Bleeping Computer

Bleeping Computer is a website covering technology news and offering free computer help via its forums, that was created by Lawrence Abrams in 2004.[2] It publishes news focusing heavily on cybersecurity, but also covers other topics including computer software, computer hardware, operating system and general technology.

Bleeping Computer
The word "BLEEPINGCOMPUTER" is displayed in white lowercase letters over a dark blue background.
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Type of site
Technology news and computer help
Available inEnglish
OwnerBleeping Computer LLC.
EditorLawrence Abrams
URLwww.bleepingcomputer.com
RegistrationOptional
Launched26 January 2004; 16 years ago (2004-01-26)[1]
Current statusOnline

In 2018, Bleeping Computer was added as an associate partner to the Europol NoMoreRansom project [3] for the ransomware information and decryption tools provided by the site.

HistoryEdit

BleepingComputer was founded in 2004 after Abrams could not find existing technical support sites that could offer easy-to-understand instructions for his friends and family.[2]

The domain name bleepingcomputer.com originates from the sounds made by a broken computer and because you want to curse at a computer when it does not work properly. [2]

Since the CryptoLocker ransomware attack in September 2013, and a subsequent DDoS of the site due to its reporting on the new malware,[4] Bleeping Computer has been reporting on new ransomware families as they are released.[5]

ContentEdit

The articles published at Bleeping Computer are categorized as news articles, tutorials and virus removal guides. Its content includes searchable databases for looking up Windows start-up programs and uninstall entries, as well as a free Internet forum to receive computer help.

The site covers news released by researchers and companies, but also performs in-house investigative reporting [6] and analysis of ransomware[7] and malware. [8]

Free decryptors to unlock files encrypted by various ransomware families have been released through the forums or the site's news section by third-party researchers.[9]

Government agencies have included Bleeping Computer cybersecurity articles and analysis in numerous advisories.[10][11]

Bleeping Computer's reporting has been cited by major media that cover technology and IT security news.[12]

The site offers a malware removal training program[13] through its forums that teaches volunteers how to remove Windows infections using various tools, including Combofix, HijackThis, DDS,[14] OTL, GMER, Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware and Rkill,[15] developed by Abrams.

In October 2020, there were over 840,000 registered members on the site.

Legal issuesEdit

In early February 2016, Enigma Software, the developers of the anti-malware suite SpyHunter, filed a lawsuit[16] against Bleeping Computer in response to a negative review of SpyHunter, alleging a campaign to damage the reputation of their company and product.[17] Bleeping Computer requested financial aid from its readers to help pay legal fees arising from the lawsuit.[18] At the beginning of August 2016, Bleeping Computer filed[19] its own lawsuit against Enigma Software for an alleged long-running smear campaign against Bleeping Computer.[19] The lawsuit against BleepingComputer ended in settlement, with BleepingComputer removing Quietman7's posts on Enigma Software's product.[20]

