VB2017 paper: Walking in your enemy's shadow: when fourth-party collection becomes attribution hell

Posted by   Martijn Grooten on   Oct 20, 2017

Of all the possible targets for digital spies, there is one particularly attractive target that doesn't get a lot of attention: that of other espionage campaigns.

Yet this kind of fourth-party collection really does go on. Earlier this month, at VB2017, Costin Raiu and Juan Andrés Guerrero-Saade, from Kaspersky Lab's GReAT team, presented a well received paper on the subject, in which they looked both at the general subject and at specific examples of fourth-party collection they had come across. And while the researchers made it clear that these examples don't make attack attribution entirely impossible, they showed that attribution is very complicated.

img204_595.jpg

Costin Raiu and Juan Andrés Guerrero-Saade presenting their paper at VB2017 in Madrid.

Today, we publish the paper in both HTML and PDF format. We have also uploaded the video of the presentation to our YouTube channel.

If you are interested in attribution of advanced malware attacks and the role security researchers play in it, make sure you also read the papers and/or watch the presentations Juan Andrés gave at the last two VB conferences: on the transition of malware researchers into intelligence brokers and, together with his colleague Brian Bartholomew, on false flags used in targeted attacks.

 Tags

conference attribution costin raiu vb2017 juan andres guerrero-saade fourth-party collection
twitter.png
fb.png
linkedin.png
hackernews.png
reddit.png

 

Latest posts:

VB2019 paper: Fantastic Information and Where to Find it: A guidebook to open-source OT reconnaissance

A VB2019 paper by FireEye researcher Daniel Kapellmann Zafra explained how open source intelligence (OSINT) can be used to learn crucial details of the inner workings of many a system. Today we publish Daniel's paper and the recording of his…

VB2019 paper: Different ways to cook a crab: GandCrab Ransomware-as-a-Service (RaaS) analysed in depth

Though active for not much longer than a year, GandCrab had been one of the most successful ransomware operations. In a paper presented at VB2019 in London, McAfee researchers John Fokker and Alexandre Mundo looked at the malware code, its evolution…

VB2019 paper: Domestic Kitten: an Iranian surveillance program

At VB2019 in London, Check Point researchers Aseel Kayal and Lotem Finkelstein presented a paper detailing an Iranian operation they named 'Domestic Kitten' that used Android apps for targeted surveillance. Today we publish their paper and the video…

VB2019 video: Discretion in APT: recent APT attack on crypto exchange employees

At VB2019 in London, LINE's HeungSoo Kang explained how cryptocurrency exchanges had been attacked using Firefox zero-days. Today, we publish the video of his presentation.

VB2019 paper: DNS on fire

In a paper presented at VB2019, Cisco Talos researchers Warren Mercer and Paul Rascagneres looked at two recent attacks against DNS infrastructure: DNSpionage and Sea Turtle. Today we publish their paper and the recording of their presentation.

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.