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McAfee Labs Threats Report: April 2021

In this edition, we present new findings in our traditional threat statistical categories – as well as our usual malware, sectors, and vectors – imparted in a new, enhanced digital presentation that’s more easily consumed and interpreted.

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Identity Protection

What is a Botnet?

The word botnet or bot is short for robot network.  A botnet is a group of Internet-connected personal computers that have been infected by a malicious applica­tion (malware) that allows a hacker to control the infected computers or mobile devices without the knowledge of the device owners. When malware is ...

McAfee Labs

Malware Behaves Oddly in Automated Analysis Environment

While testing malware recently, we got some logs from our automated analysis system showing a few samples that are only partially replicated. We have heuristics that predict the behavior of a sample; but if that prediction fails, then the heuristics identify the state of a sample and decide if it ...

Cloud Security

I’ve Got Sunshine on a Cloudy Day!

Cloud services, or Cloud in short, enable a massive disruption of the IT industry because they fundamentally change the economics and velocity of innovation. As such Cloud enables fundamental transformations in almost every field of human endeavor that can benefit from innovation and from information – I say “almost every ...

Identity Protection Mobile and IoT Security

More Than 30% of People Don’t Password Protect Their Mobile Devices

Are you guilty as charged? Whenever I bring this up in a group setting, it astonishes me how many people raise their hands. I wonder if they realize that they are putting all the personal information contained on their mobile device at risk. The unfortunate reality is that everyone loses ...

Family Safety Identity Protection

Just One of Many Internet Scams

A good friend of mine called me recently to ask what I knew about scams from online sales. He had placed an ad on CraigsList for something he was trying to sell and had asked for $150 for the item. He had received a call from a woman and she ...

McAfee Labs

Digging Into the Sandbox-Escape Technique of the Recent PDF Exploit

As promised in our previous blog entry for the recent Adobe Reader PDF zero-day attack, we now offer more technical details on this Reader “sandbox-escape” plan. In order to help readers understand what’s going on there, we first need to provide some background. Adobe Reader’s Sandbox Architecture The Adobe Reader ...

McAfee Partners

Top 5 Reasons To Participate in the McAfee Virtual Sales Kickoff

In 2013 we remain committed to investing in, growing with and optimizing for you, our channel partners. A prime example of this commitment is our Virtual Sales Kickoff (VSKO), where we take the same content created of our Sales Kickoff and make it available to you. This year’s VSKO features ...

Consumer Threat Notices

Mobile Myths: Can My Apple Devices Get Hacked?

“I bought a Mac, because it’s safer than a PC.” “I always surf the web with my iPhone, because I know it can’t get infected.” “I got a virus on my first PC, so now I only use Apple products.” Sound familiar? Too often, the rhetoric around the Mac vs. ...

McAfee Labs

Analyzing the First ROP-Only, Sandbox-Escaping PDF Exploit

The winter of 2013 seems to be “zero-day” season. Right after my colleague Haifei Li analyzed the powerful Flash zero day last week, Adobe sent a security alert for another zero-day attack targeting the latest (and earlier) versions of Adobe Reader. Unlike Internet Explorer zero-day exploits that we have seen ...

Security Operations

Advanced Malware Protection with Network Security Platform

McAfee Network Security Platform customers have benefited from malware protection for some time now. Most customers already use McAfee Global Threat Intelligence (GTI), which has been available since the 6.0 release. The largest and most used reputation service, with over 64 Billion queries per day, GTI classifies files as either ...

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