Thomas Roccia

Thomas Roccia is security researcher on the McAfee Advanced Threat Research team. He works on threat intelligence, tracking cybercrime campaigns and collaborating with law enforcement agencies. In previous his role, Roccia worked on the McAfee Foundstone team, performing worldwide incident response, malware hunting, and penetration testing. He has helped customers during major outbreaks and managed highly critical situations. Roccia has developed workshops, training courses, and presentations. His work in security research includes malware, reverse engineering, vulnerabilities, and car hacking. He speaks regularly at security conferences. Twitter: @fr0gger_
Malware authors use a number of tricks to avoid detection and analysis. One of the most popular methods is to employ a packer, a tool that compresses, encrypts, and/or modifies a malicious file’s format. (Packers can also be used for legitimate ends, for example, to protect a program against cracking or copying.) All these tricks ...
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As we explained in a previous post, some advanced malware can detect a virtual environment such as a sandbox to avoid detection and analysis. Some threats can also detect monitoring tools used for malware analysis. Often such malware will not execute or change their behavior to appear harmless. Because some malware uses these tactics, planting ...
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Many malware authors spend a great deal of time and effort to develop complex code. Their success depends on a threat’s remaining undetected and avoiding sandbox analysis, antivirus efforts, or malware analysts. This post offers an overview of the mechanisms used by malware to evade detection. If malware is detected quickly, it has little time ...
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McAfee has recently seen a new kind of ransomware–Zcrypt—that can self-replicate. This “virus ransomware” arrives via email in a malicious attachment or by usurping an Adobe Flash Player installation. The malware copies itself onto removable drives to infect other machines. Zcrypt uses the Nullsoft Scriptable Install System, which works like a Zip file, decompressing and ...
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