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VB2018 paper: Internet balkanization: why are we raising borders online?

Stefan Tanase (Ixia)

Nowadays, walls are not just being raised in the real world, but on the Internet as well. Countries want to isolate themselves and shut down the information they are not comfortable with, or the companies they don’t want to do business with. Freedom…

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VB2018 paper: Where have all the good hires gone?

Lysa Myers (ESET)

Much ink has been spilled on the subject of the information security skills gap, and how difficult it is to hire and retain people for these positions. And yet, we all know someone who has had a hard time finding a suitable position despite having…

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VB2018 paper: Little Brother is watching – we know all your secrets!

Stephan Huber (Fraunhofer SIT)
Steven Arzt (Fraunhofer SIT)
Siegfried Rasthofer (Fraunhofer SIT)

In their research, Siegfried Rasthofer, Stephan Huber & Steven Arzt evaluated the security level of the most popular family-tracking apps on Android. They assessed the security of the respective apps and conducted assessments of the corresponding…

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VB2018 paper: Inside Formbook infostealer

Gabriela Nicolao (Deloitte)

Formbook is an infostealer that has been advertised for sale in public hacking forums since February 2016 by a user with the handle ‘ng-Coder' but only came to public attention after it was extensively used in spam campaigns in late 2017. This paper…

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VB2018 paper: From Hacking Team to hacked team to...?

Filip Kafka (ESET)

In this paper (presented at VB2018), Filip Kafka looks at the resurfaced Hacking Team spyware, and at what has changed since the company behind it faced a number of prominent hacks.

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Throwback Thursday: We're all doomed

Gabor Szappanos (VirusBuster)

When a daily sports paper compares a national soccer crisis with the spread of an Internet worm, you know that the worm has had an enormous impact on everyday life. In March 2004, Gabor Szappanos tracked the rise of W32/Mydoom.

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VB2018 paper: Unpacking the packed unpacker: reversing an Android anti-analysis native library

Maddie Stone (Google)

This paper analyses one of the most interesting anti-analysis native libraries we’ve seen in the Android ecosystem. No previous references to this library have been found.The anti-analysis library is named ‘WeddingCake’ because it has lots of layers.

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VB2018 paper: Draw me like one of your French APTs – expanding our descriptive palette for cyber threat actors

Juan Andrés Guerrero-Saade (Chronicle Security)

When it comes to the descriptive study of digital adversaries, we’ve proven far less than poets. Currently, our understanding is stated in binary terms: ‘is the actor sophisticated or not?’. Juan Andres Guerrero-Saade puts forward his views on how we…

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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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