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November 2002

BitDefender≥, the first winner from Eastern-Europe

4-6 November, Copenhagen, Denmark: SOFTWIN▓s technologies proved to be the best antidote against new computer malware. BitDefender≥ Professional was nominated as the first East-European Winner at The European IST Awards Ceremony, among the best High-Tech products of Europe.

⌠I would like to congratulate once again the BitDefender≥ team on the IST award. Personally, I consider that SOFTWIN▓s success reflects the progress of the entire Romanian high-tech industry", said Professor F. G. Filip, Member of the Romanian Academy, Vice-President. "I was very glad when the EU Commissioner Liikanen publicly acknowledged this as the first time when a company from a candidate country to EU qualified among the Winners of the IST Prize in equal conditions of competition and that this country is Romania. I was deeply touched when the 4000 participants warmly applauded this announcement" concluded Prof. Filip.

With a considerable influence over the informational society, the IST event was attended by more than 4000 people, including officials of the European Commission, the 18 academies - European IST Prize Executive Jury, the Euro-CASE Executive Committee, other participants and media invited.

⌠The European IST Prize is the most distinguished Prize for innovative Information Society Technologies products■, said Alain Mongon, in charge of the European IST Prize for Euro-CASE. └I am very pleased to invite this year▓s Winners, including for the first time a Romanian company, SOFTWIN, to join the select European IST Prize Winners Club■, concluded Mr. Mongon.

Along the previous 8 editions, 20 prizes have been awarded to the EU member countries and 5 other prizes have been granted to the Eastern-European countries, candidates to the EU. Starting with last year, companies from candidate countries went into the competition with equal chances; however there was no Winner from the former communist countries in 2001.

└It is a pleasant surprise for me to discover that we have here among the Winners of the IST Prize 2003, for the first time, a Romanian company■, Mr. Erki Liikanen, EU Commissioner for Enterprise & Information Society, admitted on the IST Awards Ceremony▓s stage. ⌠It is even more surprising as I know that this is just the second year when Eastern-European companies participated with equal chances to a very challenging competition■, Mr. Liikanen concluded.

BitDefender≥ has been emphasized as a European brand, representing the future of the Romanian software industry. ⌠The IST prize granted by the European Commission in 2002, the first ever to be obtained by a Romanian IT&C company, represents an outstanding success not only for SOFTWIN, but also for the entire Romanian software industry. This prestigious prize awarded at the end of a very tough competition demonstrates the potential of our software industry and highlights the technological and innovative abilities of our specialists. In the end, the informational society is just a huge innovative process scaled to cover the entire society that directs everything towards progress■, declared Acad. Mihai Draganescu, President of Science and Information Technology Department at the Romanian Academy.

BitDefender≥ most innovative technologies were demonstrated for the first time in Copenhagen. ⌠In a world where the worms spreading with tremendous speeds are no longer myths, the human reaction is no longer acceptable. BitDefender≥▓s data protection proactive technology allows stopping in REAL-TIME any attempt to harm a computer system■, said Mr. Florin Talpes, President and Co-founder of SOFTWIN, in his presentation before the Executive Jury.

The European IST Prize is placing the Romanian solution among the best European IT products of this time. 437 innovative companies and organizations from 27 countries competed for this year▓s Prize - the highest number of participants since the inception of the Prize scheme in 1995. Among these 437 participants, only 20 received the "Winner" title, "for groundbreaking products that represent the best of European innovation in information society technologies".

The 20 Winners, who were exhibiting in the IST Prize Village during the IST event, were announced on September 20. 17 of these Prizewinners received ─ 5,000 and the European IST Prize Winner Certificate at the EISTP Award Ceremony, while the three Grand Prizewinners were awarded the Grand Prize: ─ 200,000 and the European IST Prize Trophy.

⌠It is an honor for me to chair the Executive Jury of the prestigious European IST Prize■, said Thierry Breton, Chairman of France Telecom and Chairman of the European IST Prize Executive Jury. ⌠This Prize responds to the need to promote and support the development of a strong European IST sector■ concluded Breton.

