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Windows Malware Analysis Essentials by Victor Marak

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Chapter 1. Down the Rabbit Hole

Before we get started with analyzing malware, you need to start at the baseline, which will involve reviewing some fundamental tenets of computer science. Malware analysis essentially deals with an in-depth investigation of a malicious software program, usually in some binary form procured through collection channels/repositories/infected systems or even your own Frankenstein creations in a lab. In this book, we focus on Windows OS malware and the myriad methods and the inventory required for their analyses. Much like a time and space tradeoff for computer algorithms (and the infinite monkeys with typewriters paradigm), the analyst must be aware that given enough time, any sample can be analyzed thoroughly, but ...

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