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McAfee unveils refreshed cyber security solutions portfolio

The new McAfee Behavioral Analytics uses machine learning to identify threats

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McAfee, Inc. is an American global computer security software company.
McAfee, Inc. is an American global computer security software company. Wikimedia Commons
  • McAfee reveals refreshed portfolio of its cybersecurity
  • This will optimise its operations and users’ experience
  • The new technology uses machines to identify threats

Global cybersecurity firm McAfee on Wednesday unveiled a refreshed portfolio of its cybersecurity solutions that allows rapid response to advanced cybersecurity threats. McAfee’s updated Enterprise Security Manager (ESM 11) leverages a new data architecture optimised for scalability, performance, faster search and collaboration.

McAfee says that online security concerns are rising in India. IANS
McAfee revises its online security portfolio. IANS

This new architecture combined with the newly-launched McAfee Behavioral Analytics and enhanced McAfee Investigator, McAfee Advanced Threat Defense, and McAfee Active Response would help security operation teams optimise their security infrastructure. McAfee ESM 11, and McAfee Behavioral Analytics are now available. McAfee Investigator will be available in April and enhancements to McAfee Advanced Threat Defense and McAfee Active Response will be available in May, the company said in a statement.

“Given the difficulty in finding skilled resources, enterprises need advanced analytics and machine learning-powered solutions to augment the people they have,” said Jason Rolleston, Vice-President of Security Analytics at McAfee.

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“By combining the strength and speed of these new solutions with the power of human intellect, security operations teams become faster, smarter, more effective, and more efficient,” added Rolleston.

McAfee ESM 11 shares huge volumes of raw, parsed, and correlated security events, and allows for flexible horizontal expansion with active-active high availability, enabling organisations to rapidly query billions of occurrences.

Cyber attack has effected millions of people globally. Wikimedia Commons
The technology will identify threats using machine learning. Wikimedia Commons

The new McAfee Behavioral Analytics uses machine learning to identify threats. It distills billions of security events down to hundreds of anomalies to produce a handful of prioritised threat leads. The updated McAfee Investigator has expanded investigation guides that include new navigation features to multi-select findings for faster case closure. IANS

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New Malware Can Fake Incoming Calls to Steal Banking Details: Kaspersky

A new banking trojan can insert fake text messages and obtain banking credentials

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A new version of the Ginp banking Trojan that can insert fake text messages into the Inbox of a regular SMS app in a bid to obtain banking credentials of unsuspecting users. Pixabay

Researchers at cybersecurity firm Kaspersky have identified a new version of the Ginp banking Trojan that can insert fake text messages into the Inbox of a regular SMS app in a bid to obtain banking credentials of unsuspecting users.

The malware urges victims to open their banking apps with SMS and push notifications, then overlays these apps and steals banking credentials.

These messages appear under the guise of reputable vendors informing users about an undesired event like blocked account access.

To prevent this, the user is requested to open the application. Once victims do that, the Trojan overlays the original window and asks them to input the credentials for a credit card or a bank account. As a result, their payment details are handed over to cybercriminals.

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The malware urges victims to open their banking apps with SMS and push notifications, then overlays these apps and steals banking credentials. Pixabay

“Ginp is simple, but efficient – and effective. And the rate at which it evolves and acquires new capabilities is concerning. While this attack has so far only been seen in Spain, based on our previous experience, this Trojan could begin to emerge in other countries as well; Android users need to be on alert,” Alexander Eremin, security expert at Kaspersky, said in a statement.

Having infiltrated a phone, most mobile banking Trojans try to gain access to SMS messages. They do so to intercept one-time confirmation codes from banks. Armed with such a code, the malware owners can make a payment or siphon off funds without the victim noticing.

At the same time, many mobile Trojans use text messages to infect more devices by sending the victim’s contacts a bad download link.

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Some malicious apps are more creative, using SMS access to distribute other things in your name, such as offensive text messages.

The Ginp malware can even create incoming texts on the victim’s phone that no one actually sent, Eremin said. (IANS)