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Crypto: Not Just for the Defensive Team

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Cryptography has long been a useful, important tool for defensive computer security. Increasingly, however, attackers are using cryptographic techniques for the same reason as the defenders: to protect code's confidentiality and integrity. But in this case, the code is malicious. This paper reviews uses of encryption by writers of malicious code, through some recent examples. Malicious-code writers are using state-of-the-art cryptography, just as commercial security engineers are.

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Security & Privacy, IEEE  (Volume:8 ,  Issue: 2 )