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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


In this chapter, we covered basic methods of de-obfuscation utilized by threat actors in order to hide the malicious intents of their script(s). With this knowledge, it's now possible for us to recognize attempts to hide data and action on objectives from us.

We can utilize this knowledge to leverage the tools we learned about—PSDecode, VBSDebug, and CyberChef to collect indicators of compromise (IOCs) and better understand what a malicious script may be trying to do or stage on a system. As a result, we are better prepared to face the first stage of adversarial software head-on.

In the next chapter, we'll review how we can take the IOCs we collect as a result of this and weaponize them against the adversary to prevent breaches in the first place!