VB2017 video: Spora: the saga continues a.k.a. how to ruin your research in a week

Posted by   Martijn Grooten on   Dec 11, 2017

First discovered at the beginning of the year, the Spora ransomware has become one of of the most prominent ransomware families of 2017, especially in Russia, a region it appears to target. Spora exhibited worm-like behaviour months before the appearance of WannaCry, using .LNK files, a technique previously used by other malware. (Spora's implementation is described in detail in a blog post from January by G DATA's Karsten Hahn.)

At VB2017, Avast researcher Jakub Křoustek and his former colleague Előd Kironský, now at ESET, told the story of Spora: how the malware spreads, how files are encrypted and decrypted, the payment mechanism, and also how, shortly after the same researchers had given a presentation about Spora at CARO, the malware was given a complete overhaul.

 

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Előd and Jakub told the story of Spora in a last-minute presentation at VB2017.

 

Today, we have uploaded the video of Jakub and Előd's presentation to our YouTube channel.

 

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