ESET comes to RSA Conference 2021 with research on Android stalkerware and XP exploits

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BRATISLAVA – ESET will highlight its latest and as yet unpublished research during the RSA Conference 2021 taking place virtually from the 17th – 20th May 2021. ESET researchers Jean-Ian Boutin, Zuzana Hromcová and Lukáš Štefanko will provide a deep dive into Windows XP exploits and Android stalkerware.

Both presentations will take place on the opening day of the conference, 17th May. ESET researcher Lukáš Štefanko will address “Security: The Hidden Cost of Android Stalkerware” from 6.20pm to 7pm (GMT). Stalkerware is used to spy on users by gathering, transmitting and storing their personally identifiable information. ESET Research has discovered serious vulnerabilities in Android stalkerware apps, and their monitoring servers, that could result in serious user impact if exploited.

“Mobile stalkerware is a popular threat sold legally on various websites,” explains Štefanko. “Based on ESET telemetry, the number of detections of stalkerware in 2020 rose by 48% compared to 2019. I will cover more than 80 different families of Android stalkerware and focus on security issues and privacy flaws in their code.”

Immediately following Štefanko, Head of Threat Research at ESET Jean-Ian Boutin and ESET researcher Zuzana Hromcová will take the virtual stage with “Beyond Living-Off-the-Land: Why XP Exploits Still Matter” from 7pm to 7.40pm (GMT). Living-Off-the-Land refers to a technique where attackers use legitimate, preinstalled tools to carry out their malicious operations. “This presentation will introduce evolution of this technique and explain how vulnerable binaries can be leveraged to replace the well-known and well-mapped living-off-the-land binaries,” says Zuzana Hromcová. “A vulnerable Windows XP DLL can quickly turn incident response into a nightmare, even on non-XP machines. Learn from ESET’s experience and leverage our guidance to fortify your defenses against this emerging trend,” adds Jean-Ian Boutin.

To watch the presentations live, register at the RSA Conference 2021 website. Check the RSA agenda to find out which pass will best suit your interests.

If you are unable to attend the live event, do not worry – ESET will be releasing a white paper during the RSA Conference on Android stalkerware by Lukáš Štefanko. Check out WeLiveSecurity where the piece will be published. Make sure to follow ESET Research on Twitter for the latest news from ESET Research.


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