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Boutique Malware – Custom made for e-business

Pan, J.Y. and Fung, C.C.ORCID: 0000-0001-5182-3558 (2010) Boutique Malware – Custom made for e-business. In: 9th International Conference on e-Business iNCEB, 17 - 19 November, Bangkok, Thailand



Malware are typically known through extensive publicity in the media when incidents such as infection by Conficker on the computers around the globe. Such Malware infects all who are vulnerable to its bite. However there is another form of Malware lurking which is not reported in any media, nor does it attack everybody. It targets only specific individuals and organizations. This form of Malware is seeking to achieve focused objectives rather than to drawing fame onto itself. The Malware is able to circumvent even the best practices used in security defences. Anti-Malware solutions are available but can be ineffective against them. The development approach to such Malware has evolved towards a bespoke development. Investigators and analysts of Malware face a great challenge in studying and combating against these Malware. This paper serves to expose such practices and to initiate discussions and strategies in order to develop counter-measure solutions that are urgently needed in the world of e-Business before the community is totally succumbed by this type of Boutique Malware.

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Murdoch Affiliation(s): School of Information Technology
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