Windows APT Warfare: Identify and prevent Windows APT attacks effectively

Windows APT Warfare: Identify and prevent Windows APT attacks effectively

English | 2023 | ISBN: 978-1804618110 | 258 Pages | PDF, EPUB | 104 MB

Learn Windows system design from the PE binary structure to modern and practical attack techniques used by red teams to implement advanced prevention

Key Features

  • Understand how malware evades modern security products
  • Learn to reverse engineer standard PE format program files
  • Become familiar with modern attack techniques used by multiple red teams

An Advanced Persistent Threat (APT) is a severe form of cyberattack that lies low in the system for a prolonged time and locates and then exploits sensitive information. Preventing APTs requires a strong foundation of basic security techniques combined with effective security monitoring. This book will help you gain a red team perspective on exploiting system design and master techniques to prevent APT attacks. Once you’ve understood the internal design of operating systems, you’ll be ready to get hands-on with red team attacks and, further, learn how to create and compile C source code into an EXE program file. Throughout this book, you’ll explore the inner workings of how Windows systems run and how attackers abuse this knowledge to bypass antivirus products and protection.

As you advance, you’ll cover practical examples of malware and online game hacking, such as EXE infection, shellcode development, software packers, UAC bypass, path parser vulnerabilities, and digital signature forgery, gaining expertise in keeping your system safe from this kind of malware.

By the end of this book, you’ll be well equipped to implement the red team techniques that you’ve learned on a victim’s computer environment, attempting to bypass security and antivirus products, to test its defense against Windows APT attacks.

What you will learn

  • Explore various DLL injection techniques for setting API hooks
  • Understand how to run an arbitrary program file in memory
  • Become familiar with malware obfuscation techniques to evade antivirus detection
  • Discover how malware circumvents current security measures and tools
  • Use Microsoft Authenticode to sign your code to avoid tampering
  • Explore various strategies to bypass UAC design for privilege escalation