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Hunting the Mutex

Mutex analysis is an often overlooked and useful tool for malware author fingerprinting, family classification, and even discovery. Far from the hypothesized "huge amount of variability" in mutex names, likely hypothesized due to the seemingly random appearance of them, practical mutex usage is embarrassingly consistent. In fact, over 15% of all collected worms share a single mutex [2gvwnqjz].

This blog was sourced from the data generated by the WildFire Analytics cloud, which processes thous...

Aug 14, 2014

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