Jean-Ian Boutin

Jean-Ian Boutin

Director of Threat Research

Education? B. Eng. Electical Engineering / M. Eng. Computer Engineering

Highlights of your career? My career highlight at ESET was able to present research I conducted at conferences such as Virus Bulletin and ZeroNights.

Position and history at ESET? I joined ESET in 2011. I am a malware researcher in the Security Intelligence program.

What malware do you hate the most? Win32/SpyEye. It was the first investigation I did when I joined ESET and, while it was a good learning experience, I still resent it ;)

Favorite activities? I love playing with my kids, cycling, jogging and playing the piano.

What is your golden rule for cyberspace? Be paranoid enough.

When did you get your first computer and what kind was it? My dad got me my first computer – a Commodore-64 – in 1988.

Favorite computer game/activity? My favorite computer game is the EA NHL series.

Articles by author

Nymaim: Browsing for trouble

We have already discussed how a system gets infected with Win32/Nymaim ransomware. In this blog post, we reveal a new infection vector, a study of the different international locker designs and ransom prices as well as a complete technical analysis of its communication protocol.

Operation Hangover: more links to the Oslo Freedom Forum incident

In our previous post on Operation Hangover, we revealed the existence of an attack group, apparently operating from within India, who were mainly targeting systems in Pakistan. In this post, we will analyze the Mac OS X samples that have been linked to this group and will provide new evidence that the Mac and Windows spywares are related.

Win32/Gataka – or should we say Zutick?

Win32/Gataka is an information-stealing Trojan that has been previously discussed on this blog here and here. Recently, we came across a post from its author on an underground forum trying to sell his creation. The post contained a help file detailing the inner working of this threat. This blog post will highlight some of the

Win32/Gataka banking Trojan – Detailed analysis

Win32/Gataka is an information-stealing banking Trojan that can read all of your web traffic and alter the balance displayed on your online banking page to hide fraudulent transfers. It exhibits a modular architecture similar to that of SpyEye, where plugins are required to achieve most of the malware functionality. In our previous blog post, we

Win32/Gataka: a banking Trojan ready to take off?

We have been following the development of the Win32/Gataka banking Trojan for several months and can now share some details of its operation which includes facilitating fraudulent bank transfers. This first post will highlight some of its key features, while the second will detail several interesting, more technical aspects of this malware. This banking Trojan