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Backdoored Ransomware for Educational Purposes

Here is an interesting article I found this week, it’s about how A researcher released two pieces of ‘educational’ ransomware which were secretly backdoored in order to own some advanced and prolific cyber-criminals a small number of scriptkiddies. There two pieces were HiddenTear (a ransomware with deliberately insecure cryptography designed to …

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Exploring Peer to Peer Botnets

Peer to Peer and Everything In between Back in October I’d gotten bored of the endless stream of cryptolockers and PoS trojan, so decided to look at something old school, that something was Kelihos. Since then, I’ve come to realize that P2P botnet monitoring brings together two of my favorite …

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Kelihos Analysis – Part 1

In the recent years I’ve noticed a shift in the malware economy from botnets to ransomware, which is likely due to the AV industry employing more aggressive tactics against botnets resulting in a drop in profitability. As I’ve said before: ransomware is about as interesting to me is watching oil …

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Device Guard – The Beginning of the End for Malware?

Finally I manage to put together a computer capable of running Device Guard and I’ve had a little bit of time to play around with the code signing part. Everyone is probably already familiar with x64 driver signature enforcement (64-bit Windows systems can only load signed drivers); Well, now Microsoft …

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Hidden VNC for Beginners

Hidden VNC is a creative solution to a solution to a problem which stemmed from banking fraud. Back years ago when fraud was uncommon, most banks only had basic IP or Geo-location checks to flag or block accounts if someone logged in from another computer. To combat this, banking trojans …

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Advanced Desktop Application Sandboxing via AppContainer

This post is kind of a follow on from my previous article Usermode Sandboxing, so if you’ve not yet read that you should do so first. AppContainer was a fairly quietly introduced feature in Windows 8, which is a shame as it provides some great features which can be used for desktop …

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Creating the Ultimate Tor Virtual Network

Although the methods in this article can be used for proper anonymity outside of the tor browser, the main focus is creating a secure tor based research environment. As most security researchers know there’s always a big decision with analyzing malware or exploits in a VM, most people would prefer …

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User Mode Hook Scanner (Alpha)

I finally decided to write my first security tool based on an idea I had for advanced hook detection, I couldn’t find any evidence of the method being used so I based a tool around it. It’s still a working progress but I’m posting so I can get some feedback …

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David Cameron Wants Porn Sites to Require Banking Information

It would seem that David Cameron doesn’t have a tech advisory or even knows anyone who uses browser other than Netscape, but that doesn’t seem stop him with his endless stream of proposals and laws to govern our internet. The latest idea in a long list of terrible ideas is …

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Darkode Returns Following International Raids

When I was contacted asking for a comment about the darkode raid, I’d said that the main administrator was not arrested and that’d I’d be surprised if it wasn’t back within a week; well It’s been a little more than a week (I’ll put on my surprised face), but as …

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