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Buran Ransomware; the Evolution of VegaLocker

McAfee’s Advanced Threat Research Team observed how a new ransomware family named ‘Buran’ appeared in May 2019. Buran works as a RaaS model like other ransomware families such as REVil, GandCrab (now defunct), Phobos, etc.

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McAfee Labs

Xirtem Worm Hides in CAB/SFX Files

W32/Xirtem@@MM is a fast-spreading and active worm, discovered in late 2008, that uses a variety of methods to propagate. The principal way of infecting other machines is by sending a copy of itself via email. To do that, the malware uses its own SMTP client. In addition, one of the ...

Family Safety Identity Protection

Hacking Wireless for Identity Theft

The ability to connect wirelessly has a lot to do with the indispensability of the Internet in our daily lives. Wireless Internet is available in our homes, offices, cafes, restaurants, parks, hotels, airports, cars, and even airplanes. The mobility factor allows us to work anytime, anywhere, on numerous devices. “Being ...

McAfee Labs

Mobile NFC Features Raise Security Concerns

Yesterday, at the Web 2.0 Summit, Google’s CEO Eric Schmidt presented the Nexus S. This wasn’t just about a new phone, he also talked about how Gingerbread (Android OS Version 2.3) would have support for NFC (Near Field Communications) built in. In light of the mobile-phone hotel-key (NFC-based) trial going on ...

McAfee Labs

Missing Hotel Room Key? Try Your Phone

If you are like me, there are times when you will misplace your hotel key. Times when you’re switching a bucket of ice between hands while searching your pockets or bag. Wondering if you’ve left the key in your room or possibly the lobby. Thinking “I’ve always got my phone ...

Family Safety Identity Protection

IRS Fully Reliant on Social Security Numbers

On the Policy, Practice & Procedures page of their website, the IRS addresses the public’s concern regarding Social Security numbers on checks: “Complete Social Security Numbers (SSN) on Checks or Money Orders Remitted to IRS Issue: Tax Professionals and clients have concerns about taxpayers putting their full SSN on checks ...

McAfee Labs

The Riskiest Web Domains Revealed – Mapping The Malweb

The world’s most heavily trafficked web domain, .COM, is now the riskiest, according to our fourth annual Mapping the Mal Web report released today. A staggering fifty-six percent of all risky sites end in .COM! Researcher at our very own McAfee Labs analyzed more than 27 million websites to uncover ...

McAfee Partners

Security Connected by the McAfee Channel (by Alex Thurber)

As part of the Mcafee Security Connected initiative launched at FOCUS10, we announced McAfee Security Management 5, which provides a unified monitoring, management, and reporting system that scales to any-sized organization and ensures all endpoints, networks and content are secure.

McAfee Labs

Stuxnet Update

Stuxnet has received a lot of attention since McAfee first blogged about it in July. This post will answer some of the frequently asked questions we’ve received. Q: What is Stuxnet? A: Stuxnet is a highly complex virus targeting Siemens’ SCADA software. The threat exploits a previously unpatched vulnerability in Siemens SIMATIC ...

Executive Perspectives

McAf.ee – Create Secure Short URLs…

A pet project of mine for a couple of months now, McAfee’s secure-short URL service  http://mcaf.ee went through a viral launch last week and has taken flight! Leveraging McAfee Global Threat Intelligence, McAf.ee lets you create short url’s which are checked against our databases of known spammy, dangerous, malware hosting, bot ...

McAfee Labs

Zeus Crimeware Toolkit

The Zeus botnet has been in the wild since 2007 and it is among the top botnets active today. This bot has an amazing and rarely observed means of stealing personal information–by infecting users’ computers and capturing all the information entered on banking sites. Apart from stealing passwords, this bot ...

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