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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 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 Reports

‘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 ...


McAfee Mythbusters: 5 Misconceptions About PCI Compliance

As more and more transactions are carried out online, credit card security and the need to achieve universal PCI Data Security Standard (PCI DSS) compliance continue to be a key issue. Many eCommerce merchants, especially retailers who fall within the small to medium category, are neglecting to keep up to date ...

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 ...

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