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Throwback Thursday: A Troubled World

Edward Wilding (Virus Bulletin)

In early 1991, the world was a troubled place and conflict and violence were being reported globally on a daily basis. With this as a backdrop, the world of "indiscriminate" computer viruses which "victimise in a random and unpredictable manner"…

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The journey and evolution of God Mode in 2016: CVE-2016-0189

Ankit Anubhav (FireEye)
Manish Sardiwal (FireEye)

Exploits for the CVE‑2016‑0189 vulnerability offer both reliability and complexity, so it is little wonder that it was the most commonly exploited vulnerability in 2016. Ankit Anubhav traces the journey and evolution of the 'God Mode' exploitation…

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VB2016 paper: Great crypto failures

Yaniv Balmas (Check Point Software Technologies)
Ben Herzog (Check Point Software Technologies)

This VB2016 paper surveys selected recent case studies of unfortunate cryptographic implementations in malware. When considered together, these examples illustrate a picture of design anti-patterns that is either worrying or encouraging, depending on…

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Throwback Thursday: The malware battle: reflections and forecasts

Jaime Lyndon 'Jamz' A. Yaneza (Trend Micro)

At the start of 2004, Jamz Yaneza reflected on the year just ended and pondered what 2004 would have in store for the AV industry.

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VB2016 paper: Open source malware lab

Robert Simmons (ThreatConnect)

The landscape of open source malware analysis tools improves every day. A malware analysis lab can be thought of as a set of entry points into a tool chain. The main entry points are a file, a URL, a network traffic capture, and a memory image. This…

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VB2015 paper: Labeless - No More

Alexander Chailytko (Check Point Software Technologies)
Aliaksandr Trafimchuk (Check Point Software Technologies)

Consider the following situation: at the beginning of our research we have an empty IDA database and binary code without labels and comments in Olly. After some dynamic analysis we will name a few functions. If, for some reason, an analysis is…

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Spreading techniques used by malware

Abhishek Singh (Acalvio)

The impact of a malware infection can be increased by applying ‘lateral movement’: spreading the infection from the original infected device to other devices within the same network. This paper shares the technical details of some of the most common…

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Throwback Thursday: Adjust Your Attitude!

James Wolfe (Lockheed Martin Corporation)

"Most of you reading this article have the technical skill but do you have the people skills?" In 2000, James Wolfe urged security experts to sell themselves and their services.

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VB2016 paper: Defeating sandbox evasion: how to increase the successful emulation rate in your virtual environment

Aliaksandr Chailytko (Check Point)
Stanislav Skuratovich (Check Point Software Technologies)

This VB2016 paper focuses on the techniques used by malware to detect virtual environments, and provides detailed technical descriptions of what can be done to defeat them.

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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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