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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've discussed several ways that we may put the IOCs we have painstakingly collected in previous chapters to use, and leverage these to prevent further incidents within our environment – or simply create chokepoints for the adversary and address them as the Spartans did to the Persians at the gates of Thermopylae, though hopefully with a modicum more success.

We've reviewed ways we can utilize the power of in-built Windows tools such as Group Policy or Active Directory's in-built DNS mechanisms in order to limit the adversary's reach to download secondary payloads, execute files, or move laterally within the network.

We have also established that while these methodologies exist, perhaps the best methodology possible for implementing IOCs in the most effective way possible is to utilize a purpose-built piece of software, as is often the case with tools of one's trade.

In the next chapter, we'll take a look at taking...