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McAfee Releases 2011 Threat Predictions Report
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Criminals have a long history of targeting what people like most, and judging from the new 2011 Threat Predictions Report from McAfee, cybercriminals will continue to be no different.  McAfee predicted that many of the technologies that gained popularity in the past 12 months may be exploited or attacked by online crooks next year.

Study Finds Businesses Still Deeply Concerned About Social Media Security

McAfee released a new report authored by faculty affiliated with the

How Will Intel’s McAfee Acquisition Affect the Security Industry?
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As reported, Intel announced that it is acquiring major information security vendor McAfee today for $7.68 billion at $48 a share in cash.

Pat Clawson, CEO of endpoint security provider Lumension reached out to us with some thoughts on the acquisition and its effect on the industry.

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Cameron Diaz is now the most dangerous celebrity to search for online, replacing Jessica Biel, according to a new report from McAfee.

Cameron-Diaz McAfee says searching for the latest Cameron Diaz pictures and downloads leads to a ten percent chance of visiting a website that has threats, such as spyware, adware, spam, phishing, viruses and other malware.

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Cameron Diaz is now the most dangerous celebrity to search for online, replacing Jessica Biel, according to a new report from McAfee.

Cameron-Diaz McAfee says searching for the latest Cameron Diaz pictures and downloads leads to a ten percent chance of visiting a website that has threats, such as spyware, adware, spam, phishing, viruses and other malware.

Don

Cameron Diaz is now the most dangerous celebrity to search for online, replacing Jessica Biel, according to a new report from McAfee.

Cameron-Diaz McAfee says searching for the latest Cameron Diaz pictures and downloads leads to a ten percent chance of visiting a website that has threats, such as spyware, adware, spam, phishing, viruses and other malware.

Don

Cameron Diaz is now the most dangerous celebrity to search for online, replacing Jessica Biel, according to a new report from McAfee.

Cameron-Diaz McAfee says searching for the latest Cameron Diaz pictures and downloads leads to a ten percent chance of visiting a website that has threats, such as spyware, adware, spam, phishing, viruses and other malware.

Intel Buys McAfee for $7.68 billion
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Intel has announced it is acquiring McAfee for about $7.68 billion at $48 per share in cash.

"With the rapid expansion of growth across a vast array of Internet-connected devices, more and more of the elements of our lives have moved online," said Paul Otellini, Intel president and CEO. "In the past, energy-efficient performance and connectivity have defined computing requirements. Looking forward, security will join those as a third pillar of what people demand from all computing experiences.

Malware Reaches An All-Time High

Malware reached its highest levels ever in the first six months of 2010, according to a new report from McAfee.

McAfee found 6 million malicious files in the second quarter, compared to 4 million in the first quarter.  Threats on portable storage devices were the most popular malware, followed by fake anti-virus software and social media specific malware. With 55,000 new pieces of malware that appear everyday, globally AutoRun malware and password-stealing Trojans round out the top two malware threats.

Google, Apple, Yahoo, AOL, Dell, HP, RIM, McAfee, Symantec, Siemens Sued Over Spam Filtering
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A few days ago, a Texas-based company called InNova Patent Licensing filed an infringement lawsuit against 36 well-known companies. The company claims to hold the patent on spam filtering, and appears to be resting on the notion that any company using spam filtering owes them.

Among the companies being sued are Google, Apple, AOL, Dell, HP, RIM, Yahoo, McAfee, Symantec, and Siemens. The list doesn’t stop at tech companies though. It also contains names like Frito Lay, Cinemark, J.C. Penney, Rent-A-Center, and Dr. Pepper.

McAfee Studies What Teens Are Getting Away with Online
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McAfee has released the results of a study today, finding that nearly half of online teens have shared personal information with strangers. The study looked at this and other areas of concern for parents.

USB Worm Top Threat In Q1
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In the first quarter of 2010, a USB worm took the top spot for malware globally, according to a new report by McAfee.

Threats on portable storage devices took the lead for the most popular malware. AutoRun related infections held the No.1 and No. 3 spots due to the widespread adoption of removable devices, mainly USB drives.  A variety of password-stealing Trojans rounded out the top five. Those include generic downloaders, unwanted programs and gaming software that collects statistics anonymously. The popularity of these threats were consistent worldwide.

McAfee Lends Security to 99% of Rich Media Ads in U.S.
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McAfee and Adgregate have partnered on what they’re calling the industry’s first secure advertising. WebProNews spoke with Brent Remai, VP of Consumer Marketing at McAfee about what this means for advertising.

Were Googlers Involved in Chinese Cyber Attack?

Reuters is reporting that Google is now investigating the possibility that one or more Google employees could have been involved in the recent attack in China, but is not offering comment on any details. The news agency reports:

Facebook, McAfee Partner
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Win-win-win situations don’t crop up too often, but Facebook and McAfee seem to have orchestrated one on a very large scale.  The two companies announced this morning that they’ve partnered to provide Facebook’s users with free security software.

Cyberwarfare Becoming A Reality
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The possibility of global cyberwarfare has moved from fiction to reality, according to a new report from McAfee.

The report found that politically motivated cyberattacks have increased and five countries, including the United States, Russia, France, Israel and China, are now armed with cyberweapons.

McAfee And Adobe Partner On Security Software
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Security firm McAfee has partnered with Adobe to develop software that will offer companies’ data protection and digital rights management.

McAfee will uses its policy-based data classification with Adobe’s policy-based document protection to allow organizations to secure business information such as intellectual property or regulatory compliance data.

Conversions 11% Higher When Customers See Security
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McAfee released results from a study of 163 million online shoppers, and found that the majority of them are "digital window shoppers." In other words, they start shopping on a site, leave for a period of time, then return later to complete the sale.

According to McAfee’s findings, conversions were 11% higher for digital window shoppers who were shown a security cue, and the longer it took a customer to complete a sale, the more responsive they were to security cues.

Searching For Jessica Biel Puts Users At Risk
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Jessica Biel is now the most dangerous celebrity to search for on the Web, according to a new report from McAfee.

Fans searching for "Jessica Biel" or Jessica Biel downloads," Jessica Biel wallpaper," "Jessica Biel screensavers," Jessica Biel photos" and "Jessica Biel videos" have a one in five chance of visiting a website that’s tested positive for online threats, such as spyware, adware, spam, phishing, viruses and other malware.

Botnets Driving Spam Volume
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Spam volumes have risen 141 percent since March, continuing the longest streak of increasing spam volumes ever, according to McAfee’s Q2 Threats Report, released today.

More that 14 million computers have been hit by botnets, a 16 percent increase over last quarter.

McAfee researchers also found that, over the course of 30 days, Auto-Run malware had infected more than 27 million files. Auto-Run malware, which exploits Windows’ Auto-Run capabilities, does not require any user clicks to activate, and is most often spread through portable USB and storage devices.

Online Shopping Affected By Security Fears
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The economy has not played a significant roll in the way people shop online, according to a new study released by McAfee and conducted by Harris Interactive.