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How a Young Cybersecurity Researcher Stopped WannaCry Ransomware in Its Tracks

Last Friday, the biggest ransomware attack we’ve seen hit organizations everywhere, impacting more than 150 countries. It shut down a good chunk of Britain’s National Health Service, has earned the attackers $55,000 in bitcoin, and unfortunately, might not be done just yet. However, there’s good news—“WannaCry” is in fact slowing down, and the chance of …

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“WannaCry” Ransomware Spreads Like Wildfire, Attacks Over 150 Countries

Update: The McAfee team has developed a tool that can be used in an effort to recover files that have been attacked by WannaCry ransomware. Learn about it here. Recently, a ransomware attack emerged that is worthy of tears. WannaCry ransomware hit the scene, spreading like wildfire across 150 countries and infecting more than 250,000 machines, which includes a …

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Firewalls: Still Your First Line of Defense

The term “firewall” has been used since early computing days to describe a kind of electronic bouncer that keeps threats from entering your network. But it would be a mistake to think that this fundamental network security measure is now old school. With the recent boom in internet-connected devices,  firewalls are more important than ever. …

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Learn About Phishing By Phone

By now you’ve probably heard of the term “phishing”—when scammers try to fool you into revealing your personal information or sending money, usually via email—but what about “vishing”? Vishing, or voice phishing, is basically the same practice, but done by phone. There are a few reasons why it’s important for you to know about vishing. …

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The Threat Landscape Has Evolved. But McAfee Has Too.

    There is no question that the threat landscape has evolved. Gone are the times of network worms and viruses that were simply an inconvenience. In today’s digital world, threats have become diverse, complex and adaptive. We’ve seen an army of botnets take the entire east coast offline, and we’ve even witnessed a billion …

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What Is Ransomware and Who Does It Target?

Lockouts—they happen. We forget our keys, we can’t remember our passwords—and sometimes, someone else locks us out. And in the modern digital age, lockouts have been happening a lot lately across a number of phones and computers. These lockouts are caused by a powerful malware (malicious software) variant, called ransomware, which works its way into …

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Navigating Today’s Connected World

Whether we’re with our romantic partners or members of our family, our devices are not far behind. In fact, staying connected to our devices has become just part of life. But as we grow closer with our devices, it’s becoming increasingly important that we keep those devices secure. We recently conducted a survey to better …