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Web malware discussed at Cyber Crime Conference

FireEye : 28 January, 2009  (Technical Article)
FireEye CEO to present at Cyber Crime Conference on the rising tide of Defence malware attacks and how to prevent them
FireEye has announced that Ashar Aziz, founder and CEO, will speak at the US Department of Defence (DoD) Cyber Crime Conference and Exposition 2009 being held from January 26-30 in St Louis on the topic, "Web Malware: Combating the New Keys to the Kingdom." Participation in this event punctuates an eventful fall for FireEye, in which the company was instrumental for supplying critical research regarding the infamous McColo shutdown and subsequent spam and Botnet activity, including providing guidance to help victims disengage from the Srizbi botnet. On January 14, Aziz also posted Recommendations for Cyber Security in the 44th Presidency on the company's Malware Intelligence Blog. FireEye continues to wage war on Web malware and team with government agencies to provide an effective defence to both public and private sectors.

"Web-based malware is the attack vector of choice for today's cyber criminals because almost all organisations allow Web access," said Ashar Aziz, founder and CEO of FireEye. "These attacks are increasingly sophisticated and stealthy, exploiting Web browser vulnerabilities to install malware that issues outbound calls back to cyber criminals to establish expansive networks of infected machines. Government defence and intelligence agencies represent an extremely lucrative target for today's cyber espionage schemes."

Government and military organisations possess substantial data stores that are very attractive to cyber criminals. Like their private sector counterparts, these organisations must allow for Web traffic flow while protecting their users against Web-borne threats. Cyber criminals are using increasingly sophisticated tactics to evade detection including obfuscated code. Today's countermeasures have been ineffective in preventing Web malware intrusions and the subsequent call backs to Command and Control (C&C) infrastructures. In his session at the DoD Cyber Crime Conference, Aziz will examine the malware infection cycle and discuss how government agencies can take preventative measures at each step. Attendees will learn how to detect, defend against and mitigate Web malware and Botnet infiltrations.

The threat to national cyber security is pervasive and severe, executed through schemes making use of Web malware, botnets and social engineering, fueling a lucrative underground economy, and giving rise to cyber warfare. The Centre for Strategic and International Studies' (CSIS) Commission on Cyber Security for the 44th Presidency recently detailed the magnitude and severity of the cyber security problem. In response, Aziz posted a discussion on the urgent need for a modern national cyber security policy. The post, entitled "Barbarians inside the Cyber Gates" includes a list of ten Recommendations for Cyber Security in the 44th Presidency and can be viewed at the FireEye Malware Intelligence Blog.

Earlier this autumn, FireEye provided substantial intelligence on Srizbi Botnet activity following the infamous shutdown of San Jose of hosting provider McColo. FireEye also provided guidance to clean Srizbi-infected machines including third-party resources.
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