Raj Samani is Chief Scientist and McAfee Fellow for cybersecurity firm McAfee. He has assisted multiple law enforcement agencies in cybercrime cases, and is a special advisor to the European Cybercrime Centre in The Hague. Samani has been recognized for his contribution to the computer security industry through numerous awards, including the Infosecurity Europe hall of Fame, Peter Szor award, and Intel Achievement Award, among others. He is the coauthor of the book "Applied Cyber Security and the Smart Grid" and the "CSA Guide to Cloud Computing," as well as technical editor for numerous other publications.

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McAfee Labs Reports All-Time Highs for Malware in Latest Count

In the third quarter of 2017, McAfee Labs reports all-time highs of new and total malware. What is causing the increasing numbers of malware that are submitted to us at an average rate of four new malware samples per second? One major trend that continues in Q3 is the abuse ...

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Lazarus Cybercrime Group Moves to Mobile Platform

When it comes to describing cyberattacks, the word sophisticated is used a lot. Whether to explain yet another “advanced” campaign by a threat actor group hoping to steal information or disrupt computer systems, it seems the precursor to any analysis is to call it sophisticated. Yet the modus operandi for ...

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‘BadRabbit’ Ransomware Burrows Into Russia, Ukraine

This post was researched and written by Christiaan Beek, Tim Hux, David Marcus, Charles McFarland, Douglas McKee, and Raj Samani. McAfee is currently investigating a ransomware campaign known as BadRabbit, which initially infected targets in Russia and the Ukraine. We are also investigating reports of infected systems in Germany, Turkey, and ...

Enterprise

Ransomware Decryption Framework – Now Available

This blog details the availability of the McAfee Ransomware Recover (Mr 2).  We would like to credit Kunal Mehta and Charles McFarland in the work required to develop this framework. How do I get my files back?  This is probably the first question asked when ransomware strikes. Of course, the answer ...

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Taiwan Bank Heist and the Role of Pseudo Ransomware

Widespread reports claim the Far Eastern International Bank in Taiwan has become a victim of hacking. The attacks demonstrate the global nature of cybercrime, with the cybercriminals attempting to wire US$60 million to destinations such as Sri Lanka, Cambodia, and the United States.

Enterprise

The Hack Back: A Double-Edged Sword

Global cyberattacks like Mirai, WannaCry and Petya have left victims feeling helpless and eager to gain back the data they’ve lost at the hands of cybercriminals. This modern threat landscape has everyone looking towards new solutions and strategies—any way they can help protect others while staying secure themselves. So, it’s ...

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DEFCON – Connected Car Security

Sometime in the distant past, that thing in your driveway was a car.  However, the “connected car is already the third-fastest growing technological device after phones and tablets.”  The days when a Haynes manual, a tool kit, and a free afternoon/week to work on the car are fast becoming a ...

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NoMoreRansom – One year on!

One year on. It is fair to say that the No More Ransom project not only exceeded our expectations, but simply blew these initial expectations out of the water. A collaboration between six partners (McAfee, EC3, Dutch Police, Kaspersky Lab, AWS and Barracuda) has now grown to include more than ...

Enterprise

Show me the money – Financial Services Need to Rethink Security

Financial institutions are under attack. As gatekeepers to consumers’ and enterprises’ most personal and private information, this industry serves as one of the most lucrative avenues for cybercriminals to pursue. In response, financial services organizations have developed unsustainable security infrastructures that are characterized by a huge proliferation of tools to ...

Enterprise McAfee Labs Executive Perspectives

Is WannaCry Really Ransomware?

Ransomware follows a relatively simple model: data is encrypted, the victim pays, data is decrypted. At least that is what those who create ransomware want you to believe. This was also our assumption when we began our analysis of WannaCry—that those behind the campaign would decrypt victims’ data once they ...

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