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Spreading the Flame: Skywiper Employs ‘Windows Update’

Microsoft has issued Security Advisory 2718704, in which the company disclosed that it recently became aware of the Flamer/Skywiper threat, which uses certificates derived from the Microsoft Certificate Authority. The actual certificate in question was used to sign at least one of the attack components associated with the module in ...

McAfee Labs

Jumping Into the Flames of Skywiper

There has been quite a bit of analysis and speculation about the Flamer/Skywiper threat. As we started to analyze this threat, we knew from the very beginning that this was going to be a giant undertaking and potentially very long term. Now we want to pause to help the people ...

Enterprise

McAfee Mythbusters: 5 Misconceptions About PCI Compliance

As more and more transactions are carried out online, credit card security and the need to achieve universal PCI Data Security Standard (PCI DSS) compliance continue to be a key issue. Many eCommerce merchants, especially retailers who fall within the small to medium category, are neglecting to keep up to date ...

Security Operations

Skywiper – Fanning the ‘Flames’ of Cyberwarfare

A few weeks ago, Iran reported intensified cyberattacks on its energy sector that they observed as a direct continuation of the Stuxnet and Duqu attacks. Over the weekend, the IR Cert (Iran’s emergency response team) published a new report that describes this attack as Flame and/or Flamer. Some other news ...

Family Safety

How Do I Protect Myself When Using Wi-Fi?

Wi-Fi is everywhere. Whether you travel for business or simply need Internet access while out and about, your options are plentiful. You can sign on at airports, hotels, coffee shops, fast food restaurants, and now, even airplanes. Wi-Fi wasn’t born to be secure; it was born to be convenient. Wireless ...

Family Safety

What Does It Take To Be Digitally Secure?

Let’s get one thing straight: it’s no longer possible to deny that your life in the physical world and your digital life are one and the same. Meaning, while you are present here on the ground, you also exist online, whether you know it or like it or not. Coming ...

McAfee Labs

‘Android/NotCompatible’ Looks Like Piece of PC Botnet

A lot of recent attacks on Android users are attributed to fake websites of popular applications such as Cut the Rope, Instagram, Angry Birds, or Grand Theft Auto III. However, the very recently discovered malware NotCompatible uses a distribution method not previously seen in the mobile world. The malware hacks ...

McAfee Labs

Pastebin Shares Botnet Source Code

Few days back, we found another Pastebin entry that contains a source which looks to be malicious botnet code. As I wrote in my earlier blog, malware authors also use Pastebin to trade botnet kits. Many times, snippets of a botnet help researchers understand the workings of the botnet and ...

Mobile and IoT Security

Mobile and Phishing – Why It’s More Dangerous

Phishing occurs when scammers send emails that appear to have been sent by legitimate, trusted organizations in order to lure recipients into clicking links and entering login data and other credentials. SMiShing is a version of phishing in which scammers send text messages rather than emails, which, as with phishing ...

McAfee Labs

CVE-2012-0158 Exploit in the Wild

Since last week, we have seen many specially crafted files exploiting CVE-2012-0158, a vulnerability in MSCOMCTL.OCX in Microsoft Office and some other Microsoft products. This exploit can be implemented in a variety of file formats, including RTF, Word, and Excel files. We have already found crafted RTF and Word files ...

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