BEWARE OF THE 64-BIT MALWARE

May 24, 2017

64-bit Windows operating systems are increasing their market share and becoming more and more prevalent in businesses and organizations. But their growing popularity is also attracting more attackers who are slowly reshaping the Windows threat landscape.

Over the past two years many well-known malware families, including ransomware, banking malware, and APT campaigns, began using 64-bit variants in addition to 32-bit variants – of which Zeus and Shamoon are just two examples. While this transition is ongoing, several studies and reviews have shown that the cybersecurity industry faces serious challenges in detecting malicious 64-bit files.

To combat this threat, cybersecurity teams must gain a deep understanding of 64-bit systems, and the different mechanisms attackers can leverage to attack them. Our latest white paper highlights relevant characteristics of 64-bit systems with regards to malware threats, and reviews the evolution of 64-bit malware as well as the current threat landscape.

As very few publications have thoroughly discussed this topic, this paper is one of the first to review the risk of 64-bit malware, and the challenges posed by it to the cybersecurity industry.

Get answers to all your questions on cybersecurity for 64-bit systems:

1. Why is it important to understand the ‘what’ and ‘how’ of the 64-bit operating system?

2. What are the main differences between 64-bit and 32-bit operating systems?

3. How do these differences affect susceptibility to malware?

4. What is 64-bit malware and why it is a growing threat to organizations?

5. In which direction is the 64-bit threat landscape heading?

Download Deep Instinct’s “Beware of the 64-Bit Malware” Whitepaper.
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