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February 2006

BitDefender Highlights Top Virus Issues for 2006

BitDefender, an award-winning provider of antivirus software and data security solutions, today presented their predictions on the top virus issues for 2006. These 2006 antivirus predictions are based on a recent report by BitDefender's team of anti-virus experts, which identified issues including potential bugs in Microsoft's OneCare, mobile viruses and the rise of criminal virus writers as top concerns for the year ahead.

BitDefender, which offers the industry's fastest and world's most effective line of antivirus and email security defense, has set new standards for timely threat detection and for simple installation, use and updates and delivers effective threat management for over 41 million home and corporate users in more than 100 countries.

BitDefender's predictions come at a critical time for the security industry, which is preparing to gather for the upcoming RSA Conference (February 13-17) - one of the year's major forums on information security. In addition, in the first few weeks of 2006, there have already been attacks from two significant viruses - WMF and Blackworm / Kama Sutra - emphasizing the need for early detection and effective countermeasures. Through one of the world's most technically advanced virus labs and in-depth understanding of the hacker and malware writing community, BitDefender is in the unique position of being able to provide insight into the virus and malware trends.

In 2006, BitDefender sees the following events and trends driving virus threats and antivirus technology:

-- Potential bugs in Microsoft's OneCare security software - With the emergence of Microsoft OneCare in 2006, and the growing number of attacks focused on software security breaches, virus writers will have yet another avenue of attack at their disposal, perhaps one as critical as Internet Explorer is now. BitDefender expects OneCare to be installed on many computers by 2007 - perhaps as many as 10% of the existing Windows installations. A single serious bug in OneCare could trigger a repeat of security problems such as the recent WMF and Witty worm incidents - but on a much larger, catastrophic scale, if users rely solely on it for protection.

-- Shift from hackers to criminals - The IT community has been until very recently safe in the knowledge that security companies around the world only have to contend with isolated hackers who do not cooperate formally, out of fear of capture or an unwillingness to share the "fame" that comes with releasing a virus. However, arrests last year in Turkey and the rise in sophisticated money making schemes have not been an isolated incident, but rather a sign of organized crime setting up or hiring teams of "experts", virus writers, con artists, phishers and spammers. This type of criminally developed malware will make up the vast majority of attacks in 2006.

-- Continued increase in malware - In 2005, BitDefender saw a threefold increase in the number of pieces of malware released in the wild over 2004. In the last three months of 2005 alone, BitDefender Labs isolated and classified more than 20,000 pieces of new malware. Most of those 20,000 were not, as one may expect, e-mail viruses, but rather bots and trojans - many deployed as part of more complex attacks, involving targeted spam campaigns, phishing and compromised web servers. The variety of new malware types and attack vectors will only continue to grow in the following years.

-- The end of the email virus - The recent Blackworm / Kama Sutra virus not withstanding, bots, trojans and similar malware will continue to quickly replace e-mail virus as the top threat. BitDefender expects that by 2007, the e-mail virus will be almost a thing of the past, to be replaced with the IM virus, trojans and bots.

-- Increase in mobile security threats - BitDefender expects an increase in threats to the mobile market as mobile devices become more ubiquitous and with the continued integration of these devices with PCs and the Internet.

-- Increase in rootkit malware - The recent developments around the Sony-BMG case spotlight the dramatic increase and potential for damage caused by security flaws in rootkits. BitDefender expects a marked increase in rootkit attacks in 2006.

-- Heuristics emerges as the most important malware protection technology - New heuristic automated threat detection technologies, such as the BitDefender's HiVE engine, will emerge as the best defense against viruses and security threats. BitDefender's HiVE has already made significant gains in this battle, as seen in reduced reaction time to all major new threats and 100 percent capability in identifying and protecting against viruses in the wild. The two major viruses in January 2006 WMF and Kama Sutra - were both designed well enough to be able to get past antivirus systems that relied on out-of-date digital signature detection methods, but were detected by BitDefender using the industry's most advanced heuristics capabilities.

-- Human factor to become vital to virus detection - Characterizing entirely new types of malware and finding solutions to those threats cannot be handled by technology alone. Manual monitoring of the Internet and in-depth knowledge of the technology and motivations of the hackers and criminal organizations that create malware will become a pre-requisite for finding and reacting to 100 percent of the threats on the Internet. BitDefender is meeting this need by expanding BitDefender Labs with new locations and new analysts and developers.

"BitDefender is committed to offer our customers the absolute best and most innovative security solutions on the market today," said Bogdan Dumitru, BitDefender CTO. "Speed, reliability, ease-of-use and the knowledge that a security vendor has in-depth knowledge of all security threats and detection methods are the cornerstones of an effective antivirus solution. BitDefender's solutions have been proven to offer all of these, and we continue to lead the security market in both North America and Europe."



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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.


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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.

Download now the full H2 2012 E Threat Landscape Report (pdf)

Download now the overview H2 2012 E Threat Landscape Executive Summary (pdf)


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2012
Download now H1 2012 E Threat Landscape Report (pdf)

2011
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2010
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2009
Download now H1 2009 Malware and Spam Review Executive Summary (pdf)
Download now H1 2009 E-Threats Landscape Report (pdf)
Download now H2 2009 Malware and Spam Review (pdf)
Download now H2 2009 E-Threats Landscape Report - Executive Summary (pdf)

2008
Download now H1 2008 E-Threats Landscape Report (pdf)
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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: Av-Test.org, 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.

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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.
Always.

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 HOTforSecurity.com. 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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Chief Security Strategist
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