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Bleeping Computer Technical Support Forums". Bleeping Computer.
  2. ^ a b c "Behind the scenes of a free PC troubleshooting helpsite: Interview with BleepingComputer". Emsisoft | Security Blog. 17 February 2016. Retrieved 7 October 2020.
  3. ^ "Join the global 'No More Ransom' initiative to help more victims fight back". Europol. Retrieved 11 June 2020.
  4. ^ "Information regarding October 10th's DDOS attack". BleepingComputer. Retrieved 7 October 2020.
  5. ^ "Articles tagged with Ransomware". BleepingComputer. Retrieved 8 October 2020.
  6. ^ "Garmin outage caused by confirmed WastedLocker ransomware attack". BleepingComputer. Retrieved 7 October 2020.
    - "Canon confirms ransomware attack in internal memo". BleepingComputer. Retrieved 7 October 2020.
  7. ^ "DarkSide: New targeted ransomware demands million dollar ransoms". BleepingComputer. Retrieved 7 October 2020.
  8. ^ "Fake VPN Site Pushes CryptBot and Vidar Info-Stealing Trojans". BleepingComputer. Retrieved 7 October 2020.
  9. ^ "TeslaDecoder released to decrypt .EXX, .EZZ, .ECC files encrypted by TeslaCrypt". BleepingComputer. Retrieved 7 October 2020.
    - "ECh0raix Ransomware Decryptor Restores QNAP Files For Free". BleepingComputer. Retrieved 7 October 2020.
    - "Windows Ransomware Decryptors Downloads". BleepingComputer. Retrieved 7 October 2020.
  10. ^ "Petya Ransomware". CISA. Retrieved 7 October 2020.
    - "Microsoft Operating Systems BlueKeep Vulnerability". CISA. Retrieved 7 October 2020.
    - "Customer Alerts: Frauds and Scams". US Treasury. Retrieved 7 October 2020.
    - "Cybersecuritybeeld Nederland CSBN 2019" (PDF) (in Dutch). Nationaal Coördinator Terrorismebestrijding en Veiligheid. Retrieved 6 January 2019.
    - "LokiBot Malware". CISA. Retrieved 7 October 2020.
  11. ^ "Emotet Malware". CISA. Retrieved 7 October 2020.
  12. ^ "Easy-to-use ransomware code discovered". BBC News. 4 January 2016.
    - Turkel, Dan (9 January 2016). "Hackers are now offering 'customer support' to the victims they extort money from". Business Insider.
    - Storm, Darlene (10 August 2016). "Thugs developing cat-themed ransomware for Androids and Hitler ransomware for PCs". Computer World.
    - "Cybercrime Gets Personal". Time.
    - Smith, Ms. (27 September 2016). "Ransomware targets government, others honor Donald Trump and Voldemort". Network World.
    - "Malware Uses Fake PCMag Review as 'Proof'". PCMag.
    - Chokshi, Niraj (22 May 2019). "Hackers Are Holding Baltimore Hostage: How They Struck and What's Next". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 7 October 2020.
    - Bajak, Frank. "Garmin acknowledges cyberattack, doesn't mention ransomware". Washington Post. Associated Press. ISSN 0190-8286. Retrieved 7 October 2020.
    - Crothers, Brooke (5 December 2019). "Smith & Wesson targeted in cyberattack, report says". Fox News. Retrieved 7 October 2020.
    - "Cognizant hit by 'Maze' ransomware attack". Reuters. 19 April 2020. Retrieved 7 October 2020.
    - Stanglin, Doug. "N.C. county rejects hackers' $26K ransom demand to unlock infected computers". USA Today. Retrieved 7 October 2020.
  13. ^ Elise. "Malware Removal Training Program - Virus, Trojan, Spyware, and Malware Removal Help". BleepingComputer. Retrieved 7 October 2020.
  14. ^ "Am I Infected? What do I do? How do I get help? Who is helping me? - Am I infected? What do I do?". Bleeping Computer.
  15. ^ "RKill - What it does and What it Doesn't - A brief introduction to the program - Anti-Virus, Anti-Malware, and Privacy Software". Bleeping Computer.
  16. ^ "Enigma Software sues BleepingComputer for a smear campaign". Digital Trends. 8 February 2016. Retrieved 16 March 2016.
  17. ^ Smith, Ms. (3 February 2016). "BleepingComputer under free speech attack as SpyHunter makers sue over bad review". Network World. Retrieved 16 March 2016.
  18. ^ "Help BleepingComputer Defend Freedom of Speech". BleepingComputer. Archived from the original on 17 March 2016. Retrieved 16 March 2016.
  19. ^ a b "BleepingComputer's lawsuit document" (PDF). Bleepstatic. Retrieved 10 August 2016.
  20. ^ Abrams, Lawrence (1 March 2017). "Press Release". BleepingComputer. Retrieved 22 September 2017.

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