September 6, 2011

BitDefender Safego now available for Twitter

by Darren Allan

Anyone who follows the malware world will be aware that increasing amounts of malicious attacks are of the socially engineered variety. In other words, malware links sent via social networks. It’s not surprising, given the meteoric rise of Facebook in particular, that criminals are targeting these networks – which are particularly juicy targets due to […]




May 6, 2011

Bin Laden links spread malware

by Jan Harris

Security researchers are warning people to beware of fake links to photos of videos of Osama Bin Laden, which are being distributed via e-mail or on social networks such as Facebook. The announcement of Bin Laden’s death immediately led to fake news articles appearing in search engine results. With the White House refusing to release […]




January 12, 2011

Social network malware could be biggest mobile security threat

by Darren Allan

Security firm BitDefender reckons that platform-independent malware which targets social networks is becoming as widely spread as the malware targeting PCs. And furthermore, payloads delivered via social networks could be the most pressing security threat when it comes to mobile devices. The outfit cites goo.gl statistics which show one of the URLs used to propagate […]




November 26, 2010

Facebook feeds riddled with malware

by Jan Harris

When you are on Facebook interacting with people you know it’s easy to feel that you are in a safe environment, which is exactly the feeling that cyber criminals play on. Research by BitDefender found that one in five Facebook users are exposed to infected links in their news feeds. If they click on the […]




April 15, 2010

BitDefender warns about iPhone unlocking malware

by Darren Allan

Those of you with an iPhone who might be considering unlocking it to run third-party applications should take heed of a new malware warning. BitDefender has issued an advisory about a scam email which offers a link to a new version of an iPhone jailbreaking program. Users are told to connect their iPhone to their […]




April 14, 2010

BitDefender Antivirus now out for the Mac

by Darren Allan

Security expert BitDefender has ported its PC based anti-virus technology over to the Mac. OS X users will now be able to enjoy BitDefender protection from the latest malware buzzing about online. BitDefender points out that while the Mac has traditionally been a much safer haven than the PC in terms of malware – simply […]




March 24, 2010

BitDefender Security for Mail Servers wins anti-spam award

by Darren Allan

BitDefender has announced that the company’s Security for Mail Servers 3.0.2, designed for Linux servers, has scooped its sixth Virus Bulletin VBSpam award. The gold award was given out in the latest round of comparative anti-spam tests conducted by Virus Bulletin. Various Linux products were tested on a SuSE Linux Enterprise Server 11 over a […]




March 9, 2010

Resurgent virus targets job seekers

by Darren Allan

Security specialist BitDefender is warning that the Win32.Worm.Mabezat.J (don’t you just love those names) is back, and doing the rounds with an increased activity count. The end of February witnessed a surge of spam mail carrying the payload, which comes in the form of a harmless seeming attachment called winmail.dat (a file which is supposed […]