Targeted malware attacks: then and now presented at Virus Bulletin 2010

by Presented Gillo (iSight Partners),

Tags: Security


Summary : Targeted attacks often arrive silently and aim to exfiltrate specific information from companies and/or their recipients.
These types of attacks have been the focus of media attention following announcements by major corporations that claim to
be the focus of such attacks. This paper will discuss attacks such as the Better Business Bureau/IRS attacks from 2007 and
2008, recent attacks appearing to originate in China, as well as other unnamed attacks that have been less visible on the
media radar.
The audience will be introduced to the history of targeted malware attacks and understand methods of targeting recipients
and intended uses of the stolen data. The audience will learn about and follow along with analysis of the most common
pieces of malware utilized in these attacks. They will gain a better understanding of the motives behind the groups
conducting the attacks and will be provided with mitigation options for protecting against future attacks.