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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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Security Operations

Skywiper – Fanning the ‘Flames’ of Cyberwarfare

A few weeks ago, Iran reported intensified cyberattacks on its energy sector that they observed as a direct continuation of the Stuxnet and Duqu attacks. Over the weekend, the IR Cert (Iran’s emergency response team) published a new report that describes this attack as Flame and/or Flamer. Some other news ...

Family Safety

How Do I Protect Myself When Using Wi-Fi?

Wi-Fi is everywhere. Whether you travel for business or simply need Internet access while out and about, your options are plentiful. You can sign on at airports, hotels, coffee shops, fast food restaurants, and now, even airplanes. Wi-Fi wasn’t born to be secure; it was born to be convenient. Wireless ...

Family Safety

What Does It Take To Be Digitally Secure?

Let’s get one thing straight: it’s no longer possible to deny that your life in the physical world and your digital life are one and the same. Meaning, while you are present here on the ground, you also exist online, whether you know it or like it or not. Coming ...

McAfee Labs

Evolution of Android Malware: IRCBot Joins the Party

We all know how fast the smart phone market is growing. Along with it, the complexity and the numbers of mobile malware are also on the rise. While I was going through our mobile malware collection, I found an interesting piece of malware for Android. This malware acts as an ...

McAfee Labs

‘Android/NotCompatible’ Looks Like Piece of PC Botnet

A lot of recent attacks on Android users are attributed to fake websites of popular applications such as Cut the Rope, Instagram, Angry Birds, or Grand Theft Auto III. However, the very recently discovered malware NotCompatible uses a distribution method not previously seen in the mobile world. The malware hacks ...

McAfee Labs

Pastebin Shares Botnet Source Code

Few days back, we found another Pastebin entry that contains a source which looks to be malicious botnet code. As I wrote in my earlier blog, malware authors also use Pastebin to trade botnet kits. Many times, snippets of a botnet help researchers understand the workings of the botnet and ...

Mobile and IoT Security

Mobile and Phishing – Why It’s More Dangerous

Phishing occurs when scammers send emails that appear to have been sent by legitimate, trusted organizations in order to lure recipients into clicking links and entering login data and other credentials. SMiShing is a version of phishing in which scammers send text messages rather than emails, which, as with phishing ...

McAfee Labs

CVE-2012-0158 Exploit in the Wild

Since last week, we have seen many specially crafted files exploiting CVE-2012-0158, a vulnerability in MSCOMCTL.OCX in Microsoft Office and some other Microsoft products. This exploit can be implemented in a variety of file formats, including RTF, Word, and Excel files. We have already found crafted RTF and Word files ...

McAfee Labs

Latest SpyEye Botnet Active and Cheaper

On April 16, we found a Pastebin entry selling the latest version of the infamous SpyEye botnet (Version 1.3.48) for a much lower price than we’ve seen elsewhere. (This botnet is mainly used to steal banking information.) The quote was just US$150 including three months hosting, after that it’s $15 ...

McAfee Labs

Digging Into the Nitol DDoS Botnet

Nitol is a distributed denial of service (DDoS) botnet that seems to be small and not widely known. It mostly operates in China. McAfee Labs recently analyzed a few samples; we offer here the communications protocol and the Trojan’s capabilities. Most of the samples we encountered were not packed and ...

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