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Hunt, crack, track, block: Combating today's and tomorrow's malware

Date & Time:
February 7, 2013 | 4:30 pm
Biological Sciences, Room 587
Giovanni Vigna


Malware is in continuous evolution. Sophisticated, targeted drive-by-download exploits are used to infect computers with components that create a "black cloud" infrastructure, which, in turn, provides a generic platform for the execution of malicious payloads. The approach to solving the malware problem need to be multi-faceted and multi-layered, and as agile as the malware itself, following cybercriminals as they adapt and evolve. This talk describes recent research in hunting, tracking, and combating malware on the Internet. It describes several approaches that have shown promise towards addressing the malware problem at different levels, from the infrastructure to the end user.


Giovanni Vigna is a Professor in the Department of Computer Science at the University of California in Santa Barbara. His current research interests include malware analysis, web security, vulnerability assessment, and intrusion detection.  He has been the Program Chair of the International Symposium on Recent Advances in Intrusion Detection (RAID 2003), of the ISOC Symposium on Network and Distributed Systems Security (NDSS 2009), and of the IEEE Symposium on Security and Privacy (S&P 2011).  He is known for organizing and running the world's largest inter-university Capture The Flag hacking contest, called iCTF, that every year involves dozens of institutions around he world.

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