What we do

At McAfee Advanced Threat Research (McAfee ATR), our goal is to identify and illuminate a broad spectrum of threats in today's complex landscape. McAfee ATR researchers are responsible for research in nearly every vertical of threat, including those targeting banking, retail, medical, and other industries. We have experts in vulnerability and threat research who find and report critical vulnerabilities in popular hardware and software and who use a global network of endpoints to track malware campaigns as well as the nation-states and malicious actors behind them. Our red team incorporates and builds upon the techniques, tactics, and procedures (TTPs) uncovered by our researchers while performing engagements where the robustness of both our products and infrastructure are continuously being tested. And our Operational Intelligence team operates globally around the clock, keeping watch of the latest cyber campaigns and actively tracking the most impactful cyber threats. These findings are fed back into the solutions that ultimately power McAfee's products.

McAfee Advanced Threat Research Lab

The Advanced Threat Research Lab provides our researchers access to state-of-the-art hardware and equipment targeting the discovery, exploitation, and responsible disclosure of critical vulnerabilities. The lab also showcases demos of research projects, such as attacks against medical devices, cars, and more.

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McAfee Labs Threats Report: June 2021

The latest McAfee Labs Threats Report spotlights ransomware from Babuk to DarkSide and beyond. Our team breaks down research and recent trends in high-profile ransomware threats.

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Research spotlight

ATR Researchers Discover Vulnerabilities in Classroom Management Software

McAfee’s Advanced Threat Research team audited a popular classroom management software called Netop Vision Pro, used by millions of students and teachers around the world. The researchers were able to demonstrate exploitation of network-based vulnerabilities to fully compromise the software’s users, including being able to remotely enable devices such as webcams.

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McAfee ATR Uncovers Major Vulnerability in Agora Video SDK

McAfee ATR released findings on a significant vulnerability in call setup for the Agora Video SDK, used extensively by major applications worldwide for audio and video conferencing. Read more here on the implications of the vulnerability and impact to industry.

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Call an Exorcist My Robot’s Possessed!

ATR researchers disclosed four unique vulnerabilities leading to full remote control of a popular robot, providing remote control over the Internet and spying capabilities through the camera.

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Doppleganging up on Facial Recognition Systems

Researchers on ATR emulated state of the art passport systems, and adapted model hacking techniques to bypass facial recognition.

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HVACking: Understanding the Delta Between Security and Reality

McAfee ATR investigated a major building controller and discovered a critical, zero-day vulnerability.

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McAfee Researchers Expose Insights into Netwalker Ransomware

McAfee Operational Intelligence Team researchers provide analysis of enhancements to the Netwalker ransomware, telemetry insights and deep technical analysis.

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Industry research

The McAfee ATR team continually conducts leading-edge research into the threats that impact a variety of industries. Below are a few of the key areas we are currently focused on. They will be updated as new research is released.

Automotive

McAfee ATR investigates the attack surfaces in autonomous vehicles as well as the machine learning algorithms and physical-to-digital attacks related to them.

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SCADA & Industrial Control Systems

McAfee ATR investigates multiple areas of SCADA and ICS implementations, including human machine interface (HMI) software, programmable logic controllers (PLCs), and network protocols, such as MODBUS, ICCP, and others.

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Healthcare & Medical Devices

Our research explores medical devices, networks, protocols, and security practices to help healthcare organizations innovate securely.

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Software-Defined Radio

Our research looks at radio frequency, including near-field communications (NFC and RFID) and wireless transmissions to determine potential impacts to network and proximity devices.

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Browser, Operating System & Enterprise Software

By discovering and disclosing these critical vulnerabilities in the world’s most popular software, the McAfee ATR team continuously reduces the overall attack surface for one of the most attractive targets for cybercriminals.

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Consumer Electronics & IoT

Our researchers look for vulnerabilities in consumer devices to identify threats and guide manufacturers toward more secure products, reducing the potential for attackers to gain access to home or business networks.

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