Monday, September 3, 2012

Published in Hakin9: Basic Malware Cleaning

I've been published in Hakin9, an IT Security magazine. I will be explaining the basics on how you can detect, identify and of course disinfect a machine from malware. Below is a small excerpt:

Malware is common nowadays. Each day, machines get infected with viruses, spyware, Trojans, keyloggers, rogueware, ransomware, rootkits.

The list continues with more advanced malware like Conficker, Duqu, Stuxnet, Flame.
The malware scenario on itself has also drastically changed.
Where in the past, malware was created for showing off your skills
or gaining your 15 minutes of fame (remember LoveLetter?), it is now almost solely used for the purpose of making money.

If you are reading this article, you have already helped someone getting rid of malware infestations, or you at least have an
interest in the basics on how to clean malware from an infected machine.

• Identifying malicious processes, terminating these processes and how to properly prevent them from running
• Identifying malicious startup entries and system modifications
• Identifying related malicious files, meaning droppers and payload
• Identifying the malware source and effectively tackling it

• Basic computer knowledge and common sense
• Use a proper environment for testing purposes

Besides my article (called "Basic Malware Cleaning"), the following articles will also be available in the E-book:
  • Malware discovery and protection
  • Malware analysis with Cuckoo Sandbox
  • Malware Analysis
  • KeyLoggers: Approaches and countermeasures
  • Untold Story about Keylogger

As you can see, it's all about malware and how to analyse, detect and prevent or disinfect it. An interesting read for everyone, but especially for those who are (interested) in the field of Malware Research/Malware Analysis.

You can download the E-book from the following link:

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