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Obfuscation methods

Article detailing the methods by which malware can obfuscate itself to avoid detection.
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Obfuscation

Google dictionary says:

Google dictionary result for "Obfuscation". The action of making something obsecure, unclear, or unintelligible.

Malware does not want to be seen. It will hide on your computer and for the most, attempt to blend into your system. The malware may disguise itself as a legitimate file or process examples of which are making changes to the following:

• Name

• Dates and times

• Size

• Location

• Association

Malware may also try to obfuscate itself when running in memory. It may change its name to what appears to be a legitimate process name or actually hide itself within a genuine process, a technique known as hooking.

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