Aleksandr Matrosov

Aleksandr Matrosov

Security Intelligence Team Lead

Education: Master of Information Security (2007) at National Nuclear Research University "MEPHI"
Bachelor of Electronics (2001) at Moscow College of Management and New Technologies

Highlights of your career? I have more than ten years of experience with malware analysis, reverse engineering and advanced exploitation techniques. Worked as a security researcher since 2003 for major Russian IT companies. Frequently invited to speak at major security conferences with hardcore technical stuff.

Position and history at ESET? I joined the company in October 2009 as a Senior Malware Researcher and am currently working as Security Intelligence Team Lead. My team researches the most complex threats.

What malware do you hate the most? Stuxnet and Flame families for tons of C++ code.

Favorite activities? Reverse engineering, automation of RE processes and research in modern exploitation techniques.

What is your golden rule for cyberspace? Don't trust anybody, because you don’t know who is really sitting on other side of the communication channel and bad guys can play with your trust.

When did you get your first computer and what kind was it? My first experience with personal computers was with a ZX Spectrum in 1992. My first PC with i486DX4 on the board was purchased in 1995.

Favorite computer game/activity? I like cyberpunk computer game series as System Shock and Deus Ex. But lately my favorite computer game has been IDA Pro disassembler ;)

Articles by author

The rise of TOR‑based botnets

TOR-based botnets are not a new trend and were already being discussed a few years ago at Defcon 18 (“Resilient Botnet Command and Control with Tor”). But in the last year we’ve been able to confirm some interesting facts concerning the use of these ideas in real-world botnets. This topic was already discussed around the beginning