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VB2018 paper: Office bugs on the rise

Gabor Szappanos (Sophos)

It has never been easier to attack Office vulnerabilities than it is nowadays. In this paper Gabor Szappanos looks more deeply into the dramatic changes that have happened in the past 12 months in the Office exploit scene.

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VB2018 paper: Tracking Mirai variants

Ya Liu (Qihoo 360)
Hui Wang (Qihoo 360)

Mirai, the infamous DDoS botnet family known for its great destructive power, was made open source soon after being found by MalwareMustDie in August 2016, which led to a proliferation of Mirai variant botnets. This paper presents a set of Mirai…

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VB2018 paper: Hide’n’Seek: an adaptive peer-to-peer IoT botnet

Adrian Şendroiu (Bitdefender)
Vladimir Diaconescu (Bitdefender)

This paper presents a thorough analysis of the inner workings of Hide’n’Seek, a peer-to-peer IoT botnet discovered in January 2018. With an exploit table that can be updated in memory and modular in its approach, Hide’n’Seek gives us a glimpse of…

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Botception: botnet distributes script with bot capabilities

Jan Sirmer (Avast Software)
Adolf Streda (Avast Software)

Researchers Jan Sirmer and Adolf Streda describe the branch of the Necurs botnet that they have been monitoring, the changes it has undergone in the course of a year, and present an analysis of the next stage of the attack: Flawed Ammy.

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VB2018 paper: Since the hacking of Sony Pictures

Minseok (Jacky) Cha (AhnLab)

Minseok (Jacky) Cha describes various attacks in Korea which occurred after the Sony Pictures hacking incident and which are suspected to be the work of the same group, the Lazarus Group.

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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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