Author: <span class="vcard">todd</span>

How to Become (and Remain) a Malware Researcher

I am writing this post as requested by Peerlyst. In this post, I will present my unique take on both becoming and remaining a Malware Researcher. The Two Most Important Ingredients My take is that there are two most important ingredients to becoming a malware researcher: 1. Obsessive Passion to learn “how things work” no…


Portable Executable File Corruption Preventing Malware From Running

Important Disclaimer – YOU MUST READ FIRST! Portions of this article contain source code from the Windows Research Kernel. This code is the intellectual property of Microsoft Corporation. I am using this code under special license in this post under these grounds of the license agreement: You may distribute snippets of this software in research…


MalwareAnalysisForums.com is now Live

I enjoy posting these blog posts, but I want to really give back to the community that I’ve enjoyed learning so much from and I didn’t see a specific, dedicated, discussion board for malware analysis and research. I decided to create one and it is at https://malwareanalysisforums.com . It is currently invite-only but feel free…


Todd’s GIANT Intro of Windows Malware Analysis Tools

Purpose of this page This is a continuously updated page and it is never finished! I decided to go ahead and cover the tools I typically use for analyzing malware because although I’ve found lists elsewhere, I’ve found no real big collection with explanation and/or any type of discussion of these tools. It’s generally more…


Windows Special Folders: CSIDLs, KNOWNFOLDERID

Introduction As we’ve seen many times before, malware authors are always trying to get at important system folders on victim systems. Some reasons for this are: To locate and attack actual operating system files To impersonate or spoof system files or create files with similar names in an attempt to circumvent detection. For example –…


Python and Crypto

It’s no secret that malware authors, particularly of specialized, targeted malware and ransomware, use encryption to aid in hiding functionality of code, as well as data like email and server addresses, IPs, and much more. Due to this, it’s useful to learn about encryption. Python also happens to be the scripting language of choice these…


Thoughts Concerning Cryptography, Privacy, Data, and the Future

Lately I’ve been mulling over some thoughts concerning the future of security, privacy, and how it relates to data records. This post will present some ideas for you if you do not know where to start when it comes to cyber security or are looking for ideas on how to keep you and your family’s…


EquationGroup DoubleFantasy Part 1

Introduction EquationGroup has a malware called DoubleFantasy. Sounded interesting, so I decided to go ahead and attack it and find out what it’s all about. Supposedly Kaspersky said about EquationGroup, The Equation Group is probably one of the most sophisticated cyber attack groups in the world; and they are the most advanced threat actor we…


What is a Malware Analyst and Why will your organization need one very soon?

Introduction I predict within the next 5-10 years, the number of malware analyst, researcher, and reverse-engineer jobs is going to skyrocket. So what is a malware analyst, malware researcher, and/or malware reverse-engineer in the first place and why will they be in high demand? What is a Malware Analyst/Researcher/Reverse Engineer? First of all, the slashes…


Malware Tips for Non-Tech folks

Today I recorded this video that gives some beginner tips on how to stay safe from malware, adware, spyware, and crapware. If you find your computer getting bogged down with unknown software, ads, toolbars, and other junk, this video is for you. Feel free to post any questions in the comments and I’ll answer.