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Six Easy Steps to Help Keep Hackers at Bay

Cybercriminals are adopting complex and powerful techniques to “hack,” or take control of online accounts belonging to other people or organizations. Often, they do this by identifying the passwords belonging to an account user. This used to be a complicated task, but, as The Atlantic notes, discovering passwords today can be as simple as running Read more…

Consumer Reports recommends free security software in 2013 State of the Net Report

More than 58 million American adults had at least one malware infection that affected their home PC’s performance last year. The cost of repairing the damage from those infections was nearly $4 billion. These findings are from the latest Consumer Reports’ Annual State of the Net Report published in the June issue of their respected magazine. […]

Cybercriminals Celebrate – It’s Mothers Day!!

Like all doting daughters, I adore my mother. However, I have to confess – I haven’t yet purchased her well-deserved Mother’s Day gift. But I am not short of gift suggestions, no way. In fact, I have an inbox full of emails offering me fabulous gift options from knives to nighties. So all is well, Read more…

NCCDC 2013 – Red Team Recap

          This past April (4/19 to 4/21) I had the great pleasure and experience of joining the Red Team at 9th NCCDC competition.   It was actually my 2nd year on the Red Team and 4th year to attend in total (I judged in 2010 and 2011).  McAfee is actually a perpetual Read more…

Visualizing A DDoS Cyber Attack

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As you may recall from earlier posts in my blog, a denial-of-service (DDoS) attack occurs when hackers flood a target website with large amounts of traffic. This traffic is often generated through the hacker’s botnet, or network of infected computers. Usually, when a cybercriminal launches a DDoS attack on a website, there isn’t much for Read more…

Is antivirus protection for a smartphone really necessary?

Question of the week: I have avast! Free Antivirus on my computer and I love it, but isn’t antivirus for a smartphone overkill?  I mean, there are not so many threats to a phone, are there? This is a question being asked by lots of security firms lately, and the answer is a resounding, YES. […]

Game of Thrones Fans Beware: TV Show Download Could Put You at Risk

Fans of the epic fantasy series Game of Thrones were understandably eager for the season premier earlier this month. After all, we’d waited since mid-2012 to renew our shared hatred for the most abhorrent monarch in television history, King Joffrey.  But while the show’s popularity is good news for creators David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, Read more…

Fake Vertu App Infects Korean and Japanese Android Users

A new threat has surfaced targeting users in Korea and Japan, but this attack, unlike others making the news, is not one motivated by political or ideological dogma. Instead, this one is based purely on old-fashioned greed. Vertu phone owners or those looking for a localized Vertu theme in Korean or Japanese for an Android Read more…

Tibetan Activists Targeted with More Android Malware

Following the recent discovery of Android/Chuli.A, yet another Android malware has now been found using the same method as Chuli.A: via forged email messages with the Android malware (APK file) as an attachment. However, instead of creating a standalone malicious application that shows a fake invitation about an upcoming congress, this time the attackers compromised Read more…

What is a “Drive-By” Download?

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Gone are the days when you had to click to “accept” a download or install a software update in order to become infected. Now, just opening a compromised web page could allow dangerous code to install on your device. You just need to visit or “drive by” a web page, without stopping to click or Read more…