All Security Awareness Reports and Resources

McAfee Labs Threats Report: June 2018

This edition covers news and statistics gathered by McAfee Labs in the first quarter of 2018. Highlights include how attackers are employing new tactics, updates on the latest threat campaigns (Operation GhostSecret and Lazarus), a surge in coin miner malware, and a rise in multisector attacks.

McAfee Labs Threats Report: March 2018

This quarter McAfee Labs saw cybercriminals pivot from some of their tried-and-true methods, such as ransomware, toward newer tools and techniques, such as PowerShell malware and cryptocurrency mining.

McAfee Labs Threats Report: June 2017

McAfee Labs researchers examine the most powerful malware evasion techniques past, present, and future; the use of digital steganography in malware; and Fareit, the most famous password stealer.

Verizon 2017 Data Breach Investigations Report

McAfee co-authored a section on ransomware, highlighting ransomware technical advancements in 2016 and ways in which the industry is fighting back.

McAfee Labs Threats Report: April 2017

McAfee Labs researchers discuss the background and drivers of threat intelligence sharing. We also examine Mirai, which is notable because it detects and infects poorly secured IoT devices, transforming them into bots to attack its targets.

Tilting the Playing Field: How Misaligned Incentives Work Against Cybersecurity

In a new report commissioned by McAfee, “Tilting the Playing Field: How Misaligned Incentives Work Against Cybersecurity,” the Center for Strategic and International Studies surveyed 800 cybersecurity professionals to reveal how a mismatch of incentives gives cybercriminals an advantage.

McAfee Labs 2017 Threats Predictions

Our researchers offer long-lens predictions about cloud and internet of things (IoT) threats, laws, and vendor responses. They also make specific predictions about threats activity in 2017, including ransomware, vulnerabilities of all kinds, and the use of threat intelligence to improve defenses.

Health Warning: Cyberattacks are Targeting the Health Care Industry

Our researchers investigate the theft of and marketplace for stolen personal health information and biopharmaceutical intellectual property.

McAfee Labs Threats Report: September 2016

McAfee Labs researchers analyze survey data to gain a deeper understanding of data theft, investigate Q1/Q2 ransomware attacks on hospitals, and discuss the practical application of machine learning in cybersecurity.

Threat Intelligence Sharing

Learn more about threat intelligence sharing and McAfee’s leadership in driving its development.

The Need for Automotive Security

Successful attacks on automotive computer systems are becoming a reality, highlighting the increased threats to next-generation cars and motor vehicles. Get recommendations and best practices for securing the next-era vehicle.

Hacking the Skills Shortage

This report examines multiple aspects of the international shortage in cybersecurity skills and provides recommendations for addressing the workforce deficit.

McAfee Labs Threats Report: June 2016

McAfee Labs researchers investigate mobile app collusion, explain the current state of cryptographic algorithms, and provide an in-depth look at the Pinkslipbot Trojan.


Learn more about the growth of ransomware, how ransomware works, and how to protect against these attacks.

McAfee Labs Threats Report: March 2016

McAfee Labs researchers present results from primary market research around cyberthreat intelligence sharing and examine Adwind, a form of Java-based malware, which has grown in prevalence over the past year.

McAfee Labs 2016 Threats Predictions

This report includes two distinct views of the future: First, we look forward five years and predict how the cyber threat landscape will change and the security industry’s likely response. Then, we look tactically at 2016 and make specific predictions about expected threat activity.

The Hidden Data Economy

This report details a few of the many ways in which cyber thieves monetize the information they have stolen.

Catch Me If You Can: Antics of a Polymorphic Botnet

See how McAfee and a global law enforcement action took down a major botnet that infected over 100,000 systems globally.

Flappy Bird Clones Help Mobile Malware Rates Soar

A rise in the number of malicious Flappy Bird game clones has increased the risk of mobile device data theft.

Mobile Malware Continues to Thrive

As mobile malware attacks become increasingly advanced, users need to implement stronger and smarter security techniques.

Rise of the Rootkits

A rise in rootkit malware was witnessed during the first quarter of 2014 as hackers have developed advanced methods to penetrate security in 64-bit systems.

Virtual Currency Botnets Dig up Fool’s Gold

Botnet vendors are now selling tools that can be used for virtual currency mining.

Cybercrime Industry Enables Point-of-Service (POS) Attacks

The cybercrime ecosystem that sells packaged malware makes point-of-sale (POS) breaches against retailers easier than ever for cybercriminals.

Malicious Signed Binaries Crush Certificate Authority Reputation

A drastic increase of malicious signed binaries has led to a lack of faith in the long-trusted certificate authority (CA) protocol.

Mobile Malware — The Rise Continues

The amount of mobile malware continued to skyrocket in 2013, reaching totals never before seen by researchers. Learn what to be aware of to keep your mobile device and identity safe.

Cloud-Based Applications Open for Exploits

Enterprises are shifting their data to cloud-based applications for convenient, cost-effective storage, but cybercriminals are eagerly waiting to attack visible exploits that are not adequately secured.

Cybercriminals Thrive Via Virtual Currencies

The rise and popularity of virtual currencies has also given way to an increase of cybercrime on underground websites.

PC and Android Malware on the Rise

Android-based malware continues to rise as cybercriminals find new ways to evade security.

New Cybercrime Tool: Ransomware Kits

Ransomware kits, an emerging cybercrime tool, allow criminals without programming skills to extort payments by holding a system hostage. Ransomware attacks on Windows PCs and mobile devices are expected to continue to grow.

Now for Sale: Hacking-as-a-Service

Cybercriminals are developing online sales sites to provide more secure and anonymous transactions to their clients.

Three Mobile Threats Impacting Android Smartphones and Tablets

Malware shopping spree apps, NFC worms, and update-blocking malware will have a major impact on Android smartphones and tablets, and the overall mobile security landscape, in 2013.

Technology Advances Introduce Vulnerabilities to Energy Grid

Connecting old technology to the Internet and relying on embedded systems without focusing on security issues has made the energy grid vulnerable to cyberattacks.

What is Stuxnet?

In 2010 Stuxnet, a worm designed to sabotage energy facilities, attacked Iran’s nuclear enrichment facility. Since then, variants of the malware have proliferated with significant implications to the energy infrastructure around the globe.

How Cybercriminals Target Social Media Accounts

Cybercriminals are targeting social media users’ accounts now more than ever.

Five Ways to Mitigate a Big-Scale Attack

Malicious attacks — where the only goal is to cause as much damage as possible — are expected to grow in 2013. Here are five key tips for enterprises to help mitigate the impact of these attacks aimed at breaching database and network security.

How to Fight Spam Text Messages (SMS Spam)

You can fight mobile phone spam, also known as SMS spam, by reporting spam messages to your cell phone carrier, registering your cell phone number with the National Do Not Call Registry, and checking your phone bill for unwanted spam text messages.

How Ransomware Infects Computers

Ransomware is one of the fastest growing areas of cybercrime. It uses links in emails or social media websites, and pay-per-install and drive-by downloads methods to infect computers.