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Travnet Botnet Controls Victims With Remote Admin Tool

The malicious binary behind the Travnet botnet has been updated. The new code has a new compression algorithm, steals the list of running processes, adds new file extensions to its list of files to steal, and has improved its control commands. Also, after the malware has uploaded the stolen files ...


How to create a compensating control for EOL Windows XP Risk

Support for Windows XP SP3 will officially end April 8, 2014, meaning users have less than a year to choose which operating system to go with next. For many, the motivation to move off XP to a new operating system hasn’t been very compelling – while Windows 7 may be ...

Family Safety Identity Protection Mobile and IoT Security

Are you Hackable or Uncrackable? “Password Day” is Today!

Yes, such a day exists and it’s today, May 7th 2013. McAfee is working to make sure consumers increase their security awareness and front line of digital protection by asking everyone to change their passwords today. Reuse of passwords across multiple sites is a big problem. In the digital world, ...

McAfee Labs

Emerging ‘Stack Pivoting’ Exploits Bypass Common Security

[This blog was primarily written by Xiaoning Li of McAfee Labs, with assistance from Peter Szor of McAfee Labs.] In February 2013, the Adobe Product Security Incident Response Team (PSIRT) released security advisory APSA13-02. In that report they listed two vulnerabilities (CVE-2013-0640 and CVE-2013-0641) that were widely exploited. At McAffee ...

McAfee Labs

Travnet Botnet Steals Huge Amount of Sensitive Data

In a McAfee Labs blog by my colleague Vikas Taneja last month, he discussed high-level functioning in the malware Travnet. Since then we have continued to analyze different samples and now classify Travnet as a botnet rather than a Trojan because of the presence of control code, and the malware’s ...

Mobile and IoT Security

Don’t Want to Read Through the Fine Print? There’s an App for That

We’ve always been told to “read the fine print before you sign on the dotted line,” but let’s be frank. In today’s digital world, all we want to do is play that new game, test that new app and hear that new song. The fine print seems like an unnecessary ...

Family Safety Identity Protection Mobile and IoT Security

What is malware and why should I be concerned?

“Malware” is a shortened version of the words malicious software. It is defined as: a generic term used to describe any type of software or code specifically designed to exploit a computer/mobile device or the data it contains, without consent. Most malware is designed to have some financial gain for ...

Mobile and IoT Security

Digital Stalking: Physical Eavesdropping on Your Mobile Device

Did you know that while you innocently play games or browse Facebook on your smartphone or tablet, someone might be tracking your every move?  Through a stream of data “leaked” by your mobile gadgets, cybercriminals can determine which direction you’re headed, how fast you’re walking and how long your strides ...


PCI Compliance – The Value of Getting Your Business Certified

If you operate an online business that accepts credit or debit cards, then you are probably familiar with the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standards (PCI DSS). We’ve discussed the benefits of PCI Compliance before, and it is crucial to ensure that your business becomes and remains in compliance with ...

Consumer Threat Notices Mobile and IoT Security

Fake Vertu App Infects Korean and Japanese Android Users

A new threat has surfaced targeting users in Korea and Japan, but this attack, unlike others making the news, is not one motivated by political or ideological dogma. Instead, this one is based purely on old-fashioned greed. Vertu phone owners or those looking for a localized Vertu theme in Korean ...

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