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August 2016

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

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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.

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