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February 2014 Vol. 16 / No. 1

The changing face of advanced malware detection

In the escalating arms race against advanced malware, many organizations require defenses to protect enterprise networks in real time that go beyond desktop endpoint virus scanners and network-based intrusion prevention products. Unfortunately for security organizations, advanced malware is getting harder to detect, thanks to the proliferation (more than 100) of automated online tools called "crypters" and "packers." Add to these exploits a range of new techniques that use social networks to establish trust, more use of in-memory attacks and ransomware. All of this means it is an increasingly nasty online world. Crypters and packers make it easier for criminals to create (within seconds) custom code destined for a particular desktop. The effect of this "individualized" approach is that signature scanners are ineffective, making zero-day attacks, such as the November Windows XP privilege escalation attack, increasingly difficult to stop. Ransomware is also becoming more popular, according to IT security firm Sophos. Note the ...

Features in this issue

  • Beyond the Page: Cyberthreats

    by  Johannes B. Ullrich

    This February 2014 Information Security magazine supplement takes a deeper look into cyberthreats and examines advanced threat techniques including watering hole attacks and sophisticated spear phishing.

  • Cyberthreats: Know thy enemy in 2014

    by  Johannes B. Ullrich

    There's no place to hide as new cyberthreats and tried-and-true hacking techniques test security teams.

  • The changing face of advanced malware detection

    by  David Strom

    It's a new year of advanced threats, malicious code and holes to plug, but security teams are fighting back with help from global services.

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