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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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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 Reports 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 ...

Family Safety Identity Protection

Malicious Websites – The Web is a Dangerous Place

McAfee’s latest Threats Report shows a growth in malicious websites replacing botnets as the primary infection mechanism. This means that by just simply visiting a website you could be exposed to malicious things that can do harm to your computer, mobile device, finances or identity. Websites with bad reputations are ...

Family Safety Identity Protection

No Surprise – Ransomware On the Rise

McAfee’s latest Threats Report shows a 1.5 million increase in malware since last quarter. 2012 is in fact, far and away the busiest year ever for malware with an estimated total of 100 million malware samples worldwide by Q3 2012. With the malware growth rate up nearly 100,000 per day, ...

Family Safety Mobile and IoT Security

Technology Fuels Cyberbullying and Cheating in Teens

McAfee’s study “The Digital Divide: How the Online Behavior of Teens is Getting Past Parents” shows an alarming 70% of teens have hidden their online behavior from their parents, up from 45% in 2010. And yet half of parents live under the assumption that their teen tells them everything he/she does online. The school ...

McAfee Labs

Facebook Bot Spreads Through Chat Messengers [Updated]

Update from Facebook: The Facebook security team been actively tracking this botnet and providing McAfee AV to the victims (via Scan and Repair) The sample covered is out of date, and the malware now works differently Any users infected with this malware should be pointed to the McAfee self-checkpoint on.fb.me/InfectedMcA ...

McAfee Labs

AutoIt and Malware: What’s the Connection?

During the last couple of weeks I’ve come across three malware samples packed using compiled AutoIt scripts, so I decided to explore the connection between AutoIt and the malware world. I took the latest 50 samples marked as AutoIt that were submitted to the free scanning site VirusTotal. Here are the ...

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