Christiaan Beek

Christiaan Beek, lead scientist & sr. principal engineer is part of Mcafee’s Office of the CTO leading strategic threat intelligence research within Mcafee. He coordinates and leads passionately the research in advanced attacks, plays a key-role in cyberattack take-down operations and participates in the NoMoreRansom project. In previous roles, Beek was Director of Threat Intelligence in McAfee Labs and Director of Incident Response and Forensics at Foundstone, McAfee’s forensic services arm. At Foundstone, he led a team of forensic specialists in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa during major breaches. Beek develops threat intelligence strategy, designs threat intelligence systems, performs malware and forensic analysis, pentesting and coaches security teams around the globe. He is a passionate cybercrime specialist who has developed training courses, workshops, and presentations. He speaks regularly at conferences, including BlackHat, RSA, BlueHat and Botconf. Besides conferences, he is also frequently teaching at universities, Police Academies and public schools to recruit, mentor and train the next generation of cyber-security specialists. Beek contributed to the best-selling security book "Hacking Exposed." and has two patents pending. Twitter: @ChristiaanBeek

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Blockchain Transactions Create Risks for Financial Services

This post was written by Raj Samani and Christiaan Beek of McAfee , and Shane D. Shook, PhD. Trust is the most valuable commodity in the digital age. Failure to trust the systems or organizations in which we place our digital assets leads us to look at alternate providers, or ...

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A Dummies Guide to ‘Insider Trading’ via Botnet, Part 2

This post, the second of two parts, was written by Christiaan Beek, Raj Samani, and Shane Shook.  In our first post, we examined the evolution of the botnet. In this follow-up we will discuss a new botnet operating model that allows an attacker to get an insider’s view of infected organizations without ...

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A Dummies Guide to ‘Insider Trading’ via Botnet

This post, the first of two parts, was written by Raj Samani, Christiaan Beek, and Shane Shook.  Want to spread malware? One of the most effective ways is to use a botnet, a network of infected systems. The goals of botnets have barely changed since we first encountered them more ...

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CryptoWall V3 and V4 Protection for McAfee Customers

Updated, November 6:  Since October 30, the release date of the Cyber Threat Alliance report on CryptoWall Version 3, we have spotted a new variant of the CryptoWall family. This variant has been labeled by many as Version 4, which is different in some ways from V3. This rapid update ...

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Ransomware: an Insight to Financial Gain

This week, joint research on the CryptoWall Version 3 family was released by the Cyber Threat Alliance. In Lucrative Ransomware Attacks: Analysis of the CryptoWall Version 3 Threat, McAfee along with the other member of the CTA, researched the elements in the CryptoWall lifecycle, represented in the following graphic: Source: Cyber ...

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Ease of Buying Ransomware Fuels Affiliate Program

For several weeks after we released the McAfee Labs Threats Report, May 2015, in which we discussed the topic of ransomware in depth, we frequently saw the same questions: “Why is ransomware increasing, and why is it so successful? In our report we offered a few answers to this question. ...

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Stolen Credit Card Numbers Easy to Buy Online

We have seen an increasing amount of articles published about the “Dark Web,” underground cybercriminal sites that are hosted on hidden servers and can be accessed only by using Tor. One example of a Dark Web site hosted on one of these “.onion” domains was the Silk Road, a site ...

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The Rise of Backdoor-FCKQ (CTB-Locker)

By Raj Samani (@Raj_Samani) and Christiaan Beek (@ChristiaanBeek) In the McAfee Labs Threats Report published in November 2014, Senior Vice President Vincent Weafer commented that 2014 will be remembered as “the year of shaken trust.” Indeed almost every threat measured saw notable increases in Q3 that pointed to a rather ...

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At McAfee, Protecting Customers Takes Precedence Over Seeking Headlines

One question I often hear is “When will McAfee publish a report on the latest threat?” It seems to be a hot trend today for security companies to offer reports with topics such as “Operation X” or “Malware Y,” or to trumpet how many zero-day vulnerabilities they have found. Do ...

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Iranian Keylogger Marmoolak Enters via Backdoor

Targeted attacks have several stages, sometimes called the APT kill chain. At McAfee Labs we prefer the model described by Lockheed Martin: As part of the weaponizing phase, attackers often put a payload into a file that, once installed, will connect in the C2 (command and control) phase to the ...

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