Business, Consumer

Technical McAfee Detail On DoubleAgent

Intel Security / McAfee has been investigating the impact of the so-called, “DoubleAgent zero-day”, technique of Windows debugging capabilities announced on 22 March 2017. This injection technique uses a Microsoft Windows debugging feature that requires administrative privileges.  On the fly debugging is designed to be used with all Microsoft Windows executables. It is not specific …

Executive Perspectives

The 5G reality

Mobile World Congress has come and gone. With over 100,000 attendees at the show, people gathered around the impressive booths to get a glimpse at what the world’s biggest mobile brands had to offer in 2017. There was definitely a theme of nostalgia at play with the highly anticipated return of the classic Nokia 3310 …

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 …

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?

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 …

McAfee Labs

Intel Security Teams With Industry, Law Enforcement to Thwart ‘Shade’ Ransomware

Intel Security, Europol, Kaspersky Lab, and Dutch police have taken down the Shade ransomware botnet and captured encryption keys to unlock victims’ systems. Although we talk a great deal of the value of public-private partnerships in the fight against cybercrime, few events in the cybersecurity field are more inspiring than seeing such collaboration in action and …

Executive Perspectives

Is Cloud Security An Exaggerated Concern?

Research indicates the challenge has never been about security, but about transparency. The results are in: We have made zero progress since 2010. This was the year that IDC published results of a survey regarding cloud computing, and it found that security was the biggest barrier toward adoption. This statistic has found its way onto …

McAfee Labs

Does Anyone Really Care About Mobile Security?

I’ve attended Mobile World Congress a number of times and it is fair to say the concept of the show has evolved over the years. Previously, when someone said “mobile” we thought of physical handsets; whereas the term today has a much more complex definition. “Mobile” now is a reflection of the Internet of Things …

McAfee Labs

Updated BlackEnergy Trojan Grows More Powerful

In late December, a cyberattack caused a power outage in the Ukraine, plunging hundreds of thousands of citizens into darkness for hours. Threat researchers soon confirmed that the BlackEnergy malware package, first developed in 2007, was the culprit. They also discovered that the malware has been significantly upgraded since its first release. The initial BlackEnergy …

Executive Perspectives, Security Connected

What Morpho Means: Why Hackers Target Intellectual Property And Business-Confidential Information

A quiet, professional cyberespionage group steals what every company wants to keep secret: valuable information that drives business. Welcome to the new normal. Corporate cyberespionage made the front page yesterday with the news of Morpho, also known as Wild Neutron. Regardless of what you call it, these revelations were the latest reminder of the growing …

McAfee Labs

Update on the Beebone Botnet Takedown

On April 8, the takedown operation for the polymorphic botnet known as Beebone successfully concluded. This action redirected traffic from infected hosts to a sinkhole operated by the Shadowserver Foundation. In addition to halting additional infections and the continued morphing of the W32/Worm-AAEH worm, the sinkhole allows McAfee Labs and other partners in the takedown …