Author: Christiaan Beek

Christiaan Beek Christiaan Beek is the Director of Threat Intelligence, Malware Operations at McAfee Labs. In his previous role at McAfee, he was the director of the Incident Response and Forensics for the McAfee Foundstone team in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa. Beek is an active member of MFCIRT, performing reverse-engineering of malware, digital forensics, forensic data mining, as well as coaching security teams around the globe. He is a passionate instructor and cybercrime specialist who has developed multiple training courses, workshops, and presentations. Beek is a contributor to the best–selling security book "Hacking Exposed."

Beyond the relentless headlines of data breaches, credit card theft, and many other cybersecurity related stories lies a very simple explanation.  Sometimes it’s as simple as an employee clicking onto a link within an email, or a user of a popular cloud service using 123456 as their password.  So with recent headlines reporting the widespread […]

By Brad Antoniewicz and Raj Samani Headlines across multiple media outlets are sounding the alarm on a new vulnerability affecting Linux and Unix systems. Nicknamed “Shellshock,” the vulnerability is said by some to have wider reach and impact than the recent Heartbleed vulnerability in April that, by some estimates, affected over million Internet-accessible systems.  For […]

Don’t expect privacy in 2025, but that’s okay because the refrigerator will be able to order milk automatically for us. That’s the general view of respondents of the recent Consumer 2025 Futurist study commissioned by McAfee and conducted by MSI Research. Respondents globally are unanimous regarding the connected appliances we expect to use, demonstrated in […]

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 […]

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, […]