Hide and Seek IoT Botnet Learns New Tricks: Uses ADB over Internet to Exploit Thousands of Android Devices

Hide and Seek IoT Botnet Learns New Tricks: Uses ADB over Internet to Exploit Thousands of Android Devices

by Liviu ARSENE, from Bitdefender Labs , on 26.09.2018

Hide and Seek, a new IoT botnet discovered by our honeypot system in early January, has quickly gained notoriety after amassing over 90,000 devices in a large botnet in a matter of days. While the first variant performed brute force attacks over the Telnet service to jack into devices, later updates involved new command injection […] read more

Triout – Spyware Framework for Android with Extensive Surveillance Capabilities

Triout – Spyware Framework for Android with Extensive Surveillance Capabilities

by Liviu ARSENE, from Bitdefender Labs , on 20.08.2018

No operating system is safe from malware, as cyber criminals will always want to steal, spy or tamper with your data. The proliferation of Android devices – from smartphones to tablets and smart TVs – has opened up new possibilities for malware developers, as all these devices pack microphones, cameras and location-tracking hardware they can […] read more

LockCrypt Ransomware decryption tool

LockCrypt Ransomware decryption tool

by Bogdan BOTEZATU, from Bitdefender Labs , on 24.07.2018

LockCrypt has been around  since mid-2017  with a particular focus on business customers. Spreading by bruteforcing Remote Desktop Protocol credentials, this ransomware family has several sub-variants with the following specific extensions: .1btc     (decryptable and included in this version of the tool) .lock      (decryptable, not included in our tool) .2018    (decryptable, not included in our tool) […] read more

Six Years and Counting: Inside the Complex Zacinlo Ad Fraud Operation

Six Years and Counting: Inside the Complex Zacinlo Ad Fraud Operation

by Bogdan BOTEZATU, from Bitdefender Labs , on 18.06.2018

For more than a decade, adware has helped software creators earn money while bringing free applications to the masses. Headliner games and applications have become widely available to computer and mobile users the world over, with no financial strings attached. While generating untold revenue for the companies that run these programs, adware has witnessed constant […] read more

Hide and Seek IoT Botnet resurfaces with new tricks, persistence

Hide and Seek IoT Botnet resurfaces with new tricks, persistence

by Bogdan BOTEZATU, from Bitdefender Labs , on 07.05.2018

On April 30, Bitdefender researchers became aware of a new version of the Hide and Seek bot we documented earlier this year. The botnet, the world’s first to communicate via a custom-built peer to peer protocol, has now also become the first to gain persistence (the ability to survive a reboot) with the new version. […] read more

RadRAT: An all-in-one toolkit for complex espionage ops

RadRAT: An all-in-one toolkit for complex espionage ops

by Bogdan BOTEZATU, from Bitdefender Labs , on 13.04.2018

Around February this year, we came across a piece of malware that had previously gone unnoticed. Buried in the malware zoo, the threat seems to have been operational since at least 2015, undocumented by the research community. Our interest was stirred by its remote access capabilities, which include unfettered control of the compromised computer, lateral movement across […] read more

Bitdefender’s Business Insights Nominated at the 2018 Security Blogger Awards – Cast Your Vote!

Bitdefender’s Business Insights Nominated at the 2018 Security Blogger Awards – Cast Your Vote!

by Bogdan BOTEZATU, from Bitdefender Labs , on 30.03.2018

Dear reader: if we had the chance, we would definitely name you the Best Corporate Security Blog Reader out there. Now, would you vote for us as the Best Corporate Security Blog? For the past year, we have been working hard to give you the inside scoop in cyber-security, devops and policies. Now, we give you another […] read more

Annabelle Ransomware decryption tool

Annabelle Ransomware decryption tool

by Bogdan BOTEZATU, from Bitdefender Labs , on 05.03.2018

Annabelle Ransomware is a family of file encrypting malware inspired from the horror movie franchise Annabelle. In addition to its file encryption capabilities, the Annabelle ransomware goes the extra mile and attempts to disable the firewall, deny the execution of an array of utilities, spread via connected USB drives and ultimately, overwrite the MBR with […] read more

Bitdefender, Europol, Romanian Police, DIICOT team up for GandCrab decryption tool

Bitdefender, Europol, Romanian Police, DIICOT team up for GandCrab decryption tool

by Bogdan BOTEZATU, from Bitdefender Labs , on 28.02.2018

Ransomware has become one of the most profitable cybercrime verticals in recent years. Complex infection mechanisms and highly profitable affiliation schemes brought operators more than $1 billion in 2016. GandCrab, the latest family of ransomware, started to claim victims in late January, demanding exorbitant prices (ranging from $400 to $700,000) in exchange for the decryptor. Fortunately, the 50,000 users […] read more

GandCrab Ransomware decryption tool

GandCrab Ransomware decryption tool

by Bogdan BOTEZATU, from Bitdefender Labs , on 28.02.2018

BEFORE YOU READ THE REST OF THE ARTICLE: Please note that there is a second version of GandCrab in the wild now. If your encrypted files have the .CRAB extension, this tool will not bring your files back. A new family of ransomware dubbed GandCrab has been making its rounds since January this year. Spreading […] read more

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