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An Analysis of the WannaCry Ransomware Outbreak

Charles McFarland was a coauthor of this blog. Over the course of Friday, May 12 we received multiple reports of organizations across multiple verticals being victim to a ransomware attack. By Friday afternoon, McAfee’s Global Threat Intelligence system was updated to identify all known WannaCry samples and the company had delivered DAT signature updates to …

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 …

Business, Executive Perspectives

What Is Your Customer Data Worth?

How to make sense of the market for stolen information. Personal data about you, me, and, most importantly, your customers is being openly sold via online marketplaces. Stolen data has become a mature commodity market, not unlike oil or metals, with supply-driven price fluctuations, different qualities of product, and a range of values and scarcities. …