It’s not breaking news that fake-alert Trojans infections are growing. But it’s worrying for Mac OS X users to find themselves a target for those attacks. As my colleague Tad Heppner mentioned in his post, a scareware called MacDefender was spotted in the wild. Mac users can be fooled by those fake alerts because malware ...
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Fake-alert Trojans, also known as scareware, fool consumers by claiming imaginary threats, and insisting its victims purchase a product to repair the "infected" systems. They exist in Windows and Macintosh environments. In my recent report explaining this threat, I included a table showing the approximate number of scareware products with their known release dates: After ...
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Most of today's malware works on Windows and its apps, because it can affect a lot of people around the world. However, other platforms are becoming more popular every day and attracting bad guys who are starting to create malicious code for other systems. (For a few examples, see BlackHoleRAT, HellRaiser RAT, and a fake-alert ...
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Adobe released a security advisory warning the users of a zero-day vulnerability in Adobe Flash Player Versions 10.2.152.33 and earlier. An exploit targeting this vulnerability was embedded inside Microsoft Excel documents and was used to deliver the malicious code to the victims. McAfee Labs performed a detailed technical analysis of the exploit and learned that ...
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I suppose this was inevitable. The reported death of Osama Bin Laden is just too good a lure for cybercriminals and scammers to pass up. We at McAfee Labs certainly anticipated this and have been tracking it since the first reports came out of Washington early this morning. We have seen variations of what I ...
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Working in the security industry brings about a myriad of challenges. This is especially true for vendors. We must do our best to educate and inform. At the same time, we want to avoid laying on the FUD--or scaring customers into making poorly educated security decisions. Which brings us to the recent LizaMoon attacks. There ...
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Over the weekend Google released the Android Market Security Tool to help clean up  devices infected with the DroidDream malware. The Android/DrdDream family of malware used a pair of exploits (Expoit/LVedu and Exploit/DiutesEx) to gain root access on vulnerable Android devices.  More than 50 Android applications were reported to be infected; all were pulled from the Android ...
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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 most well-known methods employed by ...
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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 at the Clarion hotel in ...
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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 on me, wouldn't it be ...
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