Success always comes at a cost, and for Google's immensely popular open source Android platform, success has attracted the attention of malware writers. In fact, Android is again the most targeted mobile platform on the planet by malware authors, and during a time when mobile malware growth is at an all-time high, according to McAfee's Third-Quarter Threats Report for 2011.
Mozilla just can’t catch any slack; the new, memory-improved Firefox 7.0 is barely off the virtual printing presses and already some users are complaining that the thing is crash-tastic. Not so fast: Mozilla pays attention to those crash reports that users send back, you see, and the company noticed that McAfee’s ScriptScan add-on was the cause of a lot of those fatal errors. In fact, ScriptScan was creating such a high volume of crashes that Mozilla tossed the add-on in their blocklist yesterday.
Perhaps you've heard that Windows 8 will ship with built-in antivirus software. Don't fret if you're just now learning this, Microsoft did a great job bombarding the media with information about its next major OS at its BUILD conference, and retaining it all on first pass is asking a lot. Nevertheless, this is a big announcement, and one that can't be sitting well with third-party AV vendors. Security firm Sophos has a message for them: "Too bad, sucka!"
Security firm McAfee on Tuesday published the results of "Operation Shady RAT" (where RAT stands for Remote Access Tool), which the company describes as "the most comprehensive analysis ever revealed of victim profiles from a five year operation by one specific actor." McAfee said it traced several cyber shenanigans back to a single server used by the intruders to hack into 72 organizations, including offices of the Associated Press, governments of the United States, the United Nations, and others agencies around the world.
How many times have you been called to fix a PC that was invested with malware, only to discover that the user fell for one of the oldest tricks in the malware Bible, fake AV and utility programs? It's a common occurrence because, well, it simply works. Fake AV programs disguised as legitimate security software is getting tougher to discern from the real deal, and that's bad news for less savvy computer users. Security vendor McAfee put together a "Dirty Dozen" list of the most common fake AV software and utilities, and some of the entries might just surprise you.
Like Norton, McAfee’s struggling to overcome an unflattering reputation among the tech-literate in hopes of expanding its user base beyond the OEM crowd, and last year’s completely retooled version went a long way toward that goal.
The acquisition of McAfee is complete and Intel is now the owner of one of the most recognizable security brands in the business. Doing so cost Intel nearly $7.7 billion, and going forward, McAfee will continue developing and selling products and services under its own brand, Intel stated in a press release. Sometime later this year, Intel will put its strategic partnership to work by "tackling security and the pervasive nature of computing threats in an entirely new way." Expect mobile security to be a big focus of where this partnership goes.
McAfee has published a new report that details a string of cyberattacks targeting global oil, energy and petrochemical companies. Dubbed “Night Dragon” by the security company, the attacks have been on its radar since November, 2009. While hackers have used a wide assortment of hacking techniques for attacking these companies in a very “targeted” fashion, McAfee’s vice president of threat research Dmitri Alperovitch described the hackers themselves as being sloppy, unsophisticated and mistake prone.
Shhhh ... very quietly hit the jump to read more about the covert attacks that are still continuing.
The European Union won't stand in the way of Intel's proposed $7.68 billion acquisition of security firm McAfee, though the chip maker did have to promise it wouldn't engage in any shenanigans, InformationWeek reports. Specifically, Intel had to promise that other security vendors would get access to the same technology in Intel processors and chipsets as McAfee would, while also vowing not to gimp McAfee on non-Intel hardware.
"The commitments submitted by Intel strike the right balance, as they allow preserving both competition and the beneficial effects of the merger," Joaquin Almunia, commission VP in charge of competition policy. "These changes will ensure that vigorous competition is maintained and that consumers get the best result in terms of price, choice, and quality of the IT security products."
The U.S. Federal Trade Commission already approved the proposed merger back in December, and with the EU's blessing, which is rarely easy to obtain, it's expected Intel will finalize the merger sometime this quarter.
Conventional wisdom says that Windows falls prey to more attacks simply because there are more Windows users than any other platform. Well, you can go ahead and throw conventional wisdom out the Window, because in 2011, cybercriminals will have their eye on a number of alternative OSes, according to security firm McAfee.
McAfee sees cybercriminals shifting their attention to "2010's most buzzed about platforms and services," such as Google's Android, Apple's iPhone, foursquare, Google TV, and the Mac OS X platform.
"We've seen significant advancements in device and social network adoption, placing a bulls-eye on the platforms and services users are embracing the most," said Vincent Weafer, senior vice president of McAfee Labs. "These platforms and services have become very popular in a short amount of time, and we're already seeing a significant increase vulnerabilities, attacks, and data loss."
McAfee goes on and on about emerging threats to mobile platforms, though we're inclined to take a little of what they say with a grain of salt. It's worth mentioning that Intel recently acquired McAfee for $7.68 billion and has hinted it would be coming out with mobile security products.