October

VB2017 paper: Walking in your enemy’s shadow: when fourth‑party collection becomes attribution hell

Attribution is complicated under the best of circumstances. Sparse attributory indicators and the possibility of overt manipulation have proven enough for many researchers to shy away from the attribution space. And yet, we haven’t even discussed the…

VB2017 paper: Crypton - exposing malware's deepest secrets

As malware researchers, a significant part of our work is dedicated to reverse engineering various cryptographic algorithms in order to extract malware’s encrypted content. Julia Karpin and Anna Dorfman describe an automated approach, based on a…

VB100 Comparative Review October 2017

In this month's VB100 test, we tested 32 products from 27 vendors, with some new names appearing in addition to many of the regular ones, showing that the anti-virus market remains very much alive. Twenty eight of the products achieved the VB100…

 

Latest articles:

The threat and security product landscape in 2017

VB Editor Martijn Grooten looks at the state of the threat and security product landscape in 2017.

VB2017 paper: Nine circles of Cerber

The Cerber ransomware was mentioned for the first time in March 2016 on some Russian underground forums, on which it was offered for rent in an affiliate program. Since then, it has been spread massively via exploit kits, infecting more and more…

VB2017 paper: Modern reconnaissance phase by APT – protection layer

During recent research, Talos researchers observed the ways in which APT actors are evolving and how a reconnaissance phase is included in the infection vector in order to protect valuable zero-day exploits or malware frameworks. Indeed, the…

VB2017 paper: Peering into spam botnets

Despite spam botnets being so important in the lifecycle of malware, recent publications describing massive spam operations (which can be counted on the fingers of one hand) have either skipped over the technical details or else concentrated too much…

VB2016 paper: Anti-malware testing undercover

Anti-malware testing is highly complex, and it becomes more and more challenging as new technologies are adopted by the industry to protect users. Rather than focusing on the technical challenges that testers face nowadays, this VB2016 paper focuses…