Consumer Threat Reports

Update Your Toaster: How IoT Devices Can Be Conscripted into Botnets

Charles Strite, according to Lemelson-MIT, first introduced the modern toaster in 1926. It was, and remains to this day, a handy instrument for simultaneously warming two sides of a slice of bread before ejecting the finished product — toast — with a familiar springy *pop*. The device’s design was so ...

McAfee Labs

A Dummies Guide to ‘Insider Trading’ via Botnet, Part 2

This post, the second of two parts, was written by Christiaan Beek, Raj Samani, and Shane Shook.  In our first post, we examined the evolution of the botnet. In this follow-up we will discuss a new botnet operating model that allows an attacker to get an insider’s view of infected organizations without ...

McAfee Labs

A Dummies Guide to ‘Insider Trading’ via Botnet

This post, the first of two parts, was written by Raj Samani, Christiaan Beek, and Shane Shook.  Want to spread malware? One of the most effective ways is to use a botnet, a network of infected systems. The goals of botnets have barely changed since we first encountered them more ...

McAfee Labs

McAfee Labs Team Wins Péter Ször Award

This blog post was written by Vincent Weafer. On October 2 at Virus Bulletin’s VB2015 conference in Prague, Virus Bulletin Editor Martijn Grooten announced that Anand Bodke, Abhishek Karnik, Sanchit Karve, and Raj Samani from McAfee Labs have won the Péter Ször Award. The award is given annually for the ...

McAfee Labs

Japanese Banking Trojan Shifu Combines Malware Tools

In recent weeks, McAfee Labs has analyzed a recently discovered banking Trojan that combines elements from multiple malware tools. Shifu has circulated since April, and attacks primarily Japanese banks. Installation This malware arrives as a file dropped by other malware or as a file downloaded unknowingly by users when visiting compromised ...

Consumer Threat Reports

Social Media Swamped by Social Botnets

As anyone with a newsfeed will tell you, fake social media accounts have been on the rise in recent years. A recent study revealed nearly 8% of Instagram accounts are spambots. A problem for marketers, sure, but it’s even worse for you. Creating a robot network, or botnet, used to ...

McAfee Labs

Update on the Beebone Botnet Takedown

On April 8, the takedown operation for the polymorphic botnet known as Beebone successfully concluded. This action redirected traffic from infected hosts to a sinkhole operated by the Shadowserver Foundation. In addition to halting additional infections and the continued morphing of the W32/Worm-AAEH worm, the sinkhole allows McAfee Labs and ...

McAfee Labs

Takedown Stops Polymorphic Botnet

Several global law enforcement agencies—with assistance from McAfee —this week successfully dismantled the “Beebone” botnet behind a polymorphic worm known by McAfee as W32/Worm-AAEH. The purpose of this worm is to facilitate downloading other malware, including ZBot banking password stealers, Necurs and ZeroAccess rootkits, Cutwail spambots, fake antivirus, and ransomware. ...

Consumer Threat Reports

Here’s What You Need To Know About Botnets

In the year of 2000, Professor Vijay Pande, a renowned Stanford University researcher, released a little program that, when downloaded by a user, would simulate how protein molecules fold—a necessary and important part of drug research. But protein folding is a complicated process, requiring a lot of computing power to ...

Identity Protection

What is a Remote Administration Tool (RAT)?

Ever felt like your computer was possessed? Or that you aren’t the only one using your tablet? I think I smell a rat. Literally, a RAT. A RAT or remote administration tool, is software that gives a person full control a tech device, remotely. The RAT gives the user access ...

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