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McAfee Hidden Device Admin Detector – Free Protection from Android Malware

A few weeks ago, we told you about Obad, a backdoor Trojan that targets the Android operating system (OS). What differentiates a Trojan from a traditional virus is that this type of software attempts to masquerade as something useful in order to trick users into opening the file and then ...

Mobile and IoT Security McAfee Labs

Fraudulent Adult Dating Services Turn 10 Years Old, Still Evolving

McAfee Mobile Research monitors adult one-click-fraud applications on Google Play that are targeted at Japanese users. Although the attackers appeared to have stopped uploading these apps in May, they have now resumed the attacks. We have confirmed about 600 malicious applications have been published since the beginning of April. We ...

Family Safety

What Parents Need to Know About KIK Messenger App

We write a lot about new apps on this blog because apps are hot in the very mobile teen world. Kids use apps to stay connected to the outside world and that’s where you as a parent need to be looking when it comes to threats to their personal safety. ...

Family Safety

A Snapshot: How to Keep Your Kids Safe on Instagram

“Mom, how do you block people on Instagram? I can’t figure it out,” yelled 13-year old Chloe casually from the top of the stairs.  Chloe tried to mask the urgency to her question.  She had just discovered several bluntly inappropriate comments beneath a photo she posted of herself on Instagram. ...

Family Safety

To Skype or Not to Skype: What Parents Need to Know About Video Chat

Captain Kirk isn’t the only one who gets to video chat these days. If your kids have a smart phone or laptop, they are likely having a lot of fun online. Video chatting can come in the form of FaceTime (iphones) or Skype, the online video chat app for any ...

Mobile and IoT Security

Don’t Want to Read Through the Fine Print? There’s an App for That

We’ve always been told to “read the fine print before you sign on the dotted line,” but let’s be frank. In today’s digital world, all we want to do is play that new game, test that new app and hear that new song. The fine print seems like an unnecessary ...

Mobile and IoT Security

Digital Stalking: Physical Eavesdropping on Your Mobile Device

Did you know that while you innocently play games or browse Facebook on your smartphone or tablet, someone might be tracking your every move?  Through a stream of data “leaked” by your mobile gadgets, cybercriminals can determine which direction you’re headed, how fast you’re walking and how long your strides ...

Consumer Threat Notices Mobile and IoT Security

Fake Vertu App Infects Korean and Japanese Android Users

A new threat has surfaced targeting users in Korea and Japan, but this attack, unlike others making the news, is not one motivated by political or ideological dogma. Instead, this one is based purely on old-fashioned greed. Vertu phone owners or those looking for a localized Vertu theme in Korean ...

McAfee Labs

Turkish ‘Delete Virus’ Targets Facebook Users

Facebook continues to be a favorite target for attackers to spread fake wall-post messages or fake scams. Most of the time these fake messages are involved in fake scams that ask users to respond to surveys. Recently, I discovered a Facebook wall post with a malicious website address that was ...

McAfee Labs

Multiple Java Exploits Hide in a Jar (File)

Exploits of the Java Runtime Environment (JRE) have been extensively used in drive-by-download toolkits such as Blackhole and Red Kit. New vulnerabilities discovered in 2013, such as CVE-2013-1493 and CVE-2013-0422, are popular, and we still see lots of older exploits such as CVE-2012-1723, CVE-2012-4681, and CVE-2012-0507.  These vulnerabilities are already ...

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