Cybercrime: The case of obfuscated malware

Mamoun Alazab, Sitalakshmi Venkatraman, Paul Watters, Moutaz Alazab, Ammar Alazab

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Abstract

Cybercrime has rapidly developed in recent years and malware is one of the major security threats in computer which have been in existence from the very early days. There is a lack of understanding of such malware threats and what mechanisms can be used in implementing security prevention as well as to detect the threat. The main contribution of this paper is a step towards addressing this by investigating the different techniques adopted by obfuscated malware as they are growingly widespread and increasingly sophisticated with zero-day exploits. In particular, by adopting certain effective detection methods our investigations show how cybercriminals make use of file system vulnerabilities to inject hidden malware into the system. The paper also describes the recent trends of Zeus botnets and the importance of anomaly detection to be employed in addressing the new Zeus generation of malware.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationGlobal Security, Safety and Sustainability & e-Democracy. e-Democracy 2011, ICGS3 2011
PublisherSpringer Berlin
Pages204-211
Number of pages8
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-642-33448-1
ISBN (Print)978-3-642-33447-4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 7 Nov 2012
Externally publishedYes
EventJoint 7th International Conference on Global Security, Safety and Sustainability, ICGS3 2011, and the 4th Conference on e-Democracy - Thessaloniki, Greece
Duration: 24 Aug 201126 Aug 2011

Publication series

NameLecture Notes of the Institute for Computer Sciences, Social-Informatics and Telecommunications Engineering
PublisherSpringer
Volume99
ISSN (Print)1867-8211

Conference

ConferenceJoint 7th International Conference on Global Security, Safety and Sustainability, ICGS3 2011, and the 4th Conference on e-Democracy
CountryGreece
CityThessaloniki
Period24/08/1126/08/11

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    Alazab, M., Venkatraman, S., Watters, P., Alazab, M., & Alazab, A. (2012). Cybercrime: The case of obfuscated malware. In Global Security, Safety and Sustainability & e-Democracy. e-Democracy 2011, ICGS3 2011 (pp. 204-211). (Lecture Notes of the Institute for Computer Sciences, Social-Informatics and Telecommunications Engineering; Vol. 99). Springer Berlin. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-642-33448-1_28