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The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Malware

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In chess battle, to win, you have to anticipate your enemy's every move and put yourself in their shoes. It is almost the same to how we should battle malwares (virus, trojan, worms & etc). You have a better chance to prevent malwares from invading your beloved computer if you can think like their creators. Here is an interesting article which was originally posted by Larry Seltzer. Its about The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Malware.

1. Trick the user. Make them think the program is something they really want to run.
2. Obscure your code. Use packers and other tricks to make the program difficult to analyze.
3. Make it as light as possible in terms of size to make the moment of infection faster.
4. Make it as stealthy as possible so as not to make the user suspect because 'my computer runs slow' or 'what is this process?'
5. Have as many anti-debug and anti-vm tricks as possible, to avoid today's malware analysis automations. In the end, it will be detected but many hours of not being detected means more time to spread unimpeded..
6. Make it as flexible as possible. The more tasks it can do, the more profit you can get (password stealing, spam sending, ddosing, click fraud, etc). Typically, it can even be updated to do different or better tasks.
7. Manage with a bullet-proof Internet infrastructure for handling the malware operation. This is important, and sadly easy. There's more than enough countries and ISPs that don't care very much about people like you and it takes ages to shut down a malware site.

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