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Warming up for the Autumn Conferences

‘Tis the season to get ready for the autumn round of security conferences.

TDL4: new bootkits stepping out

My colleague Aleks Matrosov has come across an interesting if uncomfortable post on a Russian language forum, advertising a "Boot loader for drivers" currently under test that doesn't require a Digital Signature driver, which sounds very much like our old friend TDL4. This metamorphic malware (each build generates a fresh binary) loads before the start of PatchGuard. It's

TDSS: The Next Generation

Win32/Olmarik (also known as TDSS, TDL, Alureon and sundry less complimentary names) has gone through some interesting evolutions in the last couple of years. TDL4 is no exception, with its ability to load its kernel-mode driver on systems with an enforced kernel-mode code signing policy (64-bit versions of Microsoft Windows Vista and 7) and perform

Another VB Cybercrime Seminar

One that will be of most interest to our readers in the UK, I guess. Our friends at Virus Bulletin are holding another "Securing Your Organization in the Age of Cybercrime" seminar, this time on the Open University Campus at Milton Keynes on the 24th May. The full agenda is already available on that page, and

Thanks for your support scam

…In fact, while the season for the traditional end of year crystal ball-gazing is pretty much over, I’ll venture a few extra predictions based on recent observations of the support scam business…

Stuxnet Analysis 1.31 and TDSS article

…version 1.31 of “Stuxnet Under the Microscope” is now available on the white papers page … Until now Rooting about in TDSS was only available to VB subscribers, but it too is now available on the ESET white papers page.

First, Catch Your Botnet

The paper presents an alternative approach to botnet research, employing “in the lab” experiments involving at-scale emulated botnets.

Crouching Worm, Hidden Virus Writer, Rising Damp

…poachers turned gamekeeper are not uncommon in the security industry as a whole, and it’s all too common for aspirant virus-writers whose notoriety is not necessarily matched by their technical skill to be hired by companies on the remote borders of malware detection and filtering, but the “real” AV industry goes out of its way to avoid hiring the ethically challenged….

Virus Bulletin Seminar

Our friends at Virus Bulletin are hosting a seminar later this month … organized by the security-knowledgeable but vendor-agnostic magazine whose annual conference is one of the major highlights of an anti-malware researcher’s year.

Stuxnet the Inscrutable

This is an item you may not have seen amid all the speculation about Stuxnet, Iran and Israel.

A Little Light Reading

1) Another Virus Bulletin conference paper has just gone up on the ESET white papers page, by kind permission of the magazine. Large-Scale Malware Experiments: Why, How, And So What? by Joan Calvet, Jose M. Fernandez, our own Pierre-Marc Bureau, and Jean-Yves Marion, discusses how they replicated a botnet for experimental purposes, and what use they

Virus Bulletin 2010 papers

By kind permission of Virus Bulletin, we’ve already put two of the papers written or co-authored by ESET researchers up on the White Papers page.

Cyberwar, Cyberhysteria

I guess I wasn’t forceful, or controversial, or sensationalist, or ungeek enough to rate any column inches. So I’m going to give you a sneak preview … in the light of all the speculation today on whether Stuxnet is an attack by Israel on Iran.

New Papers and Articles

Here are a few papers and articles that have become available in the last week or two.

False Positives and Apportioning Blame

All this is potentially frightening and inconvenient (or worse) for a home user. And if it happens in a corporate environment, it can be very, very expensive to remedy. So while some of the public comments we see in the wake of such incidents may seem over the top, “FP rage” is certainly understandable.

New Documents

Just a quick note to draw your attention to a couple of new documents that have just become available. "AMTSOlutely fabulous" (sorry – it seemed like a good idea when I wrote it…) is a review of what the Anti-Malware Testing Standards Organization has achieved so far and what it might achieve in the future. It's

AMTSOlute Elsewhere

We're now getting into preparations for the next meeting of AMTSO (Anti-Malware Testing Standards Organization), on 25th-26th February in Santa Clara. In the meantime, I wrote an article for Virus Bulletin called "AMTSOlutely Fabulous" about "the story so far". It's just appeared in the January edition of the magazine. Of course, it's only available to subscribers

A Trojan Anniversary

I don't suppose anyone remembers my mentioning this before, or cares much anyway, but the 19th of December marks what I consider to be the 20th official anniversary of my entry into the anti-virus/security field. Nowadays, viruses (and, in general, worms) have declined in importance and now constitute a fairly small proportion of the totality

December’s Virus Bulletin

 I notice that our own Jeff Debrosse, having joined the ranks of ESET presenters at Virus Bulletin conferences this year with our paper on "Behaviour Analysis for the Next Decade"  (http://www.eset.com/threat-center/blog/2009/12/02/malice-through-the-looking-glass-conference-paper), has also swelled the ranks of ESET contributors to the magazine this month, with an opinion piece on “Cybersecurity awareness for the next generation.”.

Is There A Lawyer In The Lab?

Now that the end-of-year security conference season is winding down, we're able to start making available some of the presentations and papers that we've been building up in the past few months, but haven't been able to make publicly available ahead of the events for which they were written. We've already made available a slide

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