DeepEnd Research – Library of Malware Traffic Patterns + Blog lists

Quoted from here

Traffic analysis has been the primary method of malware identification and thousands of IDS signatures developed are the daily proof. Signatures definitely help but ability to visually recognize malware traffic patterns and see the trends when they change has been always an important skill for anyone tasked with network defense. The number of malware analysis blogs and papers is overwhelming and it is difficult to keep track of malware features if you don’t have access to a well designed and constantly updated malware database. This started as “personal notes” spreadsheet with GET and POST requests for different malware families with information from open sources. We decided others might find it useful too.

VIEW OR DOWNLOAD “MALWARE TRAFFIC PATTERNS” SPREADSHEET

This is truly an exceptional and valuable community tool for researchers. On the same for those interested in these stuffs i.e. for whitehat researchers, here are some useful sites :

malware.lu

DeepEndResearch

Contagiodump

Operational cryptology and virology lab

Modern malware investigations and reviews

XyliBox

Tracking Cybercrime

Malware don’t need Coffee

ARF Project

Malware Reconstructor

All the bloggers take the researching quite seriously, are frequently updated and provide and in-dept analysis. More blogs are listed in above blog.

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Dirac’s Lectures

Steve Flammia, on the blog Quantum Pontiff, posted this remarkable and rare 1-hour talks by Paul Dirac in New Zealand :

There are four of his talks currently uploaded online. The first one (the above) is on quantum mechanics; the second one is on quantum electrodynamics; the third is on the Magnetic monopoles; and the fourth one is on large number hypothesis.

Surprisingly or perhaps not, there still is lots of interesting stuff in them especially to hear the finer points from the person who himself was part of the historical events of Physics.

Credits to Richard Smythe for digitizing them.

Fusion of Quantum Mechanics and Shakespeare

What would have happened if Shakespeare had known Quantum Mechanics and the Schrödinger’s cat? Apparently the following :

“To be, or not to be, or maybe both

–that is the question:
Whether ’tis nobler in the mind to calculate
The slings and arrows of outrageous quanta
Or to take arms against a sea of interpretations
And by opposing end them.
To sleep, to wake —
No more, but both –and by a sleep to say we end
The headache, and the thousand natural shocks
That Bohr bequeathed. ‘Tis a consummation
Devoutly to be wished. To wake, to sleep–
To sleep–perchance to dream: ay, there’s the rub,
For in that sleep of Copenhagen what dreams may come
When we have shuffled all our mortal calculations,
Must give us pause. There’s the Aspect
That makes calamity of so entangled a life.
For who would bear the Bells and Wittens of time,
Th’ position’s wrong, the proud momentum’s contumely
The pangs of despised theory, the quantal law’s decay,
The insolence of academic office, and the spurns
That patient merit of th’ unworthy unlearned takes,
When he himself might his quietus make
With a bare bra-ket? Who would fardels bear,
To grunt and sweat under a weary state vector,
But that the dread of something not quite real,
The undiscovered counterfactual, from whose bourn
No traveller returns, puzzles the will,
And makes us rather bear those classical ills we have
Than fly to others that we know not of?
Thus common sense does make cowards of us all,
And thus the native hue of resolution
Is sicklied o’er with the pale cast of Heisenberg,
And enterprise of great position and momentum
With this regard their currents turn awry
And lose the name of action. — Soft you now,
The fair Dirac — noble and precise, in thy orisons
Be all my spins remembered.”

via Wavewatching

Google fool day

Every year on April 1, Google enthusiastic audiences get many hilarious news. However, none of them can be compared to the prank with the news from April 1, 2004 the launch of the e-mail service Gmail capacity, one gigabyte, because that is really the news was true.

Google jokes on April 1 even have a devoted separate article in Wikipedia

This year, the company launched a “show” with the news of the suspension of the upload facility of new videos on Youtube until 2023. In the news it is  reported that the service has already made enough movies to conduct a “contest.” Out of them over a span of ten year, an overall winner will be selected.

Next, is a search engine that smells : Google nose

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A character input system through the drums and one-button keypad build by Google Japan branch

The company has also launched a “treasure hunt” on Google Maps.

Finally, Youtube has started “selling” collection DVD-ROM drive with the best excerpts from the videos of Youtube.

Perhaps the list will continue to increse because the day is not over yet and Google may have more tricks up its sleeves.

Computer from a living cell designed at Stanford

Been busy since last almost 2 months, attended two National conferences as participant which was extremely exciting as I made new friends along with new contacts and of course learned a new thing or 2. This followed the unfortunate problem with uncertainty of examination (the teaching staff is boycotting the exams). Anyways now I am resuming blogging normally. This was brought to my attention by a friend.

Bio-engineering Department at Stanford University has managed to create a biological device that demonstrates the properties of conventional transistors and performs standard logical operations such as AND, NAND, OR, XOR, NOR, and XNOR. In fact, such transistors based on DNA and RNA – this is a tiny computer, in the classical definition. The authors call it the working logic of Boolean Integrase Logic, or abbreviated BIL gates.

Like the standard electronic transistor, a new biological transistor quite versatile, can work in different “schemes” of biological circuits. his opens up the opportunity for scientists designing new programmable biological devices from biological sensors and detectors to bio-fuels. For example, you can program a cell to conduct the event counter, for example, how many times she met with a particular substance. You can program it to respond in a special way to other external events or stimuli.

The scientific results scientists in the Science Journal.

The illustration shows the calculated result of computer simulation (top) and the actual output of the logic operations in a biological transistor (bottom).

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