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It's said that real life is sometimes stranger than fiction, and that couldn't be any more truer when it comes to John McAfee, a former programmer for NASA and founder of McAfee Associates, a computer antivirus company that's now owned by Intel. His story contains drugs, an unsolved murder investigation, foreign government conspiracies, and even a faked heart attack, some of which he'll discuss during a Dateline NBC special titled "The Fugitive Millionaire" that's set to air on Thursday, March 26 at 8pm/7c. We have the inside scoop. NBC Universal provided HotHardware with a few excerpts of the... Read more...
Flappy Bird developer Dong Nguyen has promised to bring his popular game back to app stores in August complete with a multiplayer component next time around, but if that isn't incentive enough to wait for the real deal, perhaps the risk of malware infection will push you to patience. According to the latest Threats Report from McAfee Labs, nearly 80 percent of the Flappy Bird clones contain malicious code. McAfee sampled 300 Flappy Bird clones late in the first quarter of this year. Of those 300 samples, 238 of them were malicious. That means you have a mere 1 in 5 shot at picking out a harmless... Read more...
In the quest to quell all the malware that persists in the world, you need a good antimalware solution, but one is not just as good as the next. In a new report, Dennis Technology Labs compared 9 of the top anti-malware products from various companies to see which handled the onslaught the best. Kaspersky Internet Security 2014 topped the list, boasting 100% “Legitimate Accuracy” and 99% “Total Accuracy”, while ESET Smart Security 7 wasn’t far behind with 100% and 98% respectively, and third place went to Norton Internet Security with 97% and 97%. Bringing up the rear... Read more...
You know malware is a steadily growing problem, but if you aren’t tuned into the cyber security industry, you might not know just how fast the threat is exploding. Hackers are taking computers hostage, stealing credit card data at ever-increasing rates, and spammers are winning the email war. McAfee released a new report that documents trending malware problems and shines a light on Deep Web, the underbelly of the Internet. The browser remains a top entry point for cyber attackers. Image credit: McAfee It’s been a banner year for malware. Rootkits are a major problem, as are the autorun... Read more...
Well now, this is awkward. You may recall a study conducted by McAfee a few years back in which it was revealed that businesses were at risk of losing over $1 trillion from "loss or theft of data and other cybercrime." That figure has been cited on more than one occasion by top government officials, including President Barack Obama, but it turns out the the financial impact of hacking may have been grossly exaggerated. In a report scheduled to be released on Monday by the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), McAfee admits that its previous figure might be three times the actual... Read more...
Adobe is getting the word out that a flaw related to its Acrobat and Reader software can cause some data leakage from PDFs. The company’s Product Security Incident Response Team (PSIRT) noted the issue on its blog and promised to solve the problem with the next security update to Adobe Reader and Acrobat, which is slated for May 14th. Adobe's headquarters in San Jose, Calif. Image credit: Adobe Adobe views the data leakage issue to be a “low severity” problem, as the only information that ends up being exposed is the users IP address and timestamp. The problem only occurs when... Read more...
It’s not clear how many jobs will be lost, but according to a Reuters report, at least a small percentage of Intel’s McAfee security division will be getting the pink slip soon. McAfee has about 7,100 employees, so even a “small percentage” could be a lot of people. McAfee is best known for its desktop PC security software, and the division--which was apparently worth up to $7.7 billion when Intel bought it early last year--and a dip in PC sales market-wide may be having an impact on McAfee’s bottom line as it competes with number one security software maker Symantec.... Read more...
During the Day Two keynote address at the Intel Developer Forum, Renee James, Senior Vice President and General Manager of Intel’s Software & Services Group, talked about software development, security and services in an “age of transparent computing”. Much of the talk was geared towards software developers and the desire to code once and deploy across a variety of hardware platforms, which of course lead to a long discussion on the benefits and virtues HTML 5, which Intel obviously is firmly behind.  During the security-centric portion of the keynote, however, Renee... Read more...
According to the latest McAfee Threats Report, the threat of malware is stronger than it has been in the last four years. The McAfee Threats Report for the Second Quarter 2012 found an increase in malware compared to the first quarter of this year (which was previously rated as the busiest period in recent history). This increase is significant: There were 1.5 million more unique malware samples in McAfee's "zoo" collection than the previous quarter.   Overall, McAfee found growth in established rootkits as well as an increase among password-stealing Trojans. Mac users aren't immune, either:... Read more...
Firefox has had its share of problems over the years, the biggest (and most persistent) one being the well documented memory leak. Some suffer from it, others don't. But frequent crashes? If you happen to be experiencing those, check your add-ons, and specifically look for McAfee's SecureScan. According to Mozilla, McAfee's plug-in is known to misbehave and "causes a high volume of crashes." This behavior landed the add-on on Mozilla's 'Blocklist.' "Users are strongly encouraged to disable the problematic add-on or plugin, but may choose to continue using it if they accept the risks described,"... Read more...
McAfee is at the top of its game in the secure email gateway market, at least according to research firm Gartner, which placed the company in the “Leaders” quadrant of its Magic Quadrants for Secure Email Gateways. Gartner's Magic Quadrant for Secure Email Gateways Gartner has so-called “Magic Quadrants” for a variety of specific markets that indicate how various companies stack up against the competition. The quadrants are defined as follows on Gartner’s methodologies page, with the Leaders quadrant being the top of the heap: Leaders execute well against... Read more...
In mid-July it was announced that the Pentagon considers cyberspace an operational theater. Now, experts at security firm McAfee have detailed a five-year-long series of cyber attacks they have dubbed "Operation Shady RAT," in a paper released Wednesday. In this case, RAT isn't about a rodent. RAT is a common acronym in the industry which stands for Remote Access Tool, software that is used by hackers and security experts to access computer networks remotely. The report listed 72 targets, covering companies and organizations in 14 countries. Many more targets, McAfee said, were present in the logs,... Read more...
We're continually surprised at how low online scammers will go to make a quick buck. We suppose we shouldn't be; after all, these folks are some of the scum of the earth, and if you need any more proof of that, just take a look at how they're exploiting the devastating earthquake in Japan. According to security firm McAfee, within hours after the quake hit, unscrupulous cyber criminals had begun designing online scams with the intention of preying on people's good will. One such scam involves sending out fake "donate" emails that appear to come from legitimate organizations, when in fact they really... Read more...
Intel, the largest chip maker on this or any other known planet, cleared at least one major hurdle in its attempt to acquire security firm McAfee. That hurdle? The Federal Trade Commission, which has given the proposed $7.68 billion deal its stamp of approval. "The Federal Trade Commission has concluded its review of the proposed McAfee transaction and has cleared it. We are continuing to work with the staff at the European Commission as they continue their review," Kevin Sellers, Intel VP of Investor Relations, said in a statement. The FTC's approval comes just days after mutterings that European... Read more...
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