Author: Jim Walter

Jim Walter Jim Walter is manager of the McAfee Threat Intelligence Service (MTIS) for the Office of the CTO. He focuses on new threat research as well as the cataloging and maintenance of vulnerabilities and associated countermeasures. Walter has been with McAfee for more than 14 years and works extensively with the internal sales and support teams to provide knowledge and guidance around vulnerability and malware threats. He leads a global team of threats analysts, and directs the content generated by this team: Security Advisories, countermeasure/detector feeds, Global Threat Intelligence apps, and more. Walter is a frequent speaker at industry events and conferences, and cohost of AudioParasitics – The Official Podcast of McAfee Labs.

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, […]

Well that did not take long.  Only weeks after Microsoft issued the end of life for Windows XP, a vulnerability surfaces that is also reported as being used by a “known gang of malicious hackers.”   Of course for many users the task of patching will be relatively straightforward, but for many the reason to migrate […]