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Malware Forensics: Investigating and Analyzing Malicious Code

Malware Forensics: Investigating and Analyzing Malicious Code

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By (author) Cameron H. Malin, By (author) Eoghan Casey, By (author) James M. Aquilina

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  • Publisher: Syngress Media,U.S.
  • Format: Paperback | 716 pages
  • Dimensions: 186mm x 232mm x 44mm | 1,420g
  • Publication date: 8 August 2008
  • Publication City/Country: Rockland, MA
  • ISBN 10: 159749268X
  • ISBN 13: 9781597492683
  • Illustrations note: 1, black & white illustrations
  • Sales rank: 656,178

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"Malware Forensics: Investigating and Analyzing Malicious Code" covers the emerging and evolving field of 'live forensics', where investigators examine a computer system to collect and preserve critical live data that may be lost if the system is shut down. Unlike other forensic texts that discuss 'live forensics' on a particular operating system, or in a generic context, this book emphasizes a live forensics and evidence collection methodology on both Windows and Linux operating systems in the context of identifying and capturing malicious code and evidence of its effect on the compromised system. "Malware Forensics: Investigating and Analyzing Malicious Code" also devotes extensive coverage of the burgeoning forensic field of physical and process memory analysis on both Windows and Linux platforms. This book provides clear and concise guidance as to how to forensically capture and examine physical and process memory as a key investigative step in malicious code forensics. Prior to this book, competing texts have described malicious code, accounted for its evolutionary history, and in some instances, dedicated a mere chapter or two to analyzing malicious code. Conversely, "Malware Forensics: Investigating and Analyzing Malicious Code" emphasizes the practical 'how-to' aspect of malicious code investigation, giving deep coverage on the tools and techniques of conducting runtime behavioral malware analysis (such as file, registry, network and port monitoring) and static code analysis (such as file identification and profiling, strings discovery, armoring/packing detection, disassembling, debugging), and more. This book is the winner of Best Book Bejtlich read in 2008! Authors have investigated and prosecuted federal malware cases, which allows them to provide unparalleled insight to the reader. This is the first book to detail how to perform 'live forensic' techniques on malicious code. In addition to the technical topics discussed, this book also offers critical legal considerations addressing the legal ramifications and requirements governing the subject matter.

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Cameron H. Malin is Special Agent with the Federal Bureau of Investigation assigned to a Cyber Crime squad in Los Angeles, California, where he is responsible for the investigation of computer intrusion and malicious code matters. Special Agent Malin is the founder and developer of the FBI's Technical Working Group on Malware Analysis and Incident Response. Special Agent Malin is a Certified Ethical Hacker (C|EH) as designated by the International Council of E-Commerce Consultants, a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP), as designated by the International Information Systems Security Consortium, a GIAC certified Reverse-Engineering Malware Professional (GREM), GIAC Certified Intrusion Analyst (GCIA), GIAC Certified Incident Handler (GCIH), and a GIAC Certified Forensic Analyst (GCFA), as designated by the SANS Institute. Eoghan Casey is an internationally recognized expert in data breach investigations and information security forensics. He is founding partner of CASEITE.com, and co-manages the Risk Prevention and Response business unit at DFLabs. Over the past decade, he has consulted with many attorneys, agencies, and police departments in the United States, South America, and Europe on a wide range of digital investigations, including fraud, violent crimes, identity theft, and on-line criminal activity. Eoghan has helped organizations investigate and manage security breaches, including network intrusions with international scope. He has delivered expert testimony in civil and criminal cases, and has submitted expert reports and prepared trial exhibits for computer forensic and cyber-crime cases. In addition to his casework and writing the foundational book Digital Evidence and Computer Crime, Eoghan has worked as R&D Team Lead in the Defense Cyber Crime Institute (DCCI) at the Department of Defense Cyber Crime Center (DC3) helping enhance their operational capabilities and develop new techniques and tools. He also teaches graduate students at Johns Hopkins University Information Security Institute and created the Mobile Device Forensics course taught worldwide through the SANS Institute. He has delivered keynotes and taught workshops around the globe on various topics related to data breach investigation, digital forensics and cyber security. Eoghan has performed thousands of forensic acquisitions and examinations, including Windows and UNIX systems, Enterprise servers, smart phones, cell phones, network logs, backup tapes, and database systems. He also has information security experience, as an Information Security Officer at Yale University and in subsequent consulting work. He has performed vulnerability assessments, deployed and maintained intrusion detection systems, firewalls and public key infrastructures, and developed policies, procedures, and educational programs for a variety of organizations. Eoghan has authored advanced technical books in his areas of expertise that are used by practitioners and universities around the world, and he is Editor-in-Chief of Elsevier's International Journal of Digital Investigation. James M. Aquilina, Esq. is the Managing Director and Deputy General Counsel of Stroz Friedberg, LLC, a consulting and technical services firm specializing in computer forensics; cyber-crime response; private investigations; and the preservation, analysis and production of electronic data from single hard drives to complex corporate networks. As the head of the Los Angeles Office, Mr. Aquilina supervises and conducts digital forensics and cyber-crime investigations and oversees large digital evidence projects. Mr. Aquilina also consults on the technical and strategic aspects of anti-piracy, antispyware, and digital rights management (DRM) initiatives for the media and entertainment industries, providing strategic thinking, software assurance, testing of beta products, investigative assistance, and advice on whether the technical components of the initiatives implicate the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act and anti-spyware and consumer fraud legislation. His deep knowledge of botnets, distributed denial of service attacks, and other automated cyber-intrusions enables him to provide companies with advice to bolster their infrastructure protection.

Table of contents

Introduction Chapter 1:Malware Incident Response: Volatile Data Collection and Examination on a Live Windows System Chapter 2:Malware Incident Response: Volatile Data Collection and Examination on a Live Linux System Chapter 3:Memory Forensics: Analyzing Physical and Process Memory Dumps for Malware Artifacts Chapter 4:Post-Mortem Forensics: Discovering and Extracting Malware and Associated Artifacts from Windows Systems Chapter 5:Post-Mortem Forensics: Discovering and Extracting Malware and Associated Artifacts from Linux Systems Chapter 6:Legal Considerations Chapter 7:File Identification and Profiling: Initial Analysis of a Suspect File on a Windows System Chapter 8:File Identification and Profiling: Initial Analysis of a Suspect File On a Linux System Chapter 9:Analysis of a Suspect Program: Windows Chapter 10:Analysis of a Suspect Program: Linux Index