Good Guys vs Bad Guys: Bad Guys raising the bar

Makes you want to install linux, yesterday. But, of course, that doesn’t really fix things since they’re IN THE COMPILERS NOW…. Sheesh.

February 22, 2010 6:47 AM

Perfect Hide Out Spot: Attackers Now Hijacking Compilers

Malware authors and distributors have been perfecting methods to hide the nature of their work for over a decade now, creating endless varieties of Trojans, backdoors and downloaders that appear to be one kind of program (think rogue AV), but of course turn out to be something far more ominous.

New evidence suggests, however, that cutting-edge malware creators are increasingly taking their obfuscation techniques to another level and manipulating program compiler runtime stubs, a method that essentially allows them to “hide in plain sight” by merely using attack delivery mechanisms that people and AV systems have not yet been programmed to look for.

Read the rest here.


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