Gone rogue: An analysis of rogue security software campaigns

Marco Cova, Corrado Leita, Olivier Thonnard, Angelos Keromytis, Marc Dacier

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Abstract

In the past few years, Internet miscreants have developed a number of techniques to defraud and make a hefty profit out of their unsuspecting victims. A troubling, recent example of this trend is cybercriminals distributing rogue security software, that is malicious programs that, by pretending to be legitimate security tools (e.g., anti-virus or anti-spyware), deceive users into paying a substantial amount of money in exchange for little or no protection. While the technical and economical aspects of rogue security software (e.g., its distribution and monetization mechanisms) are relatively well-understood, much less is known about the campaigns through which this type of malware is distributed, that is what are the underlying techniques and coordinated efforts employed by cyber-criminals to spread their malware. In this paper, we present the techniques we used to analyze rogue security software campaigns, with an emphasis on the infrastructure employed in the campaign and the life-cycle of the clients that they infect.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEC2ND 2009 - European Conference on Computer Network Defense
PublisherIEEE Computer Society
Pages1-3
Number of pages3
ISBN (Print)9780769539836
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2009
Event European Conference on Computer Network Defense, EC2ND 2009 - Milano, Italy
Duration: 9 Nov 200910 Nov 2009

Publication series

NameEC2ND 2009 - European Conference on Computer Network Defense

Conference

Conference European Conference on Computer Network Defense, EC2ND 2009
CountryItaly
CityMilano
Period9/11/0910/11/09

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ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Networks and Communications
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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Cova, M., Leita, C., Thonnard, O., Keromytis, A., & Dacier, M. (2009). Gone rogue: An analysis of rogue security software campaigns. In EC2ND 2009 - European Conference on Computer Network Defense (pp. 1-3). [5494349] (EC2ND 2009 - European Conference on Computer Network Defense). IEEE Computer Society. https://doi.org/10.1109/EC2ND.2009.8