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The packaging of malware and malware-construction kits for cybercrime “consumers” has been a long-running trend. Various turnkey kits that cover remote access plus botnet plus stealth functions are available just about anywhere. Ransomware, though very prevalent, has not yet appeared in force in easy-to-deploy kits. But now we have Tox–and it’s free.       […]

Lately, McAfee Labs has observed a lot of active samples detected as Trojan Laziok by many security vendors. According to online reports, the Trojan Laziok is dropped via an exploit of the Microsoft Windows Common Controls ActiveX Control Remote Code Execution Vulnerability (CVE-2012-0158), which arrives via a spam email. In contrast, we have identified the […]

In recent days, much has been said and written around the recently disclosed “Venom” vulnerability. It is important to fully understand the real-world severity of vulnerabilities such as Venom. Although the threat is potentially severe and certainly interesting (it is in a class of relatively rare guest escapes from virtual machines), one has to take into […]

This post was written with the invaluable assistance of my colleague Rakesh Sharma. Intel security has recently observed a malware spreading through Facebook. This type of malware is not new, but it keeps evolving using new spreading mechanisms. A few days ago, we came across a Facebook post with this subject: [Username] shared a link […]

This post was written with the invaluable assistance of Steve Watson of Intel. On April 14, Verizon released its 2015 Data Breach Investigations Report (DBIR). Since then, McAfee Labs posted three blogs (here, here, and here) expanding on the DBIR’s Appendix D discussion of the security of the Internet of Things. In this final blog […]