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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: BlackEnergy – what we really know about the notorious cyber attacks

Robert Lipovsky (ESET)
Anton Cherepanov (ESET)

In the past two years, BlackEnergy has become one of the top malware families of interest to system administrators with the responsibility of protecting the networks of potential targets, to security researchers who have the family in their sights,…

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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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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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