Horia Cretan

Results in search engines turn poisonous this week too.

Once the hotness
of Roman Polanski’s arrest
is gone and the flames of curiosity exploited
for wicked purposes are also fading, the malware authors laid their eyes (and
payloads) on some other breaking news.

This week, the maliciously crafted Web sites exploit Horia (Billy)
Cretan. His name displays in the top ten results on search engines when queried
about the Good Samaritan who saved a 4-year-old-boy from a burning building in Bronx, NYC.

Horia Cretan Malware

The M.O. is already classical: when clicked, the link of an
apparently legitimate Web site automatically redirects the browser towards a Web
page that infects the unwary user with a variant of Total
Security Rogue
, detected by
BitDefender as Trojan.Downloader.Fakealert.DD.

Horia Cretan malware

A word of advice: be cautious when clicking search engines
results and make sure your antimalware suite is up and running.

About the author


With a humanities passion and background (BA and MA in Comparative Literature at the Faculty of Letters, University of Bucharest) - complemented by an avid interest for the IT world and its stunning evolution, I joined in the autumn of 2003 the chief editors' team from Niculescu Publishing House, as IT&C Chief Editor, where (among many other things) I coordinated the Romanian version of the well-known SAMS Teach Yourself in 24 Hours series. In 2005 I accepted two new challenges and became Junior Lecturer at the Faculty of Letters (to quote U2 - "A Sort of Homecoming") and Lead Technical Writer at BluePhoenix Solutions.

After leaving from BluePhoenix in 2008, I rediscovered "all that technical jazz" with the E-Threat Analysis and Communication Team at BitDefender, the creator of one of the industry's fastest and most effective lines of internationally certified security software. Here I produce a wide range of IT&C security-related content, from malware, spam and phishing alerts to technical whitepapers and press releases. Every now and then, I enjoy scrutinizing the convolutions of e-criminals' "not-so-beautiful mind" and, in counterpart, the new defensive trends throughout posts on

Balancing the keen and until late in night (please read "early morning") reading (fiction and comparative literature studies mostly) with Internet "addiction", the genuine zeal for my bright and fervid students with the craze for the latest discoveries in science and technology, I also enjoy taking not very usual pictures (I'm not a pro, but if you want to see the world through my lenses, here are some samples, messing around with DTP programs to put out some nifty book layouts and wacky t-shirts, roaming the world (I can hardly wait to come back in the Big Apple), and last but not least, driving my small Korean car throughout the intricacies of our metropolis's traffic.