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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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McAfee Labs

Combating Malware and Advanced Persistent Threats

In the past decade, the security industry has seen a constant rise in the volume of malware and attacks associated with them. Malware are constantly evolving to become more complex and sophisticated. For example, Unique malware samples broke the 75 million mark in 2011 – Network World 500 malware networks ...

McAfee Labs

Operation High Roller Raises Financial Fraud Stakes

Earlier today Guardian Analytics and McAfee released the joint report “Dissecting Operation High Roller,” which describes a new breed of sophisticated fraud attacks. The advanced methods discovered in Operation High Roller show fraudsters moving toward cloud-based servers with multifaceted automation in a global fraud campaign. Building on established Zeus and ...

Security Operations

McAfee Named a Leader in 2012 Gartner Magic Quadrant for SIEM

Following our acquisition of NitroSecurity last year, we have been working towards fully integrating their Security Information and Event Management (SIEM) technology into our portfolio of solutions. McAfee Enterprise Security Manager (the fruit of our combined efforts) recently received a 5-star rating from SC Magazine, and now we are proud ...


Attack of the Phones: Combating Cyber Threats in the Era of Mobile Commerce

One of the hottest topics at this year’s Internet Retailer Conference and Expo was mobile commerce and, by extension, mobile payment technology. By lumping payment methods, loyalty cards, and coupons all into one location, services like Google Wallet, Passbook and ISIS™ make it easier than ever to shop online. Customers ...

Identity Protection Mobile and IoT Security

How Does Jailbreaking Or Rooting Affect My Mobile Device Security?

You may have heard the term jailbreaking or rooting in regards to your mobile phone, but what is this and what does it really mean for you? Jailbreaking is the process of removing the limitations imposed by Apple and associated carriers on devices running the iOS operating system. To “jailbreak” means ...

McAfee Labs

‘Bioskits’ Join Ranks of Stealth Malware

We have seen many discussions of the MyBios “Bioskit” discovered at the end of 2011. MyBios was the first malware to successfully infect the Award BIOS and survive the reboot. It was first discovered by a Chinese security company; many other security vendors published detailed analyses after that. We have ...


Backup Security Best Practices

Network and mobile data breaches get much of the publicity today, but there’s another less publicized avenue susceptible to both insider and outsider attacks: backup. In early April, for example, Emory Healthcare in Atlanta lost the personal information of 315,000 patients when it discovered that 10 backup discs were missing. ...

McAfee Labs

Spreading the Flame: Skywiper Employs ‘Windows Update’

Microsoft has issued Security Advisory 2718704, in which the company disclosed that it recently became aware of the Flamer/Skywiper threat, which uses certificates derived from the Microsoft Certificate Authority. The actual certificate in question was used to sign at least one of the attack components associated with the module in ...

Consumer Threat Notices

‘Flame’ Has Been Lit in Cyberspace – What Consumers Should Know

This week, a new complex malware, known as Flame or Skywyper, was uncovered and has reportedly affected Iran’s energy sector. Currently, this form of cyber warfare appears to only target select businesses and governments. In the chance that cyber criminals change its focus, the McAfee Labs team is actively monitoring ...

McAfee Labs

Jumping Into the Flames of Skywiper

There has been quite a bit of analysis and speculation about the Flamer/Skywiper threat. As we started to analyze this threat, we knew from the very beginning that this was going to be a giant undertaking and potentially very long term. Now we want to pause to help the people ...

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