CuteCats.exe and the Arab Spring

Presented at Black Hat USA 2012, Unknown date/time (Unknown duration)

There has been significant discussion regarding the impact of the internet, social media, and smart phones on the uprisings in the Middle East. Accompanying the digitisation of dissent and the growth of an increasingly connected online community has been the rise in malware targeting activists in the region. From backdoored anti-censorship software to malicious PDFs promising details on revolutionary high councils, this talk will detail specific examples and provide analysis of malware which has been seen to target dissidents in Libya, Syria and other countries over the past 18 months. The distribution of these attacks across forums specialising in regional issues, social media and spear phishing will also be discussed.