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Some of our recent articles:

Optimizing ssDeep for use at scale

Being able to find files that are similar to a particular file is quite useful, although it can be difficult to handle at scale. It can often require an infeasible number of comparisons, which need to take place outside of a database. In an attempt to make this task more manageable, Brian Wallace has devised an optimization to ssDeep comparisons, which drastically decreases the time required to compare files.

Throwback Thursday: Legal attempts to reduce spam. A UK perspective (November 2003)

In November 2003, Martin Lee summarized from a UK perspective the various legislative attempts to ban the abuse of email by law.

3ROS exploit framework kit – one more for the infection road!

Aditya K. Sood and Rohit Bansal look at a different side of an exploit kit: the interface used by the malware authors who rely on exploit kits to get their malware installed on victims' machines.

Throwback Thursday: What DDoS it all Mean? (March 2000)

In February 2000, distributed denial of service, or DDoS, attacks disrupted some of the largest websites – CNN, MSN, Yahoo and others – sites designed to serve millions of pages per day. So Nick FitzGerald asked: what are DDoS attacks? How might they affect you and what should you do to avoid them?

Shifu – the rise of a self-destructive banking trojan

The banking trojan Shifu appears to inherit some of its features from several other well-known banking trojans. Floser Bacurio and Wayne Low decided to take a close look at one of its droppers.

Throwback Thursday: Memetic Mass Mailers: Time to Classify Hoaxes as Malware? (July 2002)

In July 2002, Andrew Lee explained why an effective hoax could be as damaging as a mass-mailed fast-burning virus, and questioned whether we should begin to classify hoaxes as malware.

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