Raj Samani

Raj Samani is Chief Scientist and McAfee Fellow for cybersecurity firm McAfee. He has assisted multiple law enforcement agencies in cybercrime cases, and is a special advisor to the European Cybercrime Centre in The Hague. Samani has been recognized for his contribution to the computer security industry through numerous awards, including the Infosecurity Europe hall of Fame, Peter Szor award, and Intel Achievement Award, among others. He is the coauthor of the book "Applied Cyber Security and the Smart Grid" and the "CSA Guide to Cloud Computing," as well as technical editor for numerous other publications.
Several global law enforcement agencies—with assistance from McAfee —this week successfully dismantled the “Beebone” botnet behind a polymorphic worm known by McAfee as W32/Worm-AAEH. The purpose of this worm is to facilitate downloading other malware, including ZBot banking password stealers, Necurs and ZeroAccess rootkits, Cutwail spambots, fake antivirus, and ransomware. The worm spreads quickly to ...
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Why are data breaches so commonplace?  Whether the attacks are against the energy sector as reported July 2014[i] with over 1,000 energy companies in North America and Europe reported to have been compromised.  To other attacks targeting other sectors (e.g. Operation Troy, Operation High Roller Nightdragon, etc.) it would appear that no sector is immune ...
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By Raj Samani (@Raj_Samani) and Christiaan Beek (@ChristiaanBeek) In the McAfee Labs Threats Report published in November 2014, Senior Vice President Vincent Weafer commented that 2014 will be remembered as “the year of shaken trust.” Indeed almost every threat measured saw notable increases in Q3 that pointed to a rather ominous 2015.  There was, however, ...
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This week we announced the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the European Cybercrime Centre (EC3) that combines our skills in the war against cybercrime. This agreement demonstrates our commitment to addressing the growing menace that each and every one of us faces in the digital world today. As our dependence on the ...
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What challenges pose the biggest threat to the Internet of Things? The Internet of Things (IoT) is already starting to give rise to real-world applications, from connected homes and cars to health monitoring and smart utility meters. Analyst Gartner predicts there will be 26 billion IoT devices – excluding PCs, tablets and smart phones – ...
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There are many obvious and headline-grabbing costs of cybercrime. There are many obvious and headline-grabbing costs of cybercrime. In the past few months alone there have been numerous high-profile data security breaches where hackers have obtained tens of millions of customer details, ranging from credit card numbers to medical records. While the direct cost of ...
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Recent headlines (here and here) may have struck fear into those living near major energy installations due to references about the Stuxnet malware. In 2009, this particular strain of malware caused significant damage to the Nantanz nuclear facility, reportedly destroying a fifth of Iran’s nuclear centrifuges. Recent reports about Operation Dragonfly, however, appear to be ...
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It has been two weeks since the announcement by multiple global law enforcement agencies regarding the takedown of the communications infrastructure for the Trojans GameOver Zeus and Cryptolocker. Judging by the number of downloads for the McAfee Stinger utility, thousands of systems worldwide no longer provide money to Evgeniy Mikhailovich Bogachev and his associates. However, ...
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Cloud computing continues to be a hot topic. But so what if people are talking about it, who is actually adopting it? One of the questions I have been asking myself is, ‘Will cloud be adopted for critical infrastructure? And what is the security perspective on this? Naturally a blog to answer that question will ...
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Books Fight Back

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You know I always thought that at some point, printed books would go the same way as vinyl.  Despite sporadic revivals by the music industry and its use by particular groups such as the electronic and “mixmasters,” the majority of households have already replaced turntables for the latest technologies.  Equally the latest published shopping trends ...
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