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The Rise of Backdoor-FCKQ (CTB-Locker)

By Raj Samani (@Raj_Samani) and Christiaan Beek (@ChristiaanBeek) In the McAfee Labs Threats Report published in November 2014, Senior Vice President Vincent Weafer commented that 2014 will be remembered as “the year of shaken trust.” Indeed almost every threat measured saw notable increases in Q3 that pointed to a rather ...

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Slow File Infector Spies on Victims

Sourabh Kadam contributed to this blog. In the middle of 2012 McAfee Labs observed the complex malware XDocCrypt infecting documents, Excel workbooks, and executable files. Recently we have seen a similar infection method that attacks PDF, MSI (Windows installer), and executables, though the current malware is not as complex as ...

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Is This Your Photo? No, It’s SMS Spam With Mobile Malware

One of the most important concerns of Internet users is privacy. For this reason one of the most effective phishing attacks is to claim that someone’s video or photo is public; thus the victim cannot resist clicking on the malicious link. Recently some people from Singapore (country code +65) have ...

Mobile and IoT Security

App Inventor Enables the Easy Creation of Malicious Apps

In today’s increasingly connected society, heaps of new mobile apps are cropping up every day. It no longer takes a technical degree or programming background to create and deploy a mobile app. Android is well known for being an open and accessible platform that any mobile app developer can use. ...

Enterprise

3 key security challenges for the Internet of Things

What challenges pose the biggest threat to the Internet of Things? The Internet of Things (IoT) is already starting to give rise to real-world applications, from connected homes and cars to health monitoring and smart utility meters. Analyst Gartner predicts there will be 26 billion IoT devices – excluding PCs, ...

Consumer Threat Notices

Massive Law Enforcement Operation Tells two Malware Variants it’s Game Over

On Monday, the United States Department of Justice announced an international law enforcement effort to take out a massive botnet—a network of infected personal computers that work together to accomplish a task given by a hacker. This botnet was particularly nasty because it delivered two programs to victims: Gameover Zeus, ...

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It’s ‘Game Over’ for Zeus and CryptoLocker

Under Operation Tovar, global law enforcement—in conjunction with the private sector and McAfee—has launched an action to dismantle the Gameover Zeus and CryptoLocker infrastructure. Disrupting the criminal infrastructure by taking control of the domains that form part of the communications network provides a rare window for owners of infected systems ...

Consumer Threat Notices

Strike a Pose: Blackshades Malware Spies Through Your Webcam

In the old days, one simply had to draw their blinds to avoid peeping toms from spying on their private business. Now, it seems that even with the shades drawn, one must also shutter their webcam. Earlier this week, the FBI initiated a crackdown leading to the arrest of nearly ...

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Timeline of Bitcoin Events Demonstrates Online Currency’s Volatility

The buzz about Bitcoin has moved from online circles to mainstream media sources. Last week’s news of the collapse of exchange Mt. Gox got more play than in just the business section. Everyone seems to be interested in the digital, anonymous, and stateless currency. Governments have made pronouncements, law enforcement ...

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January 2014 #SecChat Wrap-up — Threat Predictions

Threats seem to be top of mind for the masses of late—with three large-scale attacks on major brands already this year, potentially compromising the financial data and identity of millions. And things don’t show signs of slowing down. Each year, security threats become more sophisticated and difficult to identify, with ...

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