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McAfee COVID-19 Report Reveals Pandemic Threat Evolution

In this “Special Edition” threat report, we dive deep into the COVID-19 related attacks observed by our McAfee Advanced Threats Research and McAfee Labs teams in the first quarter of 2020 and the early months of the pandemic.

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Family Safety

How to Dodge Without Defriending Pesky Peeps Online

Opinionated, vain, get-under-your-skin-kind-of-people. You’ve come across them on Facebook from time to time and your kids’ world isn’t so different. A parent’s role comes in teaching kids the balance between tolerance and knowing the point when they should graciously disconnect without hurting someone’s feelings. I received a glimpse of my ...

Family Safety

Cyber Pranks – Funny or Mean??

We all know that kids love to play pranks – it is just part of childhood. Whether it is whoopee cushions, switching the salt and the sugar or good old plastic spiders, harmless pranks can be fun and actually a good way of teaching kids resilience. But unfortunately, when kids ...

Mobile and IoT Security McAfee Labs

Automatic App Installation from Google Play Poses Big Risk

Android users usually download and install applications from the Google Play store through several interactions with the service–including viewing the app’s description and granting permission requests by the app. This confirmation procedure helps us avoid installing malicious and potentially unwanted apps. However, McAfee recently found a suspicious app on Google ...

McAfee Labs

Internet Explorer Zero Day Offers Unusual Case Study

While analyzing a recent Internet Explorer zero-day vulnerability, CVE-2014-0322 (containing the Flash sample hash b9c9dab0fd30418884800afebbaba4d99f4526ef0c9a47972a20ab20fed0a06d), we noticed the exploit makes an unorthodox call to ZwProtectVirtualMemory to bypass data execution prevention. What is different about this call? The argument(s) of ZwProtectVirtualMemory are placed in an unusual manner. Typically arguments that are ...

Consumer Threat Notices

Apple, SSL, and the Importance of Updating Your Software

Before we begin: please take a minute to update all of your iOS devices to the latest iOS version, iOS 7.0.6. Do that now. It takes five minutes. I’ll wait. Done? Good. Here’s why you needed that update: Apple’s iOS and OSX operating systems, the software that makes your iPhone ...

Mobile and IoT Security

New Free Version of McAfee Mobile Security

At CES, last month in Las Vegas, McAfee announced plans to offer elements of McAfee® Mobile Security for free. Since last year, we have had a free mobile security solution for Android users, and today we’re pleased to announce the availability of a new update to our free mobile protection. ...

Family Safety

So Are You ‘Hot or Not?’ App Rates Appearance

First, let me begin with the fact that I love apps. In fact, I am probably addicted to them. I frequent the app store like a chef frequents the produce aisle. I look for apps to help me be more efficient in my work, apps to get healthy, and apps ...

McAfee Labs

Examining Your Very Own Sefnit Trojan

Most malware is created for economic purposes. To name just a few of our reports and blogs on this topic, we have written about Cybercrime Exposed, stolen data, and the Target point-of-sale malware. But sometimes it’s not clear to our customers how much time and skill malware authors invest in ...

Consumer Threat Notices

Crash & Burn: Snapchat Security Flaws Strike Again

Snapchat, the photo-sharing app that lets users send and receive photos that disappear after being viewed, has come under its fair share of fire recently. In January, the company was criticized for ignoring a security flaw that allowed 4.6 million user names and phone numbers to be leaked to the ...


HTTPS Scanning – Uncovering Hidden Malware

A colleague of mine recently recounted a conversation he had with two McAfee Web Gateway customers at an industry event, who complained that malware was still getting into their network. My colleague asked, “Are you using SSL scanning?” and the two customers gave each other that “deer in the headlights” ...

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