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."

In a recent press announcement, McAfee and Europol’s European Cyber Centre announced a cooperation of our talents to fight cybercrime. In general these joint operations are related to large malware families. Writing or spreading malware, even in small campaigns, is a crime. McAfee Labs doesn’t hesitate to reach out to its partners and contacts in […]

Malware authors have a tendency to conceal themselves so that they can continue their actions uninterrupted. However, we have observed the opposite trend when some authors, who like to show their swagger when writing malware—in particular remote access tools (RATs). They proudly spread their work and post videos on YouTube to demonstrate them. In this […]

Often we see malware authors using encryption or obfuscation along with other techniques to modify the static contents of malware. They do this to evade static-based clustering and detection even though the behavior is the same. In many cases obfuscation also helps hide the threat’s malicious intentions from security researchers. BackOff, a point-of-sale malware designed […]

Some applications go too far in their attempt to get installed on users systems. Many of these fall into the potential unwanted program (PUP) category. One of these is MegaRapido, which primarily targets Brazilians. A recent sample we tested tries to connect to protectmedia.net, which is already marked as suspicious by McAfee SiteAdvisor. Instead of […]

Developers of malware and potentially unwanted programs (PUPs) often prey on our curiosity using social engineering methods to get our attention. A recent case is a video that has become popular on Facebook. In its description, the video claims to offer footage of the lost Malaysian aircraft. Many people on Facebook are sharing this link: […]