Posts Tagged 'computer security'

Microsoft Office scripting malware has become more and more common and aggressive lately as malware authors constantly develop new techniques to evade detection and deceive users. This kind of malware, as mentioned in previous posts, usually arrives as an attached document within a phishing email. After the “document” is opened, it downloads the second-stage payload, […]

In recent weeks, McAfee Labs has seen a rise in the W97MDownloader malware, which comes with a macro downloader embedded in doc files. One of the malware families that serves these embedded macros is Bartallex, whose appearances have increased significantly during this period. The following chart shows the recent trend for the family:   Background […]

A newly crafted ransomware, Teslacrypt, has arrived in the malware genre that encrypts user files using AES encryption and demands money to decrypt the files. This ransomware infects systems from a compromised website that redirects victims to a site running the Angler exploit kit. (For more on Angler, read the McAfee Labs Threats Report, February […]

The cybersecurity community is often relegated to the sides of popular culture. So when the entertainment industry decides to put hacking, or cybersecurity, into the limelight, the infosec community perks up. The community has been perking up a lot lately. Late last year, director Michael Mann released Blackhat, an action-thriller that sold itself as the […]

With its inherent characteristics to significantly reduce costs, free ‘open source’ software (OSS) is growing in popularity with SMEs and start-ups. Free services to replace Microsoft Word and software to manage finances are fast becoming attractive money saving alternatives for SMEs and start-ups. Not only are these OSS products typically free to use, they also […]