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The Journey of Evasion Enters Behavioural Phase

Ankit Anubhav (FireEye)

No malware author wants their piece of code to be easy to detect. Over time, several different approaches have been put into action to detect malware, and in response, malware authors have put into action different methods of evading them. This paper…

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Throwback Thursday: You Are the Weakest Link, Goodbye! - Passwords, Malware and You

Martin Overton (Independent Researcher)

Have you heard the one about the computer user who used their pet’s name as their password? Just like jokes, it seems the old ones and the obvious ones are considered the best when it comes to users selecting their passwords. Martin Overton looks at…

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New Keylogger on the Block

Gabor Szappanos (Sophos)

This paper provides an overview of the KeyBase trojan, both the keylogger itself and the server-side management component. Additionally, we will look at an example of when this trojan was used.

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VB2015 paper: DDoS Trojan: A Malicious Concept that Conquered the ELF Format

In their VB2015 paper, Peter Kálnai and Jaromír Hořejší look at the current state of DDoS trojans forming covert botnets on unsuspecting systems. The paper provides a technical analysis of the most important malware families, with a specific focus on…

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VB2015 paper: The Kobayashi Maru dilemma

Morton Swimmer (Trend Micro)
Nick FitzGerald (Independent researcher)
Andrew Lee (ESET)

How do you win a game when the rules don’t let you? You change the rules! In the computer security field, one possible game-changer is aggressively fighting back. Star Trek’s fictional James T. Kirk changed the Kobayashi Maru simulation from a no-win…

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VB2015 paper: Attack on the Drones

Oleg Petrovsky (HP)

This paper analyses various popular multi-rotor unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) configurations and controllers for susceptibility to known and proof-of-concept security attacks. The study includes analysis of existing malicious attack claims and their…

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VB2015 paper: Speaking Dyreza Protocol. Advantages of 'Learning' a New Language

Alexandru Maximciuc (Bitdefender)
Cristina Vatamanu (Bitdefender)

Most malware families are capable of evading detection and ensuring long persistence on infected machines through their update mechanisms. However, if one is able to reverse engineer such a sample and simulate C&C communication, invaluable…

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Throwback Thursday: Finnish Sprayer: Electronic Graffiti

Finnish Sprayer was first found in Finland in December 1993, and quickly spread throughout the country. It was not long before it was found in Sweden, Russia and Estonia, and it may well have spread even further. Mikko Hyppönen analyses this typical…

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Throwback Thursday: Hypponen, that Data Fellow

A career in IT was almost inevitable for Mikko Hyppönen’ - even before his birth, his mother was working at the Finland State Computing Centre. She brought her two sons up in the world of IT, ensuring a computer was always among their toys. In 1994,…

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VB2015 paper: Economic Sanctions on Malware

Financial pressure can be a proactive and potentially very effective tool in making our computer ecosystems safer. By cleverly employing various trust metrics and technologies such as digital signing, watermarking, and public-key infrastructure in…

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