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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…
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BitDefender hit again

A Romanian hacker claims to have found a hole in the website for security firm BitDefender. According to a post by someone using the alias Unu on hackersblog.org, an SQL injection vulnerability persists in the site's news section. Recently websites belonging to security firms F-Secure and Kaspersky Lab were compromised. And a Portuguese partner site belonging to BitDefender also was hit. All three companies deny that any personal information was exposed to the attackers. — CAM
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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…
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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…
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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…
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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…
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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.…
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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…
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