On Tuesday October 8th, Citizen Lab’s Seth Hardy, Katie Kleemola and Greg Wiseman delivered their presentation “RATastrophe: Monitoring a Malware Menagerie” at SecTor (Security Education Conference Toronto).
In their talk, they described a few malware families that are actively being developed and used for the purpose of monitoring human rights activists and NGO workers. Additionally, they covered how the individual threats were found, how they are strongly interconnected, and how they can be likely attributed to a single actor. They also described how they perform this research as a small group and how civil society groups can protect themselves from threats with minimal resources.
Because of a lot of expressed interest we’ve also released a blog entry on the Targeted Threat Index metric presented at the conference here.