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Fake-Alert Scams Growing Again

Fake-alert Trojans, also known as scareware, fool consumers by claiming imaginary threats, and insisting its victims purchase a product to repair the “infected” systems. They exist in Windows and Macintosh environments. In my recent report explaining this threat, I included a table showing the approximate number of scareware products with ...

McAfee Labs

Drive-By Downloads Attack Adobe Zero-Day Flaw

Adobe released a security advisory warning the users of a zero-day vulnerability in Adobe Flash Player Versions 10.2.152.33 and earlier. An exploit targeting this vulnerability was embedded inside Microsoft Excel documents and was used to deliver the malicious code to the victims. McAfee Labs performed a detailed technical analysis of ...

Enterprise

In the Dark: Crucial Industries Confront Cyberattacks

Decades ago when the early communications networks were formed, scientists rallied around the joy of sending data at light speed and happily connected once-disparate networks together to create the early stages of the “Internet.”  This capability eventually enabled conversations, money transfers, massive data sharing, and the confluence of convenience and ...

Family Safety Identity Protection

Lawmakers Push To Shield Last 4 Social Security Numbers

Most of us have become accustomed to giving out the last four digits of our Social Security numbers. But this customary request is becoming increasingly problematic, and two Rhode Island lawmakers are responding by pushing legislation to stop businesses from asking for the last four digits of customers’ Social Security ...

Family Safety Identity Protection

Spyware A Major Identity Theft Threat

Spyware is sold legally in the United States. This software records chats, emails, browsing history, usernames, passwords, and basically everything a person does on that PC. Some spyware programs can record everything in a video file, which can then be accessed remotely. This is all perfectly legal as long as ...

Enterprise

Industry-Government Collaboration: Our Best Defense

I had the privilege of speaking before the House Subcommittee on Cybersecurity, Infrastructure Protection, and Security Technologies at a hearing titled “Examining the Cyber Threat to Critical Infrastructure and the American Economy.” I was pleased to have the opportunity to provide McAfee’s perspective on the threats that face our nation’s ...

Family Safety Identity Protection

7 Types of Hacker Motivations

There are good and bad hackers. Here is a window into what they do and why: White Hat Hackers: These are the good guys, computer security experts who specialize in penetration testing and other methodologies to ensure that a company’s information systems are secure. These IT security professionals rely on ...

McAfee Labs

Google Tool Cleans Up Mobile Malware ‘Dream’

Over the weekend Google released the Android Market Security Tool to help clean up  devices infected with the DroidDream malware. The Android/DrdDream family of malware used a pair of exploits (Expoit/LVedu and Exploit/DiutesEx) to gain root access on vulnerable Android devices.  More than 50 Android applications were reported to be infected; all ...

Family Safety Identity Protection

Social Security Numbers Easily Cracked

It is easier than ever to guess or predict an individual’s Social Security number, which puts us all at a greater risk for identity theft. Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University have developed a reliable method for predicting Social Security numbers, using information from social networking sites, data brokers, voter registration ...

Identity Protection Mobile and IoT Security

Lost or Stolen Mobile Devices Can Lead to Identity Theft

We lose stuff. You put something down, you get distracted, you forget about it and it’s gone. Stuff falls out of our pockets and bags all the time. I’m one of those people that’s so smart, I’m stupid and absent minded when it comes to my stuff. Where’s my wallet, ...

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