Organized by Euro-CASE with the support and sponsorship of the European Commission▓s Information Society Technologies (IST) Research Program, the IST Prize confirms the Winners▓ entrepreneurship, sustainable innovative capacity and their ability to make a positive impact on society.

BitDefender≥ Professional v. 6.5 now starts at $44.95, and a free 30-day trial version may be downloaded from

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Bitdefender is the creator of one of the world's fastest and most effective lines of internationally certified internet security software. The company is an industry pioneer, introducing and developing award-winning protection since 2001. Today, Bitdefender technology secures the digital experience of 400 million home and corporate users across the globe.

Top international testing organizations and world-renowned software reviewers acknowledge Bitdefender as a provider of the world’s most effective antimalware solutions. In January 2014, Bitdefender won top honors from AV-TEST, becoming the first solution to win “Best Protection” and “Best Performance” simultaneously. Bitdefender has also confirmed its industry leadership status with titles including “Best Antivirus of 2014” and two Editor’s Choice awards from PCMAG, and 2013 Editor’s Choice from CNET.

For more information about Bitdefender products, visit the security press room. Bitdefender also publishes the HOTforSecurity blog, with stories from the underworld of internet fraud, scams and malicious software.


Bitdefender E-Threats Landscape Reports

The purpose of this report is to provide a comprehensive investigation of the threats’ landscape. Bitdefender’s security experts thoroughly analyze and examine the menaces of the each semester, focusing on software vulnerabilities and exploits, different types of malware, as well as countermeasures, cyber crime prevention and law enforcement. The E-Threats Landscape Report concentrates mainly on the latest trends, but it also contains facts and data and concerning the previously investigated periods, as well as several predictions related to the upcoming semesters. This document is primarily intended for IT&C System’s Security Managers, System and Network Administrators, Security Technology Developers, Analysts, and Researchers, but it also addresses issues pertaining to a broader audience, like small organizations or individual users concerned about the safety and integrity of their networks and systems.

H2 2012 E-Threat Landscape Report - Overview

For the first half of the year, zero-day vulnerabilities played an essential role in disseminating malware with exploit packs as a favorite vector of infection. The dangerous zero-day exploit in the Java Runtime Environment (CVE-2012-4681) was documented and proof of concept was added to Metasploit, which became public knowledge before a fix was made available.

As a direct result, three billion devices running Java were vulnerable to remote code exploitation for roughly 48 hours. A second exploit hit in September and targeted Internet Explorer 9. Successful exploitation would allow remote compromise of the system with the installation of the Poison Ivy backdoor. Both zero-day exploits were used in advanced persistent attacks.

2012 saw fluctuations in the amount of junk e-mail as a proportion of e-mail traffic. The year began with a slight decrease in spam e-mails, but spam constantly gained ground towards the middle of the year. According to data gathered from the Bitdefender Antispam lab, the second half saw growth again, with small variations towards the end of 2012. The increase in the number of junk e-mails was nonetheless minor, by only 5%, leading to a rough value of 73% of the total number of e-mails sent worldwide.

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Bitdefender is the creator of award-winning, internationally certified Internet Security and Antivirus software.

Since its inception in 2001, Bitdefender has continued to raise the bar to set new standards in proactive threat prevention and virus removal, in many cases leading the way in the best Internet security detection techniques to prevent the spread of malicious threats.

Thanks to its first-class products and state of the art technologies, the company rapidly expanded into a worldwide leader. Bitdefender made its entrance on the international market when opening offices in the UK, USA, Germany, France and Spain, as well as establishing strategic partnerships and a local presence in over 100 countries globally.

By the end of 2009, Bitdefender was protecting millions of users globally and had established trusted use of our technology with household names like IBM and Virgin Media through strategic partnerships.

2011 brought a pivotal change in Bitdefender’s company philosophy, as the organization embraced a new corporate identity. It was also a year of success, as the company’s consumer products were the first in years to be voted the #1 choice (in terms of internet security) by three of the most important independent testing organizations in the world.

