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Malware is hard. Let's go Shopping! - Richard Wartell Derbycon 2015 (Hacking Illustrated Series InfoSec Tutorial Videos)

Malware is hard. Let's go Shopping!
Richard Wartell
Derbycon 2015

Writing a successful, protected, targeted, malicious binary is a software development task that requires great skill. A well-written piece of targeted malware should evade anti-virus solutions, hide its network communications, protect itself against reverse engineering, and clean up any forensic evidence of its existence on the system. However, writing a mediocre piece of targeted malware that works most of the time is easy. There are many publicly available backdoors, downloaders, and keyloggers that require little to no expertise to use, and poorly trained malware authors try to roll their own all the time. Working in malware analysis and reverse engineering, I see some of the intelligent choices malware authors make, but more often I see the hilariously poor code they write. During this talk I will demonstrate how to reverse engineer real world malware. I will focus on samples with interesting and comical mistakes, as well as samples that are impressive and well written. I'll also detail ways to write better malware and how to avoid making comical mistakes.

Wartortell works as a Reverse Engineer and Malware Analyst for Palo Alto Networks. Previously he worked in writing CTFs, Binary Rewriting and Binary Transparency. He also casts a mean Ice Punch, and this is not even his final form.

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