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McAfee COVID-19 Report Reveals Pandemic Threat Evolution

In this “Special Edition” threat report, we dive deep into the COVID-19 related attacks observed by our McAfee Advanced Threats Research and McAfee Labs teams in the first quarter of 2020 and the early months of the pandemic.

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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 ...

Family Safety Identity Protection

Social Security Numbers Easily Cracked

It is easier than ever to guess or predict an individual’s Social Security number, which puts us all at a greater risk for identity theft. Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University have developed a reliable method for predicting Social Security numbers, using information from social networking sites, data brokers, voter registration ...

Identity Protection Mobile and IoT Security

Lost or Stolen Mobile Devices Can Lead to Identity Theft

We lose stuff. You put something down, you get distracted, you forget about it and it’s gone. Stuff falls out of our pockets and bags all the time. I’m one of those people that’s so smart, I’m stupid and absent minded when it comes to my stuff. Where’s my wallet, ...

Executive Perspectives

Books Fight Back

You know I always thought that at some point, printed books would go the same way as vinyl.  Despite sporadic revivals by the music industry and its use by particular groups such as the electronic and “mixmasters,” the majority of households have already replaced turntables for the latest technologies.  Equally ...

Family Safety Identity Protection

The 6 Types of Identity Theft

#1 New Account Fraud Using another’s personal identifying information to obtain products and services using that person’s good credit standing.  This fraud often requires use of the victim’s Social Security number. Opening new utility, cell phone and/or credit card accounts are the most prevalent forms of new account fraud. #2 ...

Family Safety Identity Protection

Data Privacy Day

This is a critical time for our personal security as it relates to privacy and personal information. A battle is being waged over our data, and there are several parties involved in this fight. My concern is securing the personal details that you would prefer to keep private. Criminal hackers ...

McAfee Labs

Xirtem Worm Hides in CAB/SFX Files

W32/Xirtem@@MM is a fast-spreading and active worm, discovered in late 2008, that uses a variety of methods to propagate. The principal way of infecting other machines is by sending a copy of itself via email. To do that, the malware uses its own SMTP client. In addition, one of the ...

Family Safety Identity Protection

Hacking Wireless for Identity Theft

The ability to connect wirelessly has a lot to do with the indispensability of the Internet in our daily lives. Wireless Internet is available in our homes, offices, cafes, restaurants, parks, hotels, airports, cars, and even airplanes. The mobility factor allows us to work anytime, anywhere, on numerous devices. “Being ...

McAfee Labs

Mobile NFC Features Raise Security Concerns

Yesterday, at the Web 2.0 Summit, Google’s CEO Eric Schmidt presented the Nexus S. This wasn’t just about a new phone, he also talked about how Gingerbread (Android OS Version 2.3) would have support for NFC (Near Field Communications) built in. In light of the mobile-phone hotel-key (NFC-based) trial going on ...

McAfee Labs

Missing Hotel Room Key? Try Your Phone

If you are like me, there are times when you will misplace your hotel key. Times when you’re switching a bucket of ice between hands while searching your pockets or bag. Wondering if you’ve left the key in your room or possibly the lobby. Thinking “I’ve always got my phone ...

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