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Money acts as one of the key drivers for cybercrime. Add to this cybercrime’s lower risk than traditional crime, and there is little wonder that we are witnessing the evolution of crime to the digital sphere. In previous research papers, we focused on the service-based nature of cybercrime, in which anybody can be a cybercriminal […]

Mobile banking Trojans have usually pretended to be security applications (for example, Zitmo) or legitimate banking apps (FakeToken or FkSite a.k.a. Perkele) to trick users into installing the malware. These apps steal incoming SMS messages that could contain mTANs (Mobile Transaction Authentication Numbers) used as two-factor authentication to allow Internet transactions. Now, however, it seems that […]

During recent weeks we’ve seen a new botnet kit advertised in several Russian forums. The iDroidbot costs US$1,500 and targets phones running iOS 7.1 and earlier, as well as Android 2.2 and later. The kit has some interesting features, including a credit-card number grabber and a method for draining mobile wallets. According to the developer, […]

  Update: 4/11/2014 McAfee’s Heartbleed Test tool has been posted and enables users to test sites for the presence of this vulnerability. ———- A recent vulnerability in OpenSSL is causing quite a stir. Documented as CVE-2014-0160, this vulnerability has a significant impact on the perceived security of a number servers across the globe. One of […]

In McAfee Labs we keep a close eye on the Zeus/Zbot/Gamover botnet malware that is responsible of thousands of samples we gather each day. The following graph shows the total number of Zbot samples submitted to McAfee Labs in recent months. For a couple of weeks, McAfee Labs has followed a global Zbot campaign, in […]