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VB2014 paper: Protecting financial institutions from man-in-the-browser attacks

Xinran Wang (Shape Security)
Yao Zhao (Shape Security)

It is reported that more than 1,400 financial institutions have been targeted by attackers using banking trojans, and the top 15 targeted financial institutions were attacked by more than 50 per cent of the trojans in 2013. One major tactic of…

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VB2014 paper: Tech Support Scams 2.0: An inside look into the evolution of the classic Microsoft tech support scam

Jérôme Segura (Malwarebytes)

Tech support scams have been around for a long time, and despite all the attention they have received, they are only getting worse. Scammers are diversifying - no longer just using the Microsoft cold-calling technique but now also using deceptive ads…

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VB2014 paper: Evolution of Android exploits from a static analysis tools perspective

Anna Szalay (Sophos)
Jagadeesh Chandraiah (Sophos)

With Android being the fastest-growing mobile OS, and with a rapidly increasing number of Android malware samples in existence, it is important to acknowledge the risk of exploitation of security vulnerabilities by malware. In their VB2014 paper,…

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VB2014 paper: Android packers: facing the challenges, building solutions

Rowland Yu (Sophos)

A growing percentage of Android malware, including Zeus, SMSSend, and re-packaged applications, are packed using legitimate packers originally developed to protect the intellectual property of Android applications, with other malware having been…

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VB2014 paper: It has a EULA, it must be legit

Stefan Catalin Hanu (Bitdefender)
Stefan Mosoi (Bitdefender)
Marius Lucaci (Bitdefender)

Analysing greyware applications and taking a definitive decision on whether or not to block them is more than often a tedious job, combining research and both dynamic and static analysis. In their VB2014 paper, Stefan Catalin Hanu, Stefan Mosoi and…

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VB2015 paper: WaveAtlas: Surfing Through the Landscape of Current Malware Packers

Fanny Lalonde Lévesque (École Polytechnique de Montréal)
Erwann Traourouder (École Polytechnique de Montréal)
François Menet (École Polytechnique de Montréal)
Jean-Yves Marion (Université de Lorraine)

Obfuscation techniques have become increasingly prevalent in malware programs as tools to thwart reverse engineering efforts and evade signature-based detection by security products. Among the most popular methods is the use of packers, which are…

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VB2015 paper: The Unbearable Lightness of APTing

Yaniv Balmas (Check Point Software Technologies)
Shahar Tal (Check Point Software Technologies)
Ron Davidson (Check Point Software Technologies)

APT campaigns are typically described with awe surrounding the technical achievements enabled by the level of resources and capacity conceivably available only to nation-state governments and intelligence agencies, often dubbed APT groups. These…

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VB2015 paper: Android Ransomware: Turning CryptoLocker into Crypto Unlocker

Alexander Adamov (NioGuard Security Lab)

These days, we see an increasing number of new pieces of ransomware for Android devices. They adopt new social engineering, communication and encryption techniques such as the use of Tor and advanced encryption algorithms (RSA-1024 and even elliptic…

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Throwback Thursday: A View from the Lab (October 1997)

In mid-1997, new viruses and variants were appearing at over 250 per month, and according to Peter Morley, "Any organization which cannot process 300 viruses per month in times of stress, has no chance of keeping in the game." He split anti-virus…

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Optimizing ssDeep for use at scale

Being able to find files that are similar to a particular file is quite useful, although it can be difficult to handle at scale. It can often require an infeasible number of comparisons, which need to take place outside of a database. In an attempt…

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