New Bitdefender Decryptor for Avaddon Infections

New Bitdefender Decryptor for Avaddon Infections

by Bogdan BOTEZATU, from Bitdefender Labs , on 22.06.2021

In February, Bitdefender released a partial decryptor for Avaddon ransomware. We now have an updated version of this tool available for free to help victims get their data back. Who is Avaddon? Avaddon is a family of ransom likely operated from within the Commonwealth of Independent States. Active since 2019, it evolved into a fully-fledged […] read more

Smart thermostats cranked up remotely by Texas energy firms, as consumers swelter in heat wave

Smart thermostats cranked up remotely by Texas energy firms, as consumers swelter in heat wave

by Graham CLULEY, from IoT Security Insights , on 22.06.2021

Some sweltering residents of Texas are reporting that they are unable to lower the temperature on their Wi-Fi enabled and#8220;smartand#8221; thermostats after it was mysteriously raised, and they are struggling to understand why. The reason, it transpires, is not that malicious hackers have broken into the IoT devices to cause mayhem but is instead all ... The post Smart thermostats cranked up remotely by Texas energy firms, as consumers swelter in heat wave appeared first on Bitdefender. read more

Don’t name your Wi-Fi hotspot this, unless you want to crash your iPhone

Don’t name your Wi-Fi hotspot this, unless you want to crash your iPhone

by Graham CLULEY, from HotForSecurity , on 22.06.2021

A bizarre bug has been discovered in iOS that can cause an iPhone to crash when it attempts to join a Wi-Fi network with a particular name. Whatand#8217;s the offending name? Well, I donand#8217;t want to put it in the text of this article in case some readers are curious enough to try it out [and#8230;] read more

Repairmen suspected of installing ransomware on customers’ PCs. Arrests in South Korea

Repairmen suspected of installing ransomware on customers’ PCs. Arrests in South Korea

by Graham CLULEY, from HotForSecurity , on 18.06.2021

According to a report by Catalin Cimpanu at The Record, authorities in South Korea have filed charges against employees at a computer repair store. What are the nine charged employees of the unnamed company based in Seoul alleged to have done? Created and installed ransomware onto the computers of their customers, netting more than 360 [and#8230;] read more

Threat Actors Spread Agent Tesla Disguised as COVID-19 Vaccination Registration

Threat Actors Spread Agent Tesla Disguised as COVID-19 Vaccination Registration

by Alina Bizga, from HotForSecurity , on 18.06.2021

A recent phishing campaign targeting Windows machines is attempting to infect users with one of the most recent versions of the Agent Tesla remote access Trojan (RAT). The malicious campaign, spotted by the Bitdefender Antispam Lab, tries to deliver the malicious payload under the guise of a COVID-19 vaccination schedule that comes as an attachment.and#160; [and#8230;] read more

Make the Internet a Better, Safer Place on Stop Cyberbullying Day

Make the Internet a Better, Safer Place on Stop Cyberbullying Day

by Alina Bizga, from HotForSecurity , on 18.06.2021

Stop Cyberbullying Day has been promoting good digital citizenship practices for more than a decade to make the digital world a better and more welcoming place for everyone. This year, we’re reminded of the challenges and risks children and teens face when using digital technologies. Stuck at home during the pandemic, kids have turned to [and#8230;] read more

Fake Ledger devices mailed out in attempt to steal from cryptocurrency fans

Fake Ledger devices mailed out in attempt to steal from cryptocurrency fans

by Graham CLULEY, from HotForSecurity , on 17.06.2021

In December last year, we reported how the email and mailing addresses of some 270,000 Ledger customers had been published on a hacking forum following a data breach. At the time we warned users of the hardware cryptocurrency wallet to watch out for phishing scams that might attempt to steal usersand#8217; credentials. What we hadnand#8217;t [and#8230;] read more

Ransomware Remains a Major Threat—Here’s How Organizations Can Defend Themselves

Ransomware Remains a Major Threat—Here’s How Organizations Can Defend Themselves

by Business Insights , on 17.06.2021

Ransomware attacks are on the rise and costing companies millions of dollars, and enterprises need to take steps to protect themselves from these threats. Best practices for defending against ransomware include strengthening the overall security posture with stronger access controls such as strong endpoint protection, two-factor authentication, employee training, and data backups. Ransomware is hitting organizations hard, and there seems to be no end in sight for these damaging attacks on enterprises of all sizes and across industry verticals. With major ransomware news breaking almost daily, enterprises are beginning to take the threat seriously due to the risk of financial losses, business downtime, loss of customers, bad publicity, and other unpleasant results. read more

Microsoft to Pull the Plug on Windows 10 in 2025

Microsoft to Pull the Plug on Windows 10 in 2025

by Silviu STAHIE, from HotForSecurity , on 16.06.2021

Microsoft will retire the Windows 10 operating system on October 10, 2025. Itand#8217;s the first time the company puts an expiration date on its current operating system, paving the way for its successor, Windows 11. Itand#8217;s a big deal when an operating system reaches end-of-life because it essentially means that its maker no longer issues [and#8230;] read more

Participating in This UPS Survey Will Not Earn You a Brand New Sony PlayStation 5

Participating in This UPS Survey Will Not Earn You a Brand New Sony PlayStation 5

by Alina Bizga, from HotForSecurity , on 16.06.2021

Online scammers use the name of international shipping company UPS to dupe consumers into participating in a survey giveaway scam. The scam, recently spotted by Bitdefender Antispam Lab, guarantees recipients a Sony PlayStation 5 gaming console in return for completing the online survey on behalf of UPS. Fraudsters use traditional clickbait tactics such as “Participate [and#8230;] read more

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