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Malware Trends and Techniques

MITRE

Tom Ervin - MITRE

Feb 16, 2011

Abstract

As more companies and government agencies are becoming cyber dependent, the outbreak of malware attacks and its sophistication is growing exponentially. This talk will examine the current trends of malware authors and their techniques used for financial gain. An in-depth discussion will also be provided on specific stealthy measures used by authors to thwart detection -- to include data hiding, anti-debugging, and anti-emulation obfuscation techniques.

About the Speaker

Tom Ervin has been an employee of The MITRE Corporation since 1997. As Principal Engineer, his responsibilities include managing and conducting the analysis and research efforts in the areas of Computer and Cyber Forensics. He specializes in the dissection and reverse engineering of high profile computer viruses and worms – many that have ravaged and compromised corporate and government networks across the country. Tom has led numerous analysis, training, and research efforts in the US and abroad. He currently resides in San Antonio, Texas.

Unless otherwise noted, the security seminar is held on Wednesdays at 4:30P.M. STEW G52, West Lafayette Campus. More information...

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