Hot FinSpy research completes VB2017 programme

Posted by   Martijn Grooten on   Sep 21, 2017

The infamous FinSpy (or FinFisher) government spyware has managed to keep a low profile in recent years, though its use of two Microsoft zero-days (CVE-2017-0199 and CVE-2017-8759) this year shows that it is still active.

Today, researchers from ESET have published new research which points to the spyware using a different infection method: that of trojanized versions of legitimate software such WhatsApp, Skype or WinRAR. While this is not a new way of infecting users, what makes it rather unique is that there is evidence suggesting the malicious apps are served via a man-in-the-middle attack at the ISP level, indicating further sophistication in the delivery of the spyware.

The research will be presented by ESET's Filip Kafka at VB2017 in Madrid, in two weeks' time. In his last-minute presentation, Filip will provide some background on FinSpy, look at the newly found samples, and at the way the malware spreads. With the addition of Filip's paper – which we are very excited about – the VB2017 programme is now complete.

FinSpy is not a new topic for VB conference regulars. At VB2013 in Berlin, Kaspersky Lab researchers Sergey Golovanov and Denis Maslennikov presented a paper on this kind of business-to-government malware (which included the former performing a song 'dedicated' to the authors of such malware). It remains a very hot topic though, and if it interests you, we encourage you to register for VB2017, as the talks by Joseph Cox (on consumer spyware) and Claudio Guarnieri (on attacks against human rights activists) touch on the same subject.

Registration for VB2017 remains open, but places are filling up fast – book now to avoid disappointment!

VB2017-325w.jpg

 

twitter.png
fb.png
linkedin.png
hackernews.png
reddit.png

 

Latest posts:

VB2018 paper: Fake News, Inc.

A former reporter by profession, Andrew Brandt's curiosity was piqued when he came across what appeared at first glance to be the website of a small-town newspaper based in Illinois, but under scrutiny, things didn’t add up. At VB2018 he presented a…

Paper: Alternative communication channel over NTP

In a new paper published today, independent researcher Nikolaos Tsapakis writes about the possibilities of malware using NTP as a covert communication channel and how to stop this.

VB2019 conference programme announced

VB is excited to reveal the details of an interesting and diverse programme for VB2019, the 29th Virus Bulletin International Conference, which takes place 2-4 October in London, UK.

VB2018 paper: Under the hood - the automotive challenge

Car hacking has become a hot subject in recent years, and at VB2018 in Montreal, Argus Cyber Security's Inbar Raz presented a paper that provides an introduction to the subject, looking at the complex problem, examples of car hacks, and the…

VB2018 paper and video: Android app deobfuscation using static-dynamic cooperation

Static analysis and dynamic analysis each have their shortcomings as methods for analysing potentially malicious files. Today, we publish a VB2018 paper by Check Point researchers Yoni Moses and Yaniv Mordekhay, in which they describe a method that…

We have placed cookies on your device in order to improve the functionality of this site, as outlined in our cookies policy. However, you may delete and block all cookies from this site and your use of the site will be unaffected. By continuing to browse this site, you are agreeing to Virus Bulletin's use of data as outlined in our privacy policy.