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The AlienVault Labs team does a lot of malware analysis as a part of their security research. I interviewed a couple members of our Labs team, including Patrick Snyder, Eddie Lee, Peter Ewane and Krishna Kona, to learn more about how they do it.Here are some of the approaches and tools and techniques they use for reverse engineering malware,… Read more

Tags: malware, reverse engineering, malware research

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PowerWare was brought to my attention by Carbon Black via their blog post. PowerWare is downloaded by a malicious macro-enabled Microsoft Word document that is distributed via a phishing email campaign. The malicious document in question attempts to convince the user to enable macros by informing them that the file is protected by Microsoft Office. This, of course, is a… Read more

Tags: ransomware, powerware, poshcoder

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By Eddie Lee and Krishna KonaA couple of months ago, as we rang in 2016, we thought it would be interesting to take a quick look back at some OSX malware from 2015 and 2014. As reported by the team at Bit9+Carbon Black [1], 2015 marked “the most prolific year in history for OS X malware”. We collected a few samples… Read more

Tags: malware, osx

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Today, a coordinated coalition involving AlienVault and several other security companies led by Novetta is announcing Operation BlockBuster. This industry initiative was created to share information and potentially disrupt the infrastructure and tools from an actor named the Lazarus Group. The Lazarus Group has been responsible for several operations since at least 2009, including the attack that affected Sony Pictures Entertainment… Read more


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In May 2015, researchers at Qihoo 360 published a report on OceanLotus that included details about malware targeting Chinese infrastructure. In that report, there is a description about a piece of malware that targets OS X systems. A sample of that malware was uploaded to VirusTotal a few months ago. Curiously, as of February 8th, 2016, none of the 55 anti-virus solutions used by… Read more

Tags: malware, os x, oceanlotus

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