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VB2016 paper: Wave your false flags! Deception tactics muddying attribution in targeted attacks

Juan Andrés Guerrero-Saade (Kaspersky Lab)
Brian Bartholomew (Kaspersky Lab)

This VB2016 paper takes a comprehensive look at the current state of attribution in targeted attack research and at deliberate attempts by the adversary to obstruct this process. The paper includes common bases for attribution, practical and…

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VB2016 paper: Mind this gap: criminal hacking and the global cybersecurity skills shortage, a critical analysis

Stephen Cobb (ESET)

This VB2016 paper addresses a number of increasingly urgent questions about the defence of information systems against criminal hackers, the first of which is: can the world produce enough appropriately skilled human defenders of digital systems to…

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Throwback Thursday: The Politics of Anti-Virus

David Ensign (ACS Government Solutions Group)

In 1999, David Ensign described a typical day in the life of the Affiliated Computer Services Government Solutions Group, the group responsible for providing full service computer support to US Federal government agencies across the United States.

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VB2016 paper: Modern attacks against Russian financial institutions

Anton Cherepanov (ESET)
Jean-Ian Boutin (ESET)

Over the past few years we have seen the rise of organized, specialized cybercriminal groups directly targeting financial institutions instead of their customers. This trend has been seen in several countries, but banks in Russia seem to be targeted…

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VB2016 paper: Mobile applications: a backdoor into the Internet of Things?

Axelle Apvrille (Fortinet)

While the Internet of Things blossoms with newly connected objects every day, the security and privacy of these objects is often of a lesser priority due to market pressure. To assess their effective security status – and improve it – researchers…

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The TAO of Automated Iframe Injectors – Building Drive‑by Platforms For Fun and Profit

Aditya K. Sood (Blue Coat Systems (Elastica))
Rohit Bansal (SecNiche Security Labs)

Aditya Sood and Rohit Bansal present the design of distributed infection models used by attackers to inject malicious iframes on the fly in order to conduct large-scale drive-by download attacks.

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Throwback Thursday: Following the Breadcrumbs

Christine Orshesky (i-secure corporation)

Christine Orshesky describes how one large organization (with over 40,000 systems in its decentralized computing environment and a diverse population of over 20,000 employees spread over various departments and networks) decided to find out how and…

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Behavioural Detection and Prevention of Malware on OS X

Vincent Van Mieghem (Delft University of Technology)

Malware on Apple’s OS X systems is proving to be an increasing security threat, and one that is currently countered solely with traditional anti-virus (AV) technologies. Traditional AV technologies impose a significant performance overhead on the…

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Throwback Thursday: Olympic Games

Mikko Hyppönen (Data Fellows)

In 1994, along with the Olympic Games came an Olympic virus, from a group of Swedish virus authors calling themselves ‘Immortal Riot’. Mikko Hyppönen had the details.

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Throwback Thursday: Holding the Bady

Costin Raiu (Kaspersky Lab)

In 2001, ‘Code Red’ caused White House administrators to change the IP address of the official White House website, and even penetrated the mighty Microsoft’s own IIS servers. In August 2001, Costin Raiu analysed the Win32/Bady.worm,

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