Family Safety Identity Protection Mobile and IoT Security

Protect Yourself from “SMiShing”

“SMiShing” is a silly word—even sillier than “phishing,” but equally 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. The term is a reference to the scammers’ ...

Family Safety Mobile and IoT Security

Almost 5% of Smartphones Lost Every Year

McAfee and Ponemon Institute recently released “The Lost Smartphone Problem,” a study that attempts to determine how many employees’ smartphones are lost or stolen, and the consequences of these lost cell phones on various organizations. Among the 439 sample organizations, the number of missing smartphones is significant: 142,708 in one ...

McAfee Labs

Fighting Mobile Phone Impersonation and Surveillance

Yesterday at the 28th Chaos Communications Congress (28C3), in Berlin, security researchers along with Karsten Nohl and Luca Melette showcased a number of flaws and solutions in GSM mobile phone networks. Day 1 Defeating GSM encryption is not new. Nohl and Melette detailed how attackers can use known network control ...

McAfee Labs

No Winners at QR Code Roulette

Last year a friend had a bright idea for a party game that involved a series of QR codes in a circle on paper. He called it QR Code Roulette. Unlike the gambling game, selecting the right 2D barcode did not make you a winner. It turned out that every ...

McAfee Labs

Spitmo vs Zitmo: Banking Trojans Target Android

SpyEye and Zeus are probably the most prevalent and active Trojan “banker” families seen in the wild. (Bankers steal bank passwords and other financial data.) At the beginning of the year there was a rumor about the “merger” of both toolkits into a new generation of banking Trojan. It is not ...

McAfee Labs

Why Does My Car Have Its Own Smartphone?

You would be surprised at the number of places you can find a GSM SIM card. Outside of your mobile phone, they can be found in power meters, water meters, vending machines, etc. These SIM cards (virtually identical to the one in your mobile phone) are used for machine-to-machine communication. Essentially ...

Family Safety

Guide To Online Banking Safety for Confident Consumers

A recent poll revealed that 54% of U.S. consumers said the theft of their personal or financial information worried them more than losing their job or not having healthcare for their family members.[1] Their worry is not unfounded. As President Obama recently acknowledged, while the Internet has transformed how we ...

McAfee Labs

Dissecting Zeus for Android (or Is It Just SMS Spyware?)

Zeus, also known as ZBot, is one of best-known malware in the industry. The main purpose of this malware is to steal banking credentials, allowing attackers to commit electronic fraud. Until 2010, Zeus existed only for personal computers since this platform was (and still is) the principal medium for electronic ...

Executive Perspectives

Mobile Device, Or Not? That Is The Question

For the last couple of weeks I’ve been presenting around the U.S. at events such as Secure360 in St. Paul, and the McAfee Executive Summits in Boston and New York. One question I was asked at every event, was “What is a mobile device?” The flippant answer of course which ...

McAfee Labs

Google Tool Cleans Up Mobile Malware ‘Dream’

Over the weekend Google released the Android Market Security Tool to help clean up  devices infected with the DroidDream malware. The Android/DrdDream family of malware used a pair of exploits (Expoit/LVedu and Exploit/DiutesEx) to gain root access on vulnerable Android devices.  More than 50 Android applications were reported to be infected; all ...

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