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August 2006

BitDefender Unveils Next Generation Security Products

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. √ August 28, 2006√ BitDefender╝, an award-winning provider of Internet security and antivirus solutions, today announced the launch of version 10 of its line of solutions for consumers and small businesses. Employing BitDefender▓s new patent pending B-HAVE (Behavioral Heuristic Analyzer in Virtual Environments) technology, version 10 of BitDefender▓s Internet Security, Antivirus Plus, and Antivirus security solutions offer consumers and small to mid-sized businesses (SMBs) the industry▓s strongest heuristics-based technology for proactively monitoring and detecting today▓s most malicious viruses, spyware, spam and phishing activity.


⌠A study recently published by a leading consumer review publication found in the past two years, 29% of household computer users were hit by viruses, spyware or phishing scams, causing serious and often costly computer problems. What▓s more surprising is that a large percentage of the users surveyed had not deployed security software to protect their systems against these types of attacks,■ commented Nicolae Simon, BitDefender product marketing manager. ⌠These statistics show that there is an increasing need for consumers and businesses to integrate security software solutions which make use of the most advanced forms of protection. By basing our latest solutions on the proven capabilities of B-HAVE, and by adding new features to make our software easier to use and far more flexible, BitDefender continues to raise the security market▓s industry standard.■


New Anti-Rootkit Technology
Additionally, all of the solutions will include an anti-rootkit module for detecting and removing rootkits (malicious programs designed to control victim computers while staying hidden.) Rootkits have quickly become one of the biggest security threats and challenges for consumers due to their extremely stealthy nature and the lack of anti-rootkit tools in most major security products. With BitDefender 10 solutions, consumers and SMBs can now have a greater level of comfort knowing their PCs are free of rootkits.

Two Years/Two PCs for the Price of One Promotion
To celebrate the release of version 10, BitDefender is offering two years of protection for two PCs≈all at the price of one to customers in North America who purchase before January 1, 2007. Unlike complicated rebate promotions, customers simply need to purchase any version 10 solution from a retail store or via the BitDefender website and they will automatically receive the two-year/two-PC subscription.

BitDefender Internet Security v10
The latest version of BitDefender Internet Security covers all the security needs of an Internet-connected household by providing comprehensive protection against viruses, spyware, spam, rootkits, scams, phishing attempts, intruders and objectionable web content. Features available in the new version of BitDefender Internet Security include:


  • Web Scanning√ filters Web traffic in real-time before it reaches your browser, providing a safe and enjoyable web experience

  • Anti-rootkit module√ detects and removes rootkits, which can secretly control a user▓s computer

  • Port Scan Detection √ detects and blocks port scans which can open up vulnerabilities

  • Privacy Guard √ monitors HTTP (web) and SMTP (mail) traffic to ensure outsiders can not illegally access personal information, such as credit card and Social Security information

  • Web Keyword Filtering√ allows users to explicitly block all web pages which contain specific words or phrases

  • Mail Keyword Filtering √ adds a filter to incoming e-mail, preventing unwanted words or phrases from entering the inbox



Additional enhancements made to BitDefender Internet Security include improved Internet application control, adaptive filtering, heuristic web filtering, as well as a set-up wizard that simplifies installation.

BitDefender Antivirus v10 and BitDefender Antivirus Plus v10
The new BitDefender Antivirus Plus and Antivirus products take full advantage of BitDefender▓s enhanced B-HAVE technology to offer PC users a new layer of security that keeps their operating systems safe from unknown viruses by detecting malicious pieces of code in a contained environment. BitDefender Antivirus Plus offers customers added functionality by integrating antivirus, antispyware, anti-rootkit, firewall, and antispam modules into one comprehensive security package that is tailored to best meet their individual needs. New capabilities now available in both antivirus products include:

  • Web Scanning √ filters web traffic in real-time, allowing for a more enjoyable Web browsing experience

  • Privacy Protection √ protects personal information, such as credit card and Social Security information, by monitoring HTTP (web) and SMTP (mail) traffic

  • Anti-Rootkit Module √ detects and removes rootkits, which can secretly control a user▓s computer

  • Improvements have also been made to the Internet Application Control and the Adaptive Filtering capabilities of BitDefender Antivirus Plus v10. In addition, BitDefender has redesigned the user interface of both antivirus products, making them easier to navigate. As a result, many of the new BitDefender modules require significantly less user interaction.
    Pricing and Availability
    The new version of BitDefender▓s Internet Security and Antivirus solutions are available immediately for download from BitDefender▓s corporate website (http://www.BitDefender.com), as well as through BitDefender▓s licensed resellers.


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About Bitdefender®
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
Download now H1 2011 E-Threats Landscape Report - Executive Summary (pdf)
Download now H2 2011 E-Threat Landscape Report (pdf)
Download now H2 2011 E-Threat Landscape Report - Executive Summary (pdf)

2010
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Download now H1 2010 E-Threats Landscape Report - Executive Summary (pdf)
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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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White Papers

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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.

BRAND STORY

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.

Who to ask? Below you have a list of all of our media representatives who are ready to answer any question you might have.



Marius Buterchi
PR Manager
US
+40 212 063 470
publicrelations[at]bitdefender[dot]com



Catalin Cosoi
Chief Security Strategist
Head of Communications
+40 212 063 470
publicrelations[at]bitdefender[dot]com



Andrei Taflan
Global PR Manager
+40 212 063 470
publicrelations[at]bitdefender[dot]com