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Malware Analysis Techniques

By : Dylan Barker
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Malware Analysis Techniques

By: Dylan Barker

Overview of this book

Malicious software poses a threat to every enterprise globally. Its growth is costing businesses millions of dollars due to currency theft as a result of ransomware and lost productivity. With this book, you'll learn how to quickly triage, identify, attribute, and remediate threats using proven analysis techniques. Malware Analysis Techniques begins with an overview of the nature of malware, the current threat landscape, and its impact on businesses. Once you've covered the basics of malware, you'll move on to discover more about the technical nature of malicious software, including static characteristics and dynamic attack methods within the MITRE ATT&CK framework. You'll also find out how to perform practical malware analysis by applying all that you've learned to attribute the malware to a specific threat and weaponize the adversary's indicators of compromise (IOCs) and methodology against them to prevent them from attacking. Finally, you'll get to grips with common tooling utilized by professional malware analysts and understand the basics of reverse engineering with the NSA's Ghidra platform. By the end of this malware analysis book, you’ll be able to perform in-depth static and dynamic analysis and automate key tasks for improved defense against attacks.
Table of Contents (17 chapters)
Section 1: Basic Techniques
Section 2: Debugging and Anti-Analysis – Going Deep
Section 3: Reporting and Weaponizing Your Findings
Section 4: Challenge Solutions

Chapter 9: The Reverse Card: Weaponizing IOCs and OSINT for Defense

In every previous chapter of this book, we've looked at analyzing malware from both static and dynamic perspectives. The entire point of the analysis of adversarial software is to gather intelligence on an adversary's operations and find the fingerprints they may leave on a network, machine, or file.

However, simply gathering the information is not enough if we do not endeavor to make use of information our hard-fought analysis has uncovered. While, as analysts, we may not often be responsible for the implementation of these defenses, having the knowledge of how they may be implemented may assist us with knowing what will be of value to uncover during our analysis.

Let's take a look at some of the common uses of the Indicators of Compromise (IOCs) we have already been able to uncover, and how they may be of use to prevent further instances of attack by the same adversary. In this chapter, we&apos...