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The last spreading malware version of Waledac, a notorious spamming botnet that has been taken down in a collaborative effort lead by Microsoft earlier this year, contained some neat anti-debugging tricks in order to make reverse-engineering more difficult. Felix Leder and I have been presenting about the approach at SIGINT 2010 in Cologne yesterday, and as the method seems to be not publicly known yet, I will quickly describe it here as well.
Josh, Angelo, Matt and Nicolas finished evaluating the submissions for FC2010/3 banking troubles. Again, lots of great submissions! We had a total of 22 and the top performers for FC2010/3 are:
Congratulations to the winners and all the folks that participated in the challenge - this was not an easy one. Each winner will receive a signed book from one of our Honeynet Project authors. We have posted the submissions of the winners and sample solution on the FC2010/3 web page. All participants should have also received an email today with information about their individual score as well as placement.
Folks, the submission deadline for the Forensic Challenge 3 – “Banking Troubles” has passed. We have received 22 submissions and will be announcing results on Wednesday, May 12th 2010. With the 3rd challenge coming to an end, we would love to get your feedback on the challenges: Which challenge did you enjoy in particular and why? Do you have any suggestions on how to improve the challenge? Is there a particular challenge you would like to see in the future? Send your feedback to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The 2010 Honeynet Workshop has kicked off, in the wonderful surroundings of UNAM, Mexico City. Many thanks to our hosts!
Today, Steven Adair from Shadowserver imformed us about a new piece of malware that looks like a new version of the infamous Storm Worm. Storm was one of the first serious peer-to-peer botnets, it was sending out spam for more than two years until its decline in late 2008. Mark Schloesser, Tillmann Werner, Georg Wicherski, and I did some work on how to take down Storm back then, so the rumors about a new version caught our interest.
After a few slow days for student applicants everywhere, and some difficult decisions on the final slot allocations for our mentors, the long wait is finally over and the GSoC 2010 official student selections are public. The Honeynet Project are very excited to have received 17 GSoC slots this year (up from 9 last year), so many thanks to Google for their fantastic support again this year.
Folks, we have decided to extend the submission deadline of the Forensic Challenge 2010/3 - "Banking Troubles" for another week (deadline is now April 26th 2010.) Seems like this challenge is a bit tougher and we would like to give you all the opportunity to submit your results. For those folks that have already submitted, you can resubmit via the web form in case you would like to make changes to your solution. The Forensic Challenge 2010/3 can be accessed here: http://honeynet.org/challenges/2010_3_banking_troubles.
Student applications for Google Summer of Code 2010 closed at 19:00 UTC tonight, with the usual last minute rush of submissions (but thankfully no timezone confusion this time). We had thought that receiving three student applications in the final minute, including one with 8.4 seconds to spare was cutting it close, but Plan9 apparently had one lucky applicant with 1.23 seconds remaining on the clock! That must set a new GSoC record... ;-)
On March 29th Google officially began accepting applications from students for Google Summer of Code 2010, which the Honeynet Project is very exicted to be participating in again this year as a mentoring organisation. We've recently updated our project ideas page and mentor information and students have until 19:00 UTC on Friday April 9th to apply (you can either chose one of our ideas or propose your own).
Challenge 3 of the Honeynet Project Forensic Challenge - titled "Banking Troubles" - is now online and we invite you to participate. Challenge 3 - provided by Josh Smith and Matt Cote from The Rochester Institute of Technology Chapter, Angelo Dell'Aera from the Italian Chapter and Nicolas Collery from the Singapore Chapter - is a bit different from our previous challenges in that we do not ask you to analyze a pcap network trace, but rather a memory image from a virtual machine. This should make for an interesting challenge!
Submission deadline is April 18th and results will be released on Wednesday, May 5th 2010. Small prizes will be awarded to the top three submissions.