Friday 6 October 14:00 - 14:30, Green room
Ryan MacFarlane (FBI)
Liam O Murchu (Symantec)
One constant in the threat landscape is change: malware comes and goes, groups appear and disappear, technology and economic models change. One other constant of the threat landscape has been the Bayrob group. For over ten years they operated stealthily, navigating threat landscape and technology changes anonymously. The group had many incarnations over that time, from auction fraud to credit card theft to cryptocurrency mining.
However, through all these changes the FBI had been investigating the group, slowly closing in on their target. Independently, Symantec was also closely monitoring the group's activities throughout the same ten year period.
In this talk two different perspectives on the long-term tracking of a group of cyber career-criminals will be presented. The copious evidence of the group's activities, both from a legal and a technical perspective, shine a light on how the group operated and how the FBI succeeded in disrupting its activities.
Liam O'Murchu leads the North American Security Response group at Symantec. Over the past decade this team of threat analysts has investigated and responded to the most sophisticated cyber attacks to emerge; from professional cybercriminals targeting financial institutions, to government-backed threats targeting critical infrastructure. Investigations often involve working with law enforcement to identify and apprehend malware authors. His analysis of Stuxnet, Duqu, Flame and Gauss has been documented in the book Countdown to Zero Day by Wired's Kim Zetter and in the documentary Zero Days, which was shortlisted for an Academy Award in 2017.
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