31 Aug '12, 10pm

This Week in Cybercrime: Hackers Say “If You Can’t Beat ‘Em, Evade ‘Em”

Evasion techniques that let cybercrooks bypass companies' antivirus software, firewalls, intrusion prevention systems , and other first lines of defense are becoming more prevalent, says a CSO.com article citing a study released on 29 August. The study, from FireEye , a security vendor focused on advanced persistent threats, says that in the first half of 2012, the incidence of advanced malware successfully evading signature-based detection such as blacklisting technology and AV software was 225-percent as great as for the previous six-month period . One such evasion tactic, says FireEye, is the use of "throwaway" domains in spearphishing e-mails, in order to keep technologies that rely on domain reputation analysis from sniffing out the sender’s intentions. According to CSO.com, the number of domains used fewer than 10 times rose 45 percent from the second half of 2011. "...

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