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August 2016

The Devil’s Right Hand: An Investigation on Malware-oriented Obfuscation Techniques

Sponsored by ComputerWeekly.com

This article in our Royal Holloway Security Series evaluates the role that obfuscation techniques play in malware and the importance of understanding their effectiveness.

Table Of Contents

  • Obfuscation is a feature in malware design that greatly contributes to the success of malware as it impedes static detection mechanism and slows down dynamic detection.
  • As we are in the Age of Zero Trust, in which it is increasingly difficult to define a trustworthy user, it is easier than ever for malware to hide by misusing the concept of trust.
  • Therefore, out-dated and passive approaches to security are not enough to protect against malware in the future, and a more active direction needs to be taken to detect and track malware.