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Malware Forensics Field Guide for Windows Systems by James M. Aquilina, Eoghan Casey, Cameron H. Malin

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Introduction to Malware Forensics

Since the publication of Malware Forensics: Investigating and Analyzing Malicious Code in 2008,1 the number and complexity of programs developed for malicious and illegal purposes has grown substantially. The 2011 Symantec Internet Security Threat Report announced that over 286 million new threats emerged in the past year.2 Other anti-virus vendors, including F-Secure, forecast an increase in attacks against mobile devices and SCADA systems in 2011.3

In the past, malicious code has been categorized neatly (e.g., viruses, worms, or Trojan horses) based upon functionality and attack vector. Today, malware is often modular and multifaceted, more of a “blended-threat,” with diverse functionality and means of propagation. ...

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