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VB2018 paper: Uncovering the wholesale industry of social media fraud: from botnets to bulk reseller panels

Masarah Paquet-Clouston (GoSecure)
Olivier Bilodeau (GoSecure)

In this paper GoSecure researchers Masarah Paquet-Clouston and Olivier Bilodeau explore an undocumented segment of the social media fraud (SMF) industry: wholesaling, from botnet supply operations to bulk reselling.

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VB2018 paper: Now you see it, now you don't: wipers in the wild

Saher Naumaan (BAE Systems Applied Intelligence)

There has recently been a trend of APT campaigns including a 'wiper' functionality to destroy data, either as a means to remove evidence or as its core purpose. This paper examines three different classifications of wipers through examples of various…

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VB2018 paper: Who wasn’t responsible for Olympic Destroyer

Warren Mercer (Cisco Talos)
Paul Rascagnères (Cisco Talos)

Paul Rascagnères & Warren Mercer present the malware that they have identified – with moderate confidence – as having been used in the attack against the 2018 Winter Olympic Games. They describe the malware’s propagation techniques and its…

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VB2018 paper: From drive-by download to drive-by mining: understanding the new paradigm

Jérôme Segura (Malwarebytes)

Jérôme Segura discusses the rise of drive-by cryptocurrency mining, explaining how it works and putting it in the broader context of changes in the cybercrime landscape.

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The dark side of WebAssembly

Aishwarya Lonkar (Symantec)
Siddhesh Chandrayan (Symantec)

The WebAssembly (Wasm) format rose to prominence recently when it was used for cryptocurrency mining in browsers. This opened a Pandora’s box of potential malicious uses of Wasm. In this paper Aishwarya Lonkar & Siddhesh Chandrayan walk through some…

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Through the looking glass: webcam interception and protection in kernel mode

The computer’s webcam is one of the most relevant components when it comes to digital privacy. In this paper, Reason Software's Ronen Slavin dives into the video capturing internals of Windows and discusses the implementation of a driver that…

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VB2017 paper: Browser attack points still abused by banking trojans

Peter Kálnai (ESET)
Michal Poslušný (ESET)

With the ever-increasing use of banking-related services on the web, browsers have naturally drawn the attention of malware authors. They are interested in adjusting the behaviour of the browsers for their purposes, namely intercepting the content of…

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Does malware based on Spectre exist?

It is likely that, by now, everyone in computer science has at least heard of the Spectre attack. Since many excellent explanations of the attack already exist, this article focuses on the probability of finding Spectre being exploited on Android…

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EternalBlue: a prominent threat actor of 2017–2018

Pradeep Kulkarni (Quick Heal Security Labs)
Sameer Patil (Quick Heal Security Labs)
Prashant Kadam (Quick Heal Security Labs)
Aniruddha Dolas (Quick Heal Security Labs)

At the centre of last year's infamous WannaCry ransomware attack was an NSA exploit leaked by the Shadow Brokers hacker group, known as ‘EternalBlue’. The worm-like functionality of the exploit made a deadly impact by propagating to interconnected…

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VB99 paper: Giving the EICAR test file some teeth

Randy Abrams (Microsoft)

There are situations that warrant the use of live viruses. There are also situations where the use of live viruses is unwarranted. Specifically, live viruses should not be used when safer and equally effective methods can be used to obtain the…

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