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The Tradeoff Between Convenience and Security – A Balancing Act for Consumers and Manufacturers

This week McAfee Advanced Threat Research (ATR) published new findings, uncovering security flaws in two popular IoT devices: a connected garage door opener and a “smart” ring, which, amongst many uses, utilizes near field communication (NFC) to open door locks.

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Responses to Cybercrime in Japan and France

This week the Sorbonne University and the French Department of Justice hosted a meeting, the World and Development Institute (IMODEV) International Cybercrime, CyberThreat and CyberFraud Seminar. The audience heard eminent speakers including Pierre Joxe, a Member of the French Constitutional Council and former socialist Minister of the Interior, and Jacques Godfrain, ...

Consumer Threat Notices Identity Protection

Security Threat Concerns ATM Industry

Today, there are over 2.2 million ATMs worldwide, and by 2015 there will be around 3 million. ATM skimming accounts for as much as 30% of all data theft. That’s about $350,000 in fraud every day in the United States alone, or more than a billion dollars a year. The ...

Family Safety

Fake AntiVirus Pop Ups, Mac Edition

I often hear Mac users say “Oh, I don’t have to worry about viruses. I have a Mac!” Well, unfortunately, those days have come to an end. The market share of Apple owners has tipped enough that criminal hackers are taking notice and creating malware targeting Mac users. McAfee explains ...

Family Safety Identity Protection

Most Unwanted Criminals: Phishers, Shoulder Surfers and Keyloggers

McAfee’s most unwanted criminals have included pickpockets, Trojan viruses, and ATM skimmers, dumpster divers, spies, and wireless hackers and now phishers, shoulder surfers, and keyloggers. Identity theft can happen online or on the ground to anyone with a pulse, and even to the deceased. The key is awareness, vigilance, and ...

Executive Perspectives

Mobile Device, Or Not? That Is The Question

For the last couple of weeks I’ve been presenting around the U.S. at events such as Secure360 in St. Paul, and the McAfee Executive Summits in Boston and New York. One question I was asked at every event, was “What is a mobile device?” The flippant answer of course which ...

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Mac ‘Protector’: Another Fake-Alert in Disguise

It’s not breaking news that fake-alert Trojans infections are growing. But it’s worrying for Mac OS X users to find themselves a target for those attacks. As my colleague Tad Heppner mentioned in his post, a scareware called MacDefender was spotted in the wild. Mac users can be fooled by ...

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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 ...

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I Smell a RAT: Java Botnet Found in the Wild

Most of today’s malware works on Windows and its apps, because it can affect a lot of people around the world. However, other platforms are becoming more popular every day and attracting bad guys who are starting to create malicious code for other systems. (For a few examples, see BlackHoleRAT, ...

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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 ...

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5, 4, 3, 2, 1: Osama Bin Laden Death Scams

I suppose this was inevitable. The reported death of Osama Bin Laden is just too good a lure for cybercriminals and scammers to pass up. We at McAfee Labs certainly anticipated this and have been tracking it since the first reports came out of Washington early this morning. We have ...

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