Cloud Security

Cloud Ubiquity – it’s coming, but not yet!

Brace yourself, adoption of cloud computing is on its way with 93% of organizations using cloud services today.  Just don’t ask when ubiquity will occur!  One year later, and the question about the number of months until IT budgets are 80% in the cloud is down from 16 months to ‘only’ 15.  Technically speaking, ubiquity …

McAfee Labs

Spotlight on Shamoon

Our analysis this month has pointed to Shamoon emerging in the Middle East. We have recently seen a number of similarities that we had highlighted in our earlier blogs (on mcafee.com). The campaign continues to target organizations in the Middle East from a variety of verticals. Reports suggest that a further 15 disk-wiping Shamoon incidents …

Cloud Security

STAR- A Window to the Cloud

We are all going to live in the cloud.   Well that is what every study, and forecast tells us.  From our clash of clans villages, to our connected cars we can expect all of our data to be hosted in an unmarked data center in a town that we have never heard of.   Perhaps this …

McAfee Labs

Shamoon Rebooted in Middle East, Part 2

Last week we provided some initial analysis on recent attacks targeting organizations in the Middle East.  The attack has hallmarks of the Shamoon campaign of 2012. We now have additional data related to the components used within the new campaign, which has three distinct components: dropper, wiper, and wiper driver. The language of these three …

McAfee Labs

Shamoon Rebooted?

We have recently received notifications and samples from impacted organizations in the Middle East that have hallmarks of the Shamoon campaign from 2012. The main component of these attacks was the usage of a wiper component that, once activated, destroyed the hard disks of infected machines. The initial infection vector for the recent attacks is …

Cloud Security

Fight Against Ransomware Takes to the Cloud

“How many visitors do you expect to access the No More Ransom Portal?” This was the simple question asked prior to this law enforcement (Europol’s European Cybercrime Centre, Dutch Police) and private industry (Kaspersky Lab, Intel Security) portal going live, which I didn’t have a clue how to answer. What do YOU think? How many …

Business, Consumer

Wild West of Cybercrime: New Sheriff in Town

Your data is held hostage by criminals.  Do you a) pay them, or b) lose your data forever? Until recently these were the only options for the many victims of ransomware. That was until July 2016 when law enforcement and private sector got together to launch the NoMoreRansom portal. Not only does it provide advice …