Why are we bothering to discuss malware in a book about hacking? One reason is that malware is so pervasive today that it is all but impossible to avoid it. If you know anything at all about computer security, you are likely to be asked for advice on how to deal with some malware-related issue—from how to avoid it in the first place, to how to clean up after an infection.
In this chapter, we cover the following topics related to hacking malware:
• Trends in malware
• De-obfuscating malware
• Reverse-engineering malware
Like any other technology, malware is growing increasingly sophisticated. Malware authors seek to make their tools undetectable. Virtually every known offensive technique has been ...