The new image acts as a binder between the company’s roots and its future. One thing has remained unchanged: Bitdefender’s capacity of delivering top antivirus products. Bitdefender provides the best antivirus solutions using the same award-winning technology for consumers and for corporate networks, from the small business right through to the global enterprise, protecting all endpoints.

The Bitdefender proprietary technologies, based on innovative ideas and leading trends in the information security industry, continue to be internationally recognized as the best Internet security software. The independent organizations which reward our outstanding results through numerous prizes and certifications are:, Virus Bulletin, ICSA Lab, Checkmark, PC World Top 100, just to name but a few.

Bitdefender strives to constantly develop technology to stay one step ahead in offering our customers the best antivirus detection, combined with flexible usability and performance.


Who we are – under the sign of the Wolf

Who are we? We’re a sublime alloy of intelligence, strength and willpower. We have the sharp mind of the wolf and the sleekness of the dragon, the vigilance of the alpha-male and the indestructibility of the snake’s body. We are a unique combination of symbols that fight on Good’s side.

Half wolf. Half dragon. The Dacian Wolf was carried into battle by soldiers defending their territories in ancient times. It created fear in the opposition, and built confidence in those who carried it.

We are now the bearers of this symbol that transcends time. While the battlefield has changed, its spirit lives on. We are the defenders of the new digital world. We are AWAKE, always on guard—protecting more than 400 million users across the globe with our award-winning technologies.

Judging by its looks, the Bitdefender brand avatar borrows the spirit of our fearless ancestors. It also adds a modern layer to our historical heritage, by bringing the Bitdefender quintessence into the equation.
Bitdefender is perfectly adapted to today's combat requirements. It possesses the necessary skills to win the digital warfare that is going on inside computer networks all over the world.

The logo is a sleek, simplified representation of the brand avatar, while "AWAKE" means we’re always on guard, always ready to step in for the safety of the user.

Our purpose

We are here to defend the welfare of all users, no matter the platform, the nature of the user nor the magnitude of the challenge.
We will do whatever it takes to keep computer users safe from harm and help the Good prevail.

Catalin Cosoi

Catalin Cosoi

Chief Security Strategist

Alexandru Catalin Cosoi is Bitdefender's Chief Security Strategist, tasked with energizing and publicizing the company's technological progress.

Catalin specializes in pattern extraction and recognition technologies, with an accent on neural networks and clustering algorithms. His technical achievements have so far materialized in four granted patents and a series of classification technologies being implemented mostly in Bitdefender software. As a consequence of his interests, he is also pursuing a PhD in natural language processing.

He lists his professional goals as "gaining a Nobel prize and achieving clinical immortality", is married and lives in Bucharest, Romania at the rare times when his job isn't sending him around the globe.

Bogdan Botezatu

Bogdan Botezatu

Sr. e-Threat Analyst

Bogdan Botezatu (born 1983 in Romania) is a computer security expert and editor of He has a strong background in computer networking and antimalware research .

Bogdan Botezatu is Senior e-threat analyst for Bitdefender. He has worked for the Romanian provider of innovative antivirus solutions since 2007. His areas of expertise are cyberwarfare , mobile and social networks malware.

As Senior e-threat analyst, he was part of the teams that developed the Bitdefender USB Immunizer and Bitdefender Removal Tools . More than that, he was the author of Malware History , an overview of the most notable developments in the malware landscape, Securing Wireless Networks , that provides tips and tricks on how to shield your home network from intruders, and Safe Blogging Guide , that highlights key recommendations on how to keep your blog and identity safe.

Bogdan Botezatu has spoken at various computer security conferences around the world, including IPEXPO , DefCAMP and international seminars, such as “Current Methods for Combating Cybercrime”, organized by IMPACT Alliance.

Before joining Bitdefender he has activated as system administrator at the Alexandru Ioan Cuza University of Iasi, where he supervised the implementation of IT functions in the educational sector for non-IT-related specialties.

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