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Attribution & The Nation-State Malware Market

Malware researcher Marion Marschalek visits the Dark Reading News Desk to discuss the session she, Morgan Marquis-Boire, and Claudio Guarnieri delivered at Black Hat. She explains why it's so difficult to provide malware attribution -- since nation-states can buy code on a legitimate market where "malware" is in the eyes of the beholder -- and describes a tool to make such attribution easier.

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12/29/2016 | 6:50:20 AM
Reading Between the Lines
I think this interview is so telling and this topic is one of the most important topics out there right now.  The media so quickly jump on hacking stories when governments appear to be involved and have no problem quickly reporting that Russia or China are the source of recent cyberattacks.  But what is the proof?  Is it not critical when pointing fingers at other governments to have 100% attribution confirmed?  Is not there a potential distraction when the media run with a story that points the finger at another country as the source, and that actually the cyberattack is sourced from either an unsuspected country or a completely independent aggressor?  We need these tools to make sure we are not pointing the finger in the wrong direction.  We need analysts like this to help avoid wars that move beyond the seemingly "harmless" cyber arena.  Listen carefully to the dead space in this interview; read between the lines.  The pauses tell the story - this is a critical topic.    
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