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‘McAfee Labs Threats Report’ Explores Malware Evasion Techniques, Digital Steganography, Password-Stealer Fareit

We got a little carried away in the McAfee Labs Threats Report: June 2017, published today. This quarter’s report has expanded to a rather hefty 83 pages! It contains three highly educational topics, in addition to the usual set of threats statistics: We broadly examine evasion techniques and how malware authors use them to accomplish …

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McAfee Labs Threats Report Explores Threat Intelligence Sharing and Mirai, the IoT Botnet

In the McAfee Labs Threats Report: April 2017, published today, we explore two key topics. Following an announcement by the Cyber Threat Alliance of its formal incorporation and the release of a threat intelligence sharing platform, we provide some perspective about threat intelligence sharing. The story provides a detailed analysis of the background and drivers of …

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The Cyber Threat Alliance Steps Up to Boost Protection

With each new cyber threat report, we learn about the increasing volume of new, complex threats appearing across a myriad of server systems, networking equipment, personal computing platforms, and IoT devices. We also read about the real-world challenges that information security professionals face when attempting to identify, scope, and prioritize security events generated by their …

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Malware Macros Are Back! Social Engineering Drives Macro Malware Levels to Six-Year Highs

“Warning: This document contains macros.” A familiar message from the 1990s is back, as attackers find new ways to get people to open documents containing macro malware. This updated threat is targeted at users in large organizations that frequently use macros. Carefully crafted and socially engineered emails entice users to open seemingly legitimate documents and …

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McAfee Labs Threat Report Identifies New Mobile Banking, Macro, and Fileless Malware Developments

The cyber threat landscape often combines something old, something new, something blundered, and something “you.” The third quarter of 2015 provides examples of old threat types repackaged with new social engineering approaches, new fileless malware families that can evade traditional detection methods, and the exploitation of poor mobile app cloud security coding practices. Today’s release …

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McAfee Labs Team Wins Péter Ször Award

On October 2 at Virus Bulletin’s VB2015 conference in Prague, Virus Bulletin Editor Martijn Grooten announced that Anand Bodke, Abhishek Karnik, Sanchit Karve, and Raj Samani from McAfee Labs have won the Péter Ször Award. The award is given annually for the best piece of technical security research published during the year. Sanchit Karve accepts …

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Intel Security Looks Back Five Years

August 19 marks the fifth anniversary of the announcement that Intel would acquire McAfee. For those of us who have been here since that day, it’s been an incredible ride. In the McAfee Labs Threats Report: August 2015, published today, we look back at those past five years and compare what we expected to happen …

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Takedown Stops Polymorphic Botnet

Several global law enforcement agencies—with assistance from Intel Security—this week successfully dismantled the “Beebone” botnet behind a polymorphic worm known by Intel Security 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 …