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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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McAfee Labs

Update: NGRBot Posing as Skype Drops Ransomware With Fake McAfee Logo

This blog was updated on October 15. See the end of this file. We recently received a sample of the malware NGRBot from a customer, who got a spam email with what appears to be a Skype link. Victims are lured into clicking a link that promises an image. Once ...

McAfee Labs

Multiplatform Fake AV Uses Different GUIs

Since the beginning of October we have seen a variant of fake antivirus malware that belongs to the FakeRean family of rogue security products. FakeRean is distributed by drive-by downloads or is dropped and executed by another malware. It blocks victims from accessing any other legitimate application on an infected ...

Mobile and IoT Security McAfee Labs

Android Phones Vulnerable to Loss of Data, Apps

Recently security researcher Ravi Borgaonkar discussed a vulnerability that caused a Samsung Galaxy SIII to return to a factory reset just by visiting a special website. Mobile phones have a number of useful codes (USSD/MMI) that can be typed on the dialer screen to bring up system information (IMEI, firmware ...

McAfee Labs

‘FakeInstaller’ Leads the Attack on Android Phones

Android.FakeInstaller is a widespread mobile malware family. It has spoofed the Olympic Games Results App, Skype, Flash Player, Opera and many other top applications. This is not news in the mobile malware world, the FakeInstaller family is one of the most prevalent malware that we have analyzed. More than 60 ...

Consumer

2012 Online Safety Survey – Majority Of Americans Do Not Feel Completely Safe Online

From tweens and teens to silver surfers, more people are jumping onto multiple Internet connected devices every day.  It’s very exciting to see the proliferation of information sharing and communication between people on these devices at any time. Since October is National Cyber Security Awareness month, it’s a good reminder ...

McAfee Labs

NGRBot Spreads Via Chat

NGRBot is a worm that propagates through chat messengers, the Internet Relay Chat channel, social networking sites etc. It steals FTP and browser passwords and can cause a denial of service by flooding. NGRBots use the IRC network for file transfer, sending and receiving commands between zombie network machines and ...

McAfee Labs

‘Police Ransomware’ Preys on Guilty Consciences

“Police ransomware” is big business, generating millions of euros for organized criminal groups. In May, at Europol’s headquarters in The Hague, police officers from 14 EU member states affected by this threat met with representatives from Europol, Eurojust, Interpol, and industry. Police ransomware, as explained on the Europol website, typically ...

Mobile and IoT Security

Worried About All Those App Permissions and Your Privacy? McAfee and Verizon Have an App for That!

Listen up, Android users! As Robert Siciliano mentioned in one of his recent blogs, the Android OS has become the most popular target for writers of mobile malware and your beloved apps are the weak link. At McAfee we believe that apps are the new playground for cybercrimes, which means ...

Family Safety Identity Protection

Celebrities Are Lures For Scammers

“Just Google it.” You’ve probably heard this phrase a thousand times before, and for good reason—search is one of the top activities we do online[1]. But while you are searching online for information and content, keep in mind that scammers are also searching for victims. Scammers have been very productive ...

Consumer Threat Notices Family Safety

McAfee Most Dangerous Celebrity 2012 – And The Riskiest Are…

Emma Watson has replaced Heidi Klum as McAfee’s 2012 Most Dangerous Celebrity to search for online. For the sixth year in a row, McAfee researched popular culture’s most famous people to reveal the riskiest Hollywood actors, athletes, musicians, politicians, designers, and comedians on the Web.  The McAfee Most Dangerous CelebritiesTM ...

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