Tuesday announced its new Cybersecurity AC2300 Wi-Fi Router (RS400) with special software baked inside to keep networks safe from online threats. Called Netgear Armor, it is essentially an implementation of Bitdefender Total Security 2019, though there are some key differences between what's integrated in the router versus the off-the-shelf version. For one, Netgear Armor protects an 'unlimited' number of devices (subject to Netgear's fair use policy), including every PC, smartphone, tablet, IoT, and smart gadget in your home network. It also ups the ante with an entire network scan, rather than running on individual devices, and provides real-time updates remotely with Netgear's Nighthawk... Read more...
It looks as though Microsoft has a bit of a security issue on its hands that affects both Windows 7 and Windows 10 operating systems. Back in July 2017, Bitdefender researcher Marius Tivadar discovered an exploit in Windows operating systems that allows anyone with physical access to a computer to invoke a BSOD by simply inserting a USB thumb drive loaded with a bit of software. He reported the issue to Microsoft, but at the time they brushed him off. Now, he's stepping out with details and a demonstration to raise awareness of this vulnerability. What makes this exploit so intriguing is that Tivadar's proof-of-concept showed that he could force a BSOD even if the Windows machine was locked.... Read more...
Social networking: It's all fun and games until some scuzzball infects your system with malware, but that's not a concern on Facebook, right? Wrong, says security firm BitDefender, which claims that malware is mucking around in news feeds of some 20 percent of Facebook users. When you're talking about a userbase of more than 500 million members, well, let's just say we're concerned. To be fair, BitDefender didn't ping every user's news feed, 'just' 14,000 of them. That's still a significant sample, and if you're a glass half-empty kind of person, it's conceivable that the 20 percent figure is undershooting things (and if you sip from a glass half-full, it could be way too high once you analyze... Read more...
Customers of the antivirus/antimalware company BitDefender ran headfirst into a major problem over the weekend, courtesy of a (very) faulty virus definition update for systems using 64-bit flavors of Windows. After installation, users flooded the company's forums complaining that BD was now identifying every executable on the system as being infected. To its credit, Bit Defender responded quickly to the situation; the update was apparently yanked less than a day after it was made available. The following is an exerpt from BD's official webpage on the topic: "Today BitDefender products running on Windows 64-bit systems experienced problems caused by a faulty update. Multiple BitDefender and Windows... Read more...