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VB2017 paper: The (testing) world turned upside down

David Harley (ESET)

We often hear that anti-virus is dead, but if that is really so, where does it leave anti-malware product testing?

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FAME – friendly malware evaluation framework

CERT Société Générale

The FAME framework is intended to facilitate analysis of malicious files, leveraging as much knowledge as possible in order to speed up and automate end-to-end analysis of malware.

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VB2017 paper: Offensive malware analysis: dissecting OSX/FruitFly.B via a custom C&C server

Patrick Wardle (Synack)

FruitFly, the first OS X/macOS malware of 2017, is a rather intriguing specimen. Selectively targeting biomedical research institutions, it is thought to have flown under the radar for many years. In this paper we’ll begin by analysing the malware’s…

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VB2017 paper: Crypton - exposing malware's deepest secrets

Julia Karpin (F5 Networks)
Anna Dorfman (F5 Networks)

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…

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

Juan Andrés Guerrero-Saade (Kaspersky Lab)
Costin Raiu (Kaspersky Lab)

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…

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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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