Four short links: 28 August 2019

Tech and Politics, Crypto-Mining Malware, Cost of Securing DNS, and Anti-Fuzzing Techniques

By Nat Torkington
August 28, 2019
Four Short Links
  1. Summer School Presentations — a great selection of talks on technology and political structures.
  2. A First Look at the Crypto-Mining Malware Ecosystem: A Decade of Unrestricted WealthIn this paper, we conduct the largest measurement of crypto-mining malware to date, analyzing approximately 4.4 million malware samples (one million malicious miners), over a period of 12 years from 2007 to 2018. We then analyze publicly available payments sent to the wallets from mining-pools as a reward for mining, and estimate profits for the different campaigns. Our profit analysis reveals campaigns with multi-million earnings, associating over 4.3% of Monero with illicit mining.
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  4. Analyzing the Costs (and Benefits) of DNS, DoT, and DoH for the Modern Webtwo new protocols have been proposed: DNS-over-HTTPS (DoH) and DNS-over-TLS (DoT). Rather than sending queries and responses as cleartext, these protocols establish encrypted tunnels between clients and resolvers. This fundamental architectural change has implications for the performance of DNS, as well as for content delivery. In this paper, we measure the effect of DoH and DoT on name resolution performance and content delivery.
  5. Fuzzificationanti-fuzzing techniques.
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