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Third decryption tool for GandCrab ransomware released to public

A new free decryption tool for counteracting the effects of GandCrab ransomware is now available to the public.  This latest decryptor is effective against versions 1, 4 and 5.x up through 5.1, which means GandCrab variants released as recently as October 2018 can now be defeated. The tool is the result of a collaborative effort…
spyware
Security News

Cybercriminals secretly bundle anti-censorship app with spyware framework

A legitimate application that’s supposed to help users access censored or blocked websites was secretly bundled with Android spyware and made available for download on third-party marketplaces last year. The app, known as Psiphon and packaged as com.psiphon3, has been safely downloaded from the official Google Play Store over 50 million times. But users who attained…
Opinion, Security News

Double jeopardy: Data center security and the threat of cryptocurrency mining

By Liviu Arsene, senior e-threat analyst, Bitdefender Cybercrime is motivated by financial gain, be it in the form of money or data that can be monetized. Experts estimate the cybercrime industry nets trillions in illicit profits while causing significant financial and reputational damage to organizations. Organizations agree that their security risks have increased in the…
Company News, Security News

2018 Cybersecurity mergers and acquisitions

Cybersecurity makes for strange – and interesting and sensible – bedfellows. M&A activity was robust during 2018 with some notable acquisitions completed and others on the horizon. IBM set to acquire Red Hat for $34 billionIBM has entered into an agreement to acquire the open-source cloud software firm Red Hat for an estimated $34 billion…
Security News

2018 Top Cyberthreats

It was clear it was going to be an intense year the cybersecurity industry when, just days after ringing in 2018, researchers announced a vulnerability found in essentially all CPU processors made over the previous two decades. From there, things only got busier, with news of Russian exploits, new ransomware families and much, much more.…
Election Coverage, Security News

Midterm election hacking incidents lacking, typosquatting tops the list

The U.S. midterm election has passed without any disruptive cybersecurity incidents, but researchers at Bitdefender found some evidence of influence campaigns appearing and cybercriminals using election keywords for money-making scams. Bitdefender found four areas of concern. On the political side, it came across typosquatted domains registered by hackers to spread misinformation, particularly in Texas, or…
Ransomware, Security News

Gandcrab decrypt tools released

Bitdefender and ESET have each published a Gandcrab ransomware decryptor with particular attention paid to Syrians victims. Bitdefender said its tool can decrypt data encrypted by Gandcrab versions 1, 4 and 5 and for all versions for victims located in Syria. The tool can be downloaded here. Bitdefender stated it worked with Europol, Romanian Police…
Company News, Security News

Bitdefender acquires RedSocks

Bitdefender reported today the acquisition of the Dutch behavior and network security analytics company RedSocks Security BV. Financial details of the deal, which closed on October 11, were not released, but Rares Stefan, Bitdefender’s chief strategy officer, said it was all cash with Bitdefender obtaining RedSocks and its technologies and assets in its entirety. Although…
Security News, Vulnerabilities

Hide and seek Iot botnet updates include new Android ADB exploit

The Hide and Seek botnet has been updated to deliver new command injection exploits in a device’s web interface. The variants exploit the Android Debug Bridge (ADB) over Wi-Fi feature in Android devices, a features that is normally used for trouble shooting, according to a Sept. 26 Bitdefender blog post. Despite the feature usually being…
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Endpoint Security

Over the years, threats have evolved from simple attacks to very advanced threats that can cripple an organization and hide their tracks. As the attacks have evolved, so have our protection needs. We have gone from the single point of protection on mainframes and Unix servers to a large number of endpoints across many networks.…
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