Researchers seek ransomware samples for their generic solution

Posted by   Virus Bulletin on   Sep 18, 2015

VB2015 presentation to include demonstration of technique against recent samples.

'The scary hack that's on the rise' is how Wired's Kim Zetter described ransomware in an overview article posted yesterday. Indeed, encrypting your files and demanding a ransom to decrypt them has become a very lucrative cybercriminal enterprise.

Of course, the best defence against ransomware is to make regular backups that are stored separately from the original device. But can security software perhaps play a role too and prevent ransomware from running in the first place?

Samir Mody and Gregory Panakkal, two researchers from K7 Computing in India, think it can. At VB2015 in Prague, they will present a paper 'Dead and buried in their crypts: defeating modern ransomware', in which they discuss a generic anti-ransomware solution they developed. Those who think anti-virus is all about signatures will be interested to know that the paper doesn't mention the word 'signatures' even once.

But presenting a nice theoretical solution is one thing, making sure it actually works is something else. Hence Samir and Gregory are asking those attending the conference to submit new ransomware samples, which they will test their solution against during their presentation.

There are more than 50 other talks on a diverse range of security-related topics on the VB2015 conference programme. Why not join us in Prague? Registration is still open.

Posted on 18 June 2015 by Martijn Grooten

twitter.png
fb.png
linkedin.png
hackernews.png
reddit.png

 

Latest posts:

Nominations opened for sixth Péter Szőr Award

Virus Bulletin is seeking nominations for the sixth annual Péter Szőr Award.

Haroon Meer and Adrian Sanabria to deliver VB2019 closing keynote

New additions to the VB2019 conference programme include a closing keynote address from Thinkst duo Haroon Meer and Adrian Sanabria and a talk on attacks against payment systems.

Free VB2019 tickets for students

Virus Bulletin is excited to announce that, thanks to generous sponsorship from Google Android, we are able to offer 20 free tickets to students who want to attend VB2019.

VB2018 paper: Lazarus Group: a mahjong game played with different sets of tiles

The Lazarus Group, generally linked to the North Korean government, is one of the most notorious threat groups seen in recent years. At VB2018 ESET researchers Peter Kálnai and Michal Poslušný presented a paper looking at the group's various…

Book your VB2019 ticket now for a chance to win a ticket for BSides London

Virus Bulletin is proud to sponsor this year's BSides London conference, which will take place next week, and we have a number of tickets to give away.

We have placed cookies on your device in order to improve the functionality of this site, as outlined in our cookies policy. However, you may delete and block all cookies from this site and your use of the site will be unaffected. By continuing to browse this site, you are agreeing to Virus Bulletin's use of data as outlined in our privacy policy.