McAfee Labs

It’s a Zoo Out There! Data Analysis of Alleged ZooPark Dump

In early May, researchers disclosed a Mobile malware campaign by a group focused on Middle Eastern targets. This actor was found to be an evolving and sophisticated group using fake Android apps, namely Telegram, to trick users into installing malicious software. They have been active since 2015 and evolved over ...

Mobile and IoT Security

Mobile World Congress: The Evolution of Mobile Security Through the Years

As I prep for Mobile World Congress, I’ve done some reflecting on my very first cell phone. Whether it was my very first, a Motorola flip phone, then Nokia’s indestructible brick phone, followed by the first-gen iPhone, one thing is certain today: what lives in the palm of my hand ...

Mobile and IoT Security

Why You Should Update or Lose Your Mobile Apps

This blog was written by Bruce Snell. If you’re like me, you probably have at least a dozen apps on your smartphone that you never use. They just sit around taking up space in some forgotten corner of your device.  When you combine these unused apps with the tendency many ...

Mobile and IoT Security

Your Mobile Lucky Charm

Happy St. Patrick’s Day! While today was originally established to honor the life of St. Patrick, over time the holiday has evolved into a celebration of Irish culture and heritage, prompting parades and festivals all over the world. Along with the celebration, there are also many different icons associated with ...

Consumer Threat Notices

The iPhone’s Biggest Weakness May Be Your Computer

Mobile malware is the fastest growing security threat we face today. But that threat has long been lopsided, and unfortunately, Android mobile operating system has seen the brunt of attacks due to its immense popularity and accessibility around the globe. Apple’s iOS ecosystem, while also widely popular, has maintained a ...

Mobile and IoT Security

Ransomware Goes Mobile

The dominance of mobile devices has given hackers a growing market to chase after, with many of the same tools they’ve previously used to target personal computers—tools like ransomware. Ransomware is a type of malicious software that either locks you out of your device, and/or holds your data hostage, until ...

Mobile and IoT Security

Appearances Can Be Deceiving: Fake Anti-Virus App Dupes Users

If the laws of nature are capable of teaching us one thing it’s this: if it seems too good to be true, it usually is. One of the most popular apps in the Google Play Store was recently found to be just that – a fantasy. The app titled Virus ...

Mobile and IoT Security

Mobile Malware in 2014

As the world becomes increasingly mobile, criminals are prioritizing their scams to target smartphone and tablets users more than ever before. Our recent McAfee Labs Threats Report: Fourth Quarter 2013  identified 3.73 million total pieces of mobile malware in 2013, and an astounding 197% increase of total samples from the ...

Mobile and IoT Security

Smartphone Kill Switch Could Become Federal Law

There is no doubt that mobile devices are an integral part of our daily lives, making their potential loss all the more detrimental. Aside from using smartphones to communicate with friends and family, find restaurants, and check email, they serve as repositories for more and more sensitive, personal information. The ...

Mobile and IoT Security

Quad Messaging App — The New Facebook on Campus

College—it’s not just a time for growing into the responsible individual you most assuredly will become, it’s also a time to experiment and make mistakes. However, with the rise of the Internet comes the potential for these mistakes to be broadcast to a much larger audience—not to mention the long-lasting ...

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