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Throwback Thursday: CARO: a personal view

Fridrik Skulason

As a founding member of CARO (Computer Antivirus Research Organization), Fridrik Skulason was well placed, in August 1994, to shed some light on what might have seemed something of an elitist organisation, and to explain CARO's activities and…

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VB2016 paper: Uncovering the secrets of malvertising

Jérôme Segura (Malwarebytes)
Chris Boyd (Malwarebytes)

Malicious advertising, a.k.a. malvertising, has evolved tremendously over the past few years to take a central place in some of today’s largest web-based attacks. It is by far the tool of choice for attackers to reach the masses but also to target…

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VB2016 paper: Building a local passive DNS capability for malware incident response

Kathy Wang (Splunk)
Steve Brant (Splunk)

Many security operations teams struggle with obtaining useful passive DNS data post security breach, and existing well-known external passive DNS collections lack complete visibility to aid analysts in conducting incident response and malware…

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Throwback Thursday: Tools of the DDoS Trade

Aleksander Czarnowski (AVET Information and Network Security)

In September 2000, Aleksander Czarnowski took a look at the DDoS tools of the day.

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VB2016 paper: Debugging and monitoring malware network activities with Haka

Benoit Ancel (Stormshield)
Mehdi Talbi (Stormshield)

Malware analysts have an arsenal of tools with which to reverse engineer malware but lack the means to monitor, debug and control malicious network traffic. This VB2016 paper proposes the use of Haka, an open source security-oriented language, to…

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VB2016 paper: One-click fileless infection

Himanshu Anand (Symantec)
Chastine Menrige (Symantec)

There has recently been growing interest in a technique known as fileless infection, where malware authors compromise computers without writing any files to disk. This technique allows the threat to evade detection by file-scanning software while…

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Throwback Thursday: Michelangelo - Graffiti Not Art

In early 1992, a boot sector virus captured the imagination of the press and kicked up a media storm. Following a number of reports of the virus spreading in the UK, VB decided to publish an analysis. Fridrik Skulason brought us all the details of…

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Throwback Thursday: Once a Researcher...

Virus Bulletin

The author of Flushot, one of the world's first anti-virus programs, Ross Greenberg had already distanced himself from the main AV industry by 1995 - finding himself put off by the antics of certain vendors, whom he considered less than ethical in…

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VB2016 paper: APT reports and OPSEC evolution, or: these are not the APT reports you are looking for

Gadi Evron (Cymmetria)
Inbar Raz (Perimeter X)

While APT reports should have threat actors scrambling to keep up, in reality they are providing APT actors with the information they need to implement new operational security practices and technologies that have defenders working as hard as ever to…

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Throwback Thursday: A Troubled World

Edward Wilding (Virus Bulletin)

In early 1991, the world was a troubled place and conflict and violence were being reported globally on a daily basis. With this as a backdrop, the world of "indiscriminate" computer viruses which "victimise in a random and unpredictable manner"